Reds drop series finale to Pirates
Williams picked up where he left off last season, when he was the only major leaguer to make 10 starts of at least six innings without allowing a run. The right-hander gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one.
The Reds put runners on the corners with two out in the sixth, but Williams struck out Yasiel Puig to end the inning. Puig is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts and a walk in two games after he was acquired in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Puig also misjudged Francisco Cervelli‘s fly ball to right in the ninth inning, but recovered in time to make a diving catch.
Sonny Gray (0-1) struggled in his Cincinnati debut, allowing three runs, two earned, and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked four and struck out none.
Gray was acquired in an offseason trade with the New York Yankees, and then agreed to a new contract with Cincinnati.
Williams singled in Cabrera in the second for his second career RBI. He entered the season with a .082 career batting average.
Williams made it 3-0 by working a bases-loaded walk in the third.
Pirates: RHP Jordan Lyles, plagued with right side discomfort, has rejoined the team and is scheduled to start on Thursday against Cincinnati.
Reds: LHP Alex Wood remains in Arizona while trying to come back from lower back stiffness. Manager David Bell labeled a possible mid-April comeback “aggressive.”
Pirates: RHP Chris Archer starts Pittsburgh’s home opener against St. Louis.
Reds: RHP Tanner Roark pitches Monday against Milwaukee. It’s his first start for Cincinnati after he was acquired in an offseason trade with Washington.
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