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Lodolo cruises through 7 innings for 5th straight win, Espinal homers in Reds' 2-1 win over Pirates

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Lodolo cruises through 7 innings for 5th straight win, Espinal homers in Reds' 2-1 win over Pirates
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Lodolo cruises through 7 innings for 5th straight win, Espinal homers in Reds' 2-1 win over Pirates

2024-06-19 09:29 Last Updated At:09:31

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Lodolo allowed one run in seven innings to win a fifth straight start, Santiago Espinal hit a two-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Lodolo (8-2) struck out eight without issuing a walk and gave up four hits. The left-hander has been tagged for seven runs in 30 1/3 innings in five starts since May 27.

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (40) during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Lodolo allowed one run in seven innings to win a fifth straight start, Santiago Espinal hit a two-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter, right, beats Cincinnati Reds' Jake Fraley to first for the out during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter, right, beats Cincinnati Reds' Jake Fraley to first for the out during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, left, celebrates with Spencer Steer (7) after getting the final out of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, left, celebrates with Spencer Steer (7) after getting the final out of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Spencer Steer leaps for but can't come down with a ball hit for a solo home run by Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Spencer Steer leaps for but can't come down with a ball hit for a solo home run by Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) rounds third base to greetings from third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) rounds third base to greetings from third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds can't make the catch on a two-run home run by Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds can't make the catch on a two-run home run by Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, right, celebrates with Luke Maile (22) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, right, celebrates with Luke Maile (22) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter delivers to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter delivers to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

“I thought, overall, I just felt in control,” Lodolo said. "I just want to go out there and give us a good chance to win. ... The goal is for me to go out there and get myself in position to win. So, tonight was definitely a good one.

“I'm really just five days at a time. I feel like you start looking ahead, you never know. I just have to stay present and do it again in five days.”

Espinal put the Reds ahead in the fifth inning, driving a fastball from Bailey Falter just over a leaping Bryan Reynolds at the wall and 376 feet into the left field bleachers.

Alexis Díaz struck out one in a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save.

Falter (3-5) surrendered two runs on seven hits, going seven innings with three strikeouts and two walks.

“Felt good to go out there and provide for the team, especially after my last two starts,” said Falter, who had allowed eight runs in eight combined innings his previous two outings. “Those guys having been working for me for a really long time.”

Lodolo retired 11 in a row until Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a solo home run with one out in the seventh inning, sending a 2-2 curveball 382 feet to left.

“They made him work for it, for sure, in that seventh,” Reds manager David Bell said. “A pretty hot night. If it wasn't for that inning, maybe it's one of those nights he can go even deeper than that. But getting us through seven on a day like that, all right-handed lineup, good hitters, that's about as good as it gets.”

Andrew McCutchen hit a two-out single ahead of a double down the left-field line from Reynolds in the third. Lodolo struck out Connor Joe to strand them in scoring position and keep Pittsburgh from taking an early lead.

“He sure has been good,” Bell said of Lodolo. “Tonight, in command all night. Threw pitches for strikes. Can get outs with all three of those pitches. That's pretty tough. He's just finding ways to get better. He had it all working tonight, though.”

Reynolds was 2 for 4, extending his hit streak to 16 games with a swinging bunt in the first. He came close to tying the score in the eighth, sending a sharp line drive off Fernando Cruz to center with one out and McCutchen on first.

Stuart Fairchild tracked it for an overhead catch just shy of the wall and McCutchen, running past second base, was thrown out at first for an inning-ending double play.

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RHP Hunter Greene (5-2, 3.61 ERA) will look to win sixth straight decision for the Reds when he takes the mound Wednesday to close the series opposite Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (8-4, 3.36). Greene is 5-0 in nine starts since allowing four runs in a 7-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on April 22; Keller is 6-1 dating to May 6, but gave up four runs in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals his last time out on June 13.

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (40) during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo (40) during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter, right, beats Cincinnati Reds' Jake Fraley to first for the out during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter, right, beats Cincinnati Reds' Jake Fraley to first for the out during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, left, celebrates with Spencer Steer (7) after getting the final out of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, left, celebrates with Spencer Steer (7) after getting the final out of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. The Reds won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Spencer Steer leaps for but can't come down with a ball hit for a solo home run by Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds left fielder Spencer Steer leaps for but can't come down with a ball hit for a solo home run by Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) rounds third base to greetings from third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) rounds third base to greetings from third base coach Mike Rabelo after hitting a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds can't make the catch on a two-run home run by Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds can't make the catch on a two-run home run by Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, right, celebrates with Luke Maile (22) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal, right, celebrates with Luke Maile (22) as he returns to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter delivers to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter delivers to a Cincinnati Reds batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds' Santiago Espinal hits a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Bailey Falter during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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Germany says it saw fewer security problems than expected during Euro 2024

2024-07-15 21:17 Last Updated At:21:21

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship, the country's top security official said Monday.

The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. That capped a month-long event which mostly saw only isolated and relatively minor incidents, a contrast with violence at some past tournaments.

Germany's Interior Ministry said that about 2.6 million people attended matches in the 10 host cities, and another 6 million watched games in the designated fan zones.

Over the course of the tournament, it said, there was a total of about 170 arrests and 320 temporary detentions. Police recorded about 2,340 offenses linked to the tournament, including some 700 involving bodily harm and 120 thefts. There were about 140 cases involving violence against police officers.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said the country had been “prepared for all conceivable dangers from Islamist terrorism, through hooligan violence to cyberattacks and dangerous drone flights.”

“There were significantly fewer security incidents and offenses than our security authorities had expected beforehand at an event with millions of people,” Faeser said in a statement. “Above all, the very high police presence across the country was decisive in this.”

Germany introduced temporary border controls at all its frontiers during Euro 2024, something that has become standard practice during such events in Europe's nominally ID check-free travel zone, the Schengen area. Those are due to run through Friday.

They will then be dropped at the borders with Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. However, the government is ordering checks on the border with France before and during the upcoming Olympic Games, and longer-standing checks on the eastern and southern borders with Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland that were motivated by concerns about migration will be kept in place.

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FILE - Police officers patrol near England's fans before the start of the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Germany's top security official says authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

FILE - Police officers patrol near England's fans before the start of the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Germany's top security official says authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

FILE -England fans speak with police officers as they celebrate ahead of a semi final match between Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Germany's top security official says authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

FILE -England fans speak with police officers as they celebrate ahead of a semi final match between Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Germany's top security official says authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

FILE - Netherlands fans walk with flags next to police officers during celebration ahead of a semi final match between Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Germany's top security official says authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

FILE - Netherlands fans walk with flags next to police officers during celebration ahead of a semi final match between Netherlands and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Germany's top security official says authorities had fewer security problems and crimes to deal with than they expected at the European Championship. The tournament ended on Sunday with Spain beating England 2-1 in the final in Berlin and no reports of serious disturbances. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Pyrotechnics go off as Spanish players celebrate after they won the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Pyrotechnics go off as Spanish players celebrate after they won the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Police officers walk near England's fans before the start of the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Police officers walk near England's fans before the start of the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Spain's Dani Olmo holds up the trophy to the fans after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Spain's Dani Olmo holds up the trophy to the fans after winning the final match between Spain and England at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, July 14, 2024. Spain won 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

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