Pirates slam three home runs to down Reds

by | Sep 12, 2022 | Sports

CINCINNATI — Rodolfo Castro and Diego Castillo homered in a five-run fifth inning to power the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.Castro hit a three-run home run off Mike Minor in the fifth inning. His eighth of the season. Castillo, who was recalled from Indianapolis before the game, hit a two-run shot — his 11th — to cap the inning.“Brian got us on the board early, then we got a couple balls that just got over the fence,” Pirates’ manager Derek Shelton said. “We had good at-bats all night.”Castillo had to travel from Omaha and arrived about three hours before the game.“It was a crazy day,” Castillo said. “I was working on hitting right handed pitchers. I’m the same player. I’m going to swing hard all the time. I hit a cutter in. I was just trying to hit the ball hard. I was ready in the moment.”‘”When he was here before he did a nice jobs against left handed pitching,” Shelton said. “There just weren’t enough at bats so we sent him. He came back up here against a left handed starter and did a really nice job.”Aristides Aquino broke an 0-for-8 slide with his eighth home run with a man on to put the Reds on top. The line drive off Bryse Wilson was Aquino’s eighth of the season and fourth in his last eight games.Bria …

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