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Bryan Reynolds slugs 3 HRs to rally Pirates past Nats

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Jun 29, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell (19) slides into second base for a double ahead of the tag of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (15) during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Reynolds hit three homers and drove in six runs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the host Washington Nationals 8-7 on Wednesday to snap a five-game losing streak.

Pittsburgh trailed 6-5 when Michael Perez singled leading off the seventh. Hoy Park walked and Kyle Finnegan replaced Carl Edwards Jr. (2-2) for Washington. Ke’Bryan Hayes struck out, but Reynolds’ fly to left center carried into the Pirates’ bullpen for his third homer of the game and 15th of the season.

Yadiel Hernandez homered with two outs in the seventh to pull Washington within 8-7. The Nationals loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Luis Garcia lined out.

Daniel Vogelbach also homered for the Pirates, who averted the three-game sweep.

Chase De Jong (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Yerry De Los Santos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first major league save.

Josh Bell reached base five times with two doubles, a single and two walks for the Nationals, who had won three straight. The Nats out-hit Pittsburgh 16-9 but left 10 on base.

Pirates starter Mitch Keller lasted four-plus innings, allowing five runs on nine hits.

Paolo Espino started for Washington was lifted after 4 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs on five hits.

Hayes lined a single to open the game and Reynolds followed with a shot to center for a 2-0 lead.

Washington tied in their half of the first. Bell smacked a two-out double and scored on a single by Nelson Cruz, who scored on a single by Keibert Ruiz.

Ehire Adrianza singled to start the second for Washington and scored on a double by Juan Soto to make it 3-2.

Vogelbach tied it with a solo homer to center with one out in the fourth.

The Pirates got runners to second and third with one out against Espino in the fifth. Steve Cishek came on and Hayes lined into a double play as Park left second on the hit and was tagged out at third. Jack Suwinski left third early but Washington did not appeal the play before leaving the field and the Pirates got the run.

Bell walked leading off the bottom half of the fifth and Cruz singled. Ruiz singled home Bell and Yadiel Hernandez doubled to score Cruz. Ruiz scored on Cesar Hernandez’s single and Washington led 6-4.

Reynolds made it 6-5 when he homered of Edwards to start the sixth.

–Field Level Media