Score Reds vs Pirates: Hunter Greene and Art Warren combine for eight no-hitter innings, but Cincinnati loses the game

The Cincinnati Reds pitched a combined eight-inning no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at PNC Park. However, the Pirates managed to win the match by a score of 1-0.

The game went scoreless until the bottom of the eighth, when the one-out Pirates walked three to load the bases. At that point, KeBryan Hayes hit a second-in-the-second grounder that looked like a potential end-of-inning double play. However, Alejo Lopez missed the transfer and Hayes managed to beat his throw for an RBI forced out.

That score held as David Bednar had a perfect ninth start for his seventh save of the season. Because the Pirates were at home and didn’t bat in the bottom of the ninth, it went an eight inning no-hitter for the Reds. The Elias Athletic Bureau does not recognize non-hitters unless they cover at least nine innings. If it had been official, it would have been the third no-hitter of the season. The Mets threw a combined hit against the Phillies on April 29, and Angels rookie Reid Detmers held the Rays without a hit on May 10.

As Sarah Langs notes, the Pirates become one of the few teams to win a game despite not recording a hit:

On the Reds side, rookie right-hander Hunter Greene did the heavy lifting:

Two of those walks came in the eighth, leading to a clearly tiring Greene being lifted in favor of reliever Art Warren. Greene ended up throwing 118 pitches, which is not only the highest total of his young career, but also the most pitches of any pitcher this season. Before Sunday’s outing, Greene hadn’t pitched more than 5 1/3 innings in a game. Greene, a former No. 2 overall pick, has a big fastball and an ace cap. However, he struggled in his first major league season. Sunday’s outing lowered his 2022 ERA from 7.62 to 6.21.

The loss drops the Reds to 9-26 this season, while the Pirates improve to 15-19.

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