The Short Version: Cincinnati rides a strong start from Luis Castillo and five hits from rookies (Brandon Dixon and Jesse Winker) — plus a little grand slam from Eugenio Suarez — to a series victory over the Pirates.

Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (27-22) 4 7 1
Cincinnati Reds (18-33) 5 8 0
W: Castillo (4-4) L: Nova (2-5) S: Hughes (2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Luis Castillo took a shutout into the sixth inning, and finished with a pretty good line: 6 IP, two runs allowed on four hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. I think it’s safe to assume that the good Castillo is back.

–Brandon Dixon was 3 for 4 with a double. Those are the first three hits of Dixon’s big league career. Have a day, young man!

–Jesse Winker was 2-4 in the leadoff spot with a single and his first home run of the season. He also scored two runs. Eugenio Suarez had the big blast, a third-inning grand slam. Scott Schebler had a couple of singles.

–Jared Hughes used four pitches to collect the final two outs, securing his second save for the Reds.

The Bad
–Adam Duvall: 0 for 4, two strikeouts. .177/.276/.399 on the season.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds won a series! Always an exciting development in 2018. In fact, Cincinnati is 10-6 in their last 16 games. #SelectiveEndPoints

–Except for the solo home run by Winker, the Reds did all their damage in the bottom of the third. With the game still scoreless, Castillo walked to lead off the inning. Winker singled and, one out later, Scooter Gennett reached on a throwing error to load the bases. Suarez subsequently drilled a ball to left field for a grand slam, his eighth homer of the season.

–The Reds will be on the road until June 5. Safe travels, Redlegs.