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Reds strike lightning again, sweep opening series

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Three games into the season, the Reds (3-0) have settled into a groove they never quite found in 2014 with back-to-back walk-off wins to sweep the Pirates. A little more than 14 hours after Joey Votto's extra-inning walk-off winner in game two, Marlon Byrd lifted the Reds to a 3-2 victory with his game-winner in the series finale.
 
“We've been grinding it out,” said Byrd. “Joey [Votto] has been carrying us a couple of games. So, it was nice to get a win.”
 
“I think we're a much better team now as far as playing good situational baseball,” said Reds manager Bryan Price. “If we win the one-run games, we'll be in this thing all the way to the end.”
 
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier were waiting on the corners as Byrd stepped to the plate. Byrd sprayed a one-out liner to right that was misplayed by Gregory Polanco. The error allowed Frazier to cruise home for the Reds third straight victory to open the season.
 
“It's exciting,” said Frazier who went 1-for-4 at the plate. “I'm pretty tired. I bet after I eat dinner, I'll be in bed 7:30 or 8 o'clock tonight.”
 
Joey Votto went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2. It was Votto's first homer since May 10, 2014.
 
“We all as a group have to prove ourselves day in and day out,” said Votto. “It's just game three. I'm not getting terribly excited about it. I'm content.”
 
In his first start with the Reds, Anthony DeSclafani gave up five hits and two earned runs over six innings. He also struck out six and gave up a home run.

Aroldis Chapman (1-0) was credited with the win for his effort in the ninth. Chapman struck out two and sent the Pirates down in order.
 
It was Cincinnati's first opening series sweep since they opened the 2011 season with a sweep of the Brewers.
 
The Reds host the Cardinals for a three-game weekend set. Jason Marquis will make his debut for the Reds on Friday against the Cardinals' John Lackey at 7:10 p.m.  
 
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