Jay Bruce hit an RBI triple in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds capped a strong season-opening homestand, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Sunday.
"It's always awesome. It never gets old. And to win on getaway day makes for, what we call, a happy flight," Bruce said.
The Reds took two of three from the Pirates and are off to a 5-1 start.
"Whenever you feel like everyone's pulling for each other, there's something special about that. Guys are having fun," manager Bryan Price said.
Brandon Phillips led off the ninth with a single. After a popout, Bruce tripled down the right field line against Arquimedes Caminero (0-1).
“It’s been fun. We just loosened up and we’re just trying to go out there and be ourselves regardless of what people think about us. All we can do is go play this game the best way we know how,” said Phillips.
Former Pirates right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (2-0) escaped a first-and-second, one-out jam in the ninth to get the win.
Eugenio Suarez opened the Reds sixth with his fourth home run of the season, tying at 1. He had three hits in the game.
"What we believe is, you never know. You have to play. Whatever happens, we'll give em' hell on the way there," Bruce said.
Tim Melville, a non-roster player in spring training, made his major league debut for the Reds Sunday.
“I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes and have fun. This is a great opportunity for me. I’m grateful to be here. It was a big moment for my family,” Melville said.
Melville threw 92 pitches, 55 for strikes, while lasting four innings. Pittsburgh stranded eight runners against him, six in scoring position.
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