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CINCINNATI (AP) — Unexpected stars Tony Gwynn Jersey , unconventional moves, one pleasing win. The David Bell era in Cincinnati got off to an encouraging start for a Reds team trying to finally escape last place.Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning Thursday, and Bell went against the book while closing out a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first game as manager.The Reds got starring performances from two players signed for backup roles last month. They also ended the game with a relief pitcher playing center field, a sign of Bell’s openness to new ideas.“You like to try and tell yourself that it’s just one game, but it’s not,” said Bell, whose grandfather and father played for the Reds. “It’s special to the city. It’s a big day.”Two players signed to minor league deals last month became part of Cincinnati’s opening day lore.New shortstop Jose Iglesias doubled twice and drove in a run. After Jose Peraza’s homer off Jameson Taillon (0-1) tied it in the seventh, Dietrich put the Reds up 5-2 with his pinch-hit homer off Richard Rodriguez . Dietrich got a curtain call from the crowd of 44,049, the largest for a regular-season game at Great American Ball Park.Dietrich was known for getting hit by pitches during his six seasons with the Marlins — he set a club record. He never had reason for a curtain call.“I was taking it all in in the dugout with the guys and they were like, ‘Get up there! Get up there!'” Dietrich said.Zach Duke (1-0) retired the two batters he faced. Former closer Raisel Iglesias came on in the eighth and gave up a solo homer by Corey Dickerson. Bell replaced him with two on in the ninth, another unconventional move.David Hernandez loaded the bases with a walk before retiring Dickerson on a grounder Dave Winfield Jersey , getting his first save since 2017. Dickerson fouled off seven pitches with two strikes to extend the game.“It’s a great at-bat,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was a pretty epic battle, that late, that kind of situation. They won this one.”Cincinnati reliever Michael Lorenzen got into the game as a pinch runner in the seventh and played the last two innings in center field. He didn’t have a ball hit his way.The win opened a notable season for the Reds. Commissioner Rob Manfred was grand marshal of the pregame parade that kicked off baseball’s 150th anniversary celebration of the first all-professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.The Reds gave themselves an offseason makeover with three trades, including the addition of Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers. The right fielder got one of the loudest cheers — fans chanting “PUUUUIIIIIIG!”— during pregame introductions and went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts.Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang singled home a pair of runs in the sixth, an early return on the $3 million, one-year deal he signed last November.OUTFIELD WOESThe Pirates opened the season with a depleted outfield. Right fielder Gregory Polanco is recovering from shoulder surgery, and fill-in Lonnie Chisenhall went on the injury list before the game with a broken right index finger. Adding to the problems, center fielder Starling Marte was a late scratch from the lineup because of a migraine.STREAK STOPPEDTaillon allowed three runs or fewer in his last 22 starts of 2018. The Reds got four in the opener, ending his streak.“I’m not going to lose too much sleep over it,” Taillon said. “I feel like I’m in a really good place.”REMEMBERING ROBBIEThe Reds played a tribute to Frank Robinson on the video board before the game. The Hall of Famer died last month at age 83.COMMISH & CATCHERIn his role as parade grand marshal Rollie Fingers Jersey , Manfred rode in a car with Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.“If you’re going to spend a half-hour in an open car with anybody, Johnny Bench is a good choice,” Manfred said. “He’s like a god here. I’m sure you could put the most despicable guy in the world in an open car with Johnny Bench and he would get cheered here.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: In addition to Chisenhall, the Pirates put fifth starter Jordan Lyles (sore right side), C Elias Diaz (virus), RHP Dovydas Neverauskas (oblique) and OF Jose Osuna (neck) on the injury list. They also moved RHP Edgar Santana (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day injured list.Reds: Put INF Alex Blandino, 2B Scooter Gennett and LHP Alex Wood on the 10-day injury list.UP NEXTPirates: After an off day Friday, Trevor Williams (14-10) tries to build upon his second-half success last season. His 1.38 ERA after the All-Star break was second-best in the majors behind Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell (1.17).Reds: Sonny Gray (11-9) makes his third career start against the Pirates. The Reds got him in a trade with the Yankees on Jan. 21 after he agreed to add three years to his deal worth $30.5 million through 2022. SAN FRANCISCO — Anibal Sanchez will attempt to turn the tables on the San Francisco Giants in more ways than one Wednesday afternoon when he takes the mound for the finale in a three-game series between teams headed in opposite directions.The Braves (81-64) won a second straight in San Francisco and fourth in a row overall Tuesday night when Mike Foltynewicz threw a complete-game six-hitter in a 4-1 victory that increased Atlanta’s lead in the National League East to a season-best 6 1/2 games over Philadelphia.Sanchez (6-5, 3.09 ERA) will seek to complete what would be the Braves’ first three-game sweep in San Francisco since 2011, which also was the last time Atlanta won a series at AT&T Park.Article continues below ...The Braves already have clinched a series win, having also captured Monday’s series opener by the same 4-1 count.The Giants, who are 0-for-September in 10 starts Randy Jones Jersey , have scored no more than one run in six of their last seven home games.Atlanta also will be attempting to draw even with San Francisco in the season series, after the Giants ventured to Atlanta and swept a three-game set in May.Sanchez will be facing the Giants for the second time since suffering a 2-0 loss for the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the 2012 World Series. He allowed a key triple to Gregor Blanco in that game.Sanchez was outpitched that night by Ryan Vogelsong.The 34-year-old extracted a measure of revenge with a 6-2 win for the Tigers over the Giants last season. It improved his lifetime mark against the Giants in regular-season games to 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six starts.Sanchez is winless in his last six outings.Coincidentally, one of the Braves’ stars other than Foltynewicz in Tuesday’s win has a link to the 2012 World Series as well.Charlie Culberson, a first-round pick of the Giants in 2007, came off the bench to hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to account for half the Braves’ runs Tuesday.The Giants traded Culberson to the Colorado Rockies at the 2012 trade deadline for second baseman Marco Scutaro, who went on to be one of San Francisco’s postseason heroes that year.Left-hander Derek Holland (7-8, 3.54 ERA) will oppose Sanchez with the task of ending the Giants’ 10-game losing streak, their longest since 1996.Holland has been a victim of the Giants’ cold bats of late, having gone 1-0 in his last five starts despite a 1.61 ERA. He has allowed 19 hits and five runs in those 28 innings.The 31-year-old has pitched only once in his career against the Braves, getting a no-decision in a 2-1 win for the Texas Rangers in 2014. He limited Atlanta to one run in seven innings that night.Holland will go head-to-head with young Braves standout Ozzie Albies for the first time. The 21-year-old has contributed two doubles and a triple to the Giants’ downfall in the series.