Jameson Taillon strong again as Pirates edge Reds |

Jameson Taillon strong again as Pirates edge Reds

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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon takes the field on Roberto Clemente Day during a game against the Reds Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez celebrates with catcher Francisco Cervelli after defeating the Reds Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at PNC Park.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman tags out the Reds' Scooter Gennett during the eighth inning Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, at PNC Park.

The way Jameson Taillon pitched was only part of his perfect night at the ballpark Wednesday.

Taillon was announced as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented annually by MLB to a player “who shows extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

Clemente spent his entire career with the Pirates from 1954-72 before dying in a plane crash while attempting to transport supplies from his native Puerto Rico to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua. Taillon met the Hall of Fame outfielder’s widow, Vera, and three children prior to the game.

“It was the first time I ever had the opportunity to meet them, and it was quite an honor, especially meeting the namesake of the man the award is named after,” Taillon said. “That was really special. Then to go out and win the game made things even more special.”

The right-hander tossed five effective innings and helped send Homer Bailey to yet another loss as the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2, to sweep their three-game series.

Taillon (12-9) allowed only one run as he scattered eight hits and walked none while striking out six. He is 5-2 with a 2.56 ERA in his last eight starts.

Bailey (1-14) lost his ninth straight decision, and the Reds are 1-19 in his starts this season after he gave up three runs in five innings.

Cincinnati put multiple runners on base during four of Taillon’s five innings but managed only one run when Jose Peraza homered in the first. Down 3-1, the Reds left the bases loaded in the fifth, but Taillon struck out Scott Schebler to end the inning on his 100th and final pitch.

“I had to regroup and get Schebler,” Taillon said. “If I don’t, it ruins the whole night.”

“It was a lot of grit, will and making pitches when he had to,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Felipe Vazquez survived a shaky ninth inning, allowing Dilson Herrera’s pinch-hit RBI double with none out, before earning his 30th save. After Herrera made it 3-2, Vazquez struck out Philip Ervin and Billy Hamilton, then walked Peraza and Joey Votto before getting NL batting leader Scooter Gennett to hit a game-ending comebacker.

“He’s done that before,” Hurdle said. “It seems like when the situation arrives where there’s complications, he shows how collected he is.”

Bailey’s lone win this year came May 12 at Dodger Stadium.

“The bottom line is winning and losing,” he said when asked how he felt about his outing.

Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli hit back-to-back RBI singles with one out in the third to snap a 1-all tie. Colin Moran drew Pittsburgh even an inning earlier with a run-scoring double.

Peraza, Schebler, Votto and Mason Williams each had two hits for the Reds, who outhit Pittsburgh 11-6.

The Pirates lead the season series 12-4 and sent the Reds to their 11th loss in 14 games.

“They made the pitches to get out of trouble,” Cincinnati interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “We had the bases loaded, they got out of that one. They got out of the one there late. Just coming up short.”

Note: Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (strained right forearm) went through a 30-pitch bullpen session, throwing all fastballs, and the team is hopeful he will be able to pitch in either a major league game before the end of the season or in the fall instructional league. Kuhl has been out since June 27.

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