Reds 14 Pirates 1 Boxscore HERE
Are we having fun yet? The Reds are 4-1, winners of four straight and having won back to back series to begin the season. That's seven straight series wins dating back to last season.
They moved three games above .500 for the first time since May of 2017 when they stood 19-16.
The Reds offense piled it on with 17 hits, sparked by a four run 2nd inning and five run 5th inning, plus two runs in the 4th and 6th.
They were 7 for 12 with runners in scoring position and collected seven two-out RBI.
Per Bobby Nightengale (Enquirer) and Elias Sports Bureau: The 46 runs in their opening five games are their most to begin a season in franchise history. The previous mark was 44 by 1895 and1976 Reds.
Tyler Naquin homered twice and drove in a career high seven runs. The 7 RBI tie the franchise record for most from the leadoff spot (Brandon Phillips '15). His 12 RBI lead MLB....in 14 AB's. He's had games of 2,3 and 7 RBI.
Naquin led off the game with a 454-foot homer that bounced onto the Bowtie Bar in right field and out of GABP. He added a three-run blast in the second inning. He wound up: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 7 RBI.
3 hits for: Naquin, Nick Senzel (4 R), Jonathan India (3 R/4 RBI) and Tucker Barnhart (2 R/3 RBI). Moustakas 2 H/2 R. Castellanos had a 2B.
The Reds 6-7-8 hitters were a combined 9 for 12, 9 runs, 7 RBI, double, triple and walk (Senzel-India-Barnhart).
Senzel has scored six runs over the last two games.
There continues to be so much to love about this offense:
2nd inning: Mike Moustakas flared a single. Senzel then blooped a single and Moose went 1st to 3rd. India extended his hitting streak to five with a smash through the left side for an RBI single to make it 2-0.
4th inning: Senzel lined a single up the middle and then went around to third on an errant pickoff throw. He scored on a sacrifice fly by India. Barnhart and Wade Miley lined singles. Then Naquin put a ball in play for fielder's choice RBI to make it 7-0.
5th inning: Senzel battled from an 0-2 hole to draw a seven pitch walk. India beat the shift by lining through the hole on the right side to plate Senzel. Barnhart parachuted a double down the line to drive in two runs.
Wade Miley: 6 IN, 0 R. The Pirates did not register their first hit until one out into the 4th inning.
The Reds have won consecutive starts by Jeff Hoffman, Jose DeLeon and Miley.
Romano: 2 IN, 1 R
Carson Fulmer: 1 IN
The Pirates got on the board with a solo shot by Phillip Evans off Sal Romano in the 7th inning.
Joey Votto roped a single in the 3rd inning, but also made two outs in the 5th inning when the Reds batted around.
Eugenio Suarez struck our four times. He did make a lunging stab of a liner in the 1st inning and came up with a big smile on his face.
Pirates RF Phillip Evans pitched the 8th inning and retired the Reds in order( Kyle Farmer/Senzel/India).