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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick & Prediction SEP 16TH 2021

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Wins are precious for the Cincinnati Reds these days, as a shot at the postseason seems to be slipping away.

The Reds have dropped four straight games and are assured of their seventh straight losing series when they conclude a three-game series against the host Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

The Pirates (54-91) won the first two games of the set, including a walk-off, 5-4 result Wednesday. The Reds (75-71) are now 1 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals (76-69) and a half-game back of the San Diego Padres (75-70) in the race for the second National League wild card.

"We've just got to keep fighting and come back and keep swinging," said Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer, who hit a tying homer in the eighth inning Wednesday. "There's really no other way to say it.

"Guys are down, as they should be ... but we've just got to keep being positive, and that's we're trying to do. We've got to keep going. The tide will turn."

Before Tuesday, Cincinnati had spent 73 consecutive days in second place in the NL Central.

"We're still playing extremely important games, and that's fun," Reds manager David Bell said. "We just have to continue to work and continue to play, and it will turn around."

For the Pirates, wins are gravy these days, with each one enhancing their chances of avoiding 100 losses and providing some measure of enjoyment.

"That was fun," grinning Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said of his team winning in walk-off style Wednesday on Roberto Clemente Day.

Pittsburgh will finish its longest homestand of the season Thursday assured of winning all three series. The Pirates are 6-2 through the first eight games.

The biggest bit of drama for Pittsburgh is whether it will finally sweep a series. The Pirates are the only team in the major leagues who have not swept an opponent this year.

Perhaps incredibly, this will be their 14th shot at completing a sweep.

That includes the first two series of this homestand, when Pittsburgh won the first two games against the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals before dropping the third contest each time.

In this series finale, Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle (11-5, 3.73 ERA) is expected to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Connor Overton (0-0, 0.00).

Mahle, in his fourth full season, has reached single-season career highs in starts (29), wins, innings (159 1/3) and strikeouts (188).

In his past 22 road starts dating to Sept. 18, 2019, Mahle is 8-4 with a 2.22 ERA, a .192 batting average against, having allowed no more than three runs in any of those games.

On Friday at St. Louis, Mahle did not get a decision in a Reds win, giving up two runs and four hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and two walks.

In eight career starts against Pittsburgh, Mahle is 3-5 with a 3.43 ERA. That includes wins in his two starts against the Pirates this year, during which he compiled a 2.19 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings.

Overton, 28, will be making his first major league start. He has made his first five career appearances this year, all in relief, the first four with the Toronto Blue Jays.

In his only appearance for the Pirates, who claimed him off the waiver wire last week, Overton pitched one scoreless, hitless inning of relief with one strikeout Sunday against Washington.

--Field Level Media

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Recap SEP 16TH 2021

Asdrubal Cabrera had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and Tyler Mahle combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout Thursday, helping the visiting Cincinnati Reds post a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Reds (76-71) made the most of five hits to snap a four-game losing skid.

They also improved to 61-7 when leading after seven innings.

Mahle (12-5) increased his career-best win total after scattering five hits and striking out batters in six innings.

Lucas Sims and Michael Lorenzen bridged the gap to Mychal Givens, who struck out two batters in the ninth inning for his eighth save of the season.

All six of Pittsburgh's hits were singles.

Ke'Bryan Hayes and Ben Gamel each had two hits for the Pirates (54-92), who had won two in a row and six of eight.

Pittsburgh had lost five straight and nine of 10 against Cincinnati this year entering this series.

The Pirates remain the lone team in the major leagues that has yet to sweep an opponent. Thursday was the 14th time they went into a game with an opportunity to complete a sweep but failed -- including all three series on their homestand.

Pittsburgh rookie right-hander Connor Overton made his first career start and fifth career appearance on Thursday. He essentially served as an opener, pitching three scoreless innings and giving up two hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.

Cody Ponce (0-4) gave up the game's lone run and one hit in three innings.

The game was scoreless through six innings.

In the seventh against Ponce, Tyler Stephenson doubled off the wall in right field to mark the first time Cincinnati got its leadoff man aboard. Delino DeShields Jr. entered to pinch-run for Stephenson.

Kyle Farmer walked and Shogo Akiyama's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, respectively. DeShields scored on Cabrera's pinch-hit sacrifice fly to left field for the lone run of the game.

--Field Level Media

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