Rookie Luplow’s first HR helps Pirates top Reds


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Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordan Luplow hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Wandy Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordan Luplow hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Wandy Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte watches his RBI single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte watches his RBI single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


PITTSBURGH — Jordan Luplow picked up the first two hits of his career, including a three-run home run in the eighth inning, to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night.

Luplow beat out an infield single in the second for his first hit. His second went considerably farther, reaching the first row of seats in left-center field with two men aboard as Pittsburgh ended a four-game losing streak.

Starling Marte added three hits for Pittsburgh. A.J. Schugel (4-0) picked up the victory in relief.

John Jaso gave the Pirates the lead in the seventh, racing home from third when Cincinnati right-fielder Phillip Ervin’s throw to the plate sailed far off line. Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen (8-3) and catcher Stuart Turner collided attempting to stop the ball as it headed to the Pittsburgh dugout, leaving home plate uncovered.

Billy Hamilton had two hits for Cincinnati and stole two bases to boost his total to a major-league leading 58.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Jordan Luplow hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Wandy Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_118314321-efc616a216c248bca24b35463bb90f84.jpgPittsburgh Pirates' Jordan Luplow hits a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Wandy Peralta during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte watches his RBI single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_118314321-978c93ade8e24a4da24d383df076d28f.jpgPittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte watches his RBI single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_118314321-64f77efb21834761908fa2a57d0a2050.jpgPittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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