Stokes’ first career hits help Pirates finally solve Reds


The Pirates handled the Reds, 7-2 on Tuesday night

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Troy Stokes Jr. drives in a run with a single against the Cincinnati Reds, his first hit in the majors, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.

Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning and doubled in a run in the eighth.

Brubaker allowed one run on five hits as he won for the first time in four starts.

The Pirates had lost eight straight games to the Reds. Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker had a home run and two doubles.

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