Newman's single in 10th gives Pirates win and sweep of Reds
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By JOHN PERROTTO
PITTSBURGH (AP) Kevin Newman hit a winning single in the 10th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rebounded from a blown three-run lead in the ninth to beat Cincinnati 4-3 on Wednesday and send the Reds to their 96th loss, their most since 2015.
Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Chase De Jong and Jake Fraley homered five pitches later to tie the score 3-3.
After Yohan Ramirez (3-1) pitched a perfect 10th, Alexis Diaz (6-3) intentionally walked Ben Gamel, and Newman dumped a two-out single into shallow center to score pinch-runner Rodolfo Castro from second. Newman has seven walkoff hits.
"In that situation, I just take a deep breath, go pitch to pitch and try to get a good pitch to hit," Newman said. "It's always special anytime to come through. For my teammates, for the crowd, the organization just to end the game on a walk-off is awesome."
Pittsburgh (59-97), last in the NL Central, pulled within a game of the Reds (60-96), who are headed to their worst record since going 64-98 in 2015. The Pirates have won seven in a row against Cincinnati.
"It's tough to come in here and lose the series against the Pirates," Farmer said. "I think it's a series we should have won."
Bryse Wilson allowed three hits - all to Jose Barrero - in eight shutout innings, Pittsburgh's longest scoreless outing since Ivan Nova against Arizona on June 22, 2018 against Arizona.
Wilson threw 90 pitches and said he still felt strong and would have gladly gone out for the ninth inning.
"I felt like I didn't have a ton of high-stress pitches -- in the eighth a little bit -- but I felt good," Wilson said. "I asked (to pitch the ninth) but it was shut down pretty quickly."
Pirates manager Derek Shelton did not regret pulling Wilson.
"In hindsight you can second-guess everything," Shelton said. "But in terms of why we made the decision and the thought process was, we're going to stick to our process. I'm more excited that Bryse threw the ball as well as he did for eight innings and was able to execute pitches. That was the thing that I'll take away from his outing."
Luis Cessa gave up three runs and six hits in six innings in his 200th career game and 28th start. He is 1-3 with a 4.03 in eight starts since being moved from the bullpen and would like to stay in the rotation in 2023.
"My arm feels great. My body feels great," Cessa said. "I feel good mentally. In the offseason, I'm going to prepare to be a starter. That way it will also be easier if I get moved to the bullpen."
Miguel Andujar had an RBI double in the first and has five RBIs in three games since the Pirates claimed him off waivers from the New York Yankees. Oneil Cruz hit a two-run double in the second.
Reds: OF Mike Siani got the day off after being shaken up Tuesday night while trying to make a diving catch and leaving the game.
Reds: Rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (5-4, 4.18) will pitch Friday at the Chicago Cubs.
Pirates: RHP Johan Oviedo (4-2, 3.13) starts Friday at St. Louis. He was acquired from Chicago on Aug. 1.
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Updated September 28, 2022