Hurdle, Cole disgusted by Pirates’ Sunday flop against last-place Cincinnati

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Gerrit Cole reacts to allowing a run in the sixth inning Sunday. - GETTY

Not even the Reds themselves can figure it out. In eight lifetime starts against Cincinnati, Gerrit Cole has a 5.44 ERA, improbably far beyond his career mark of 3.01.

"I don't know, because I know he's a stud and I know he's really good," Reds manager Bryan Price said after his club avoided a sweep with a 7-3 win Sunday at PNC Park. "He's a really good pitcher who's had more than his share of bad luck against us. And we've played really well against him."

All due respect to the rest of the Reds, who had won six consecutive series entering the weekend, that 'we' was more like a 'he' in this case, as in leadoff man Billy Hamilton. The fastest man in the sport snatched four stolen bases Sunday, boosting him back into the major-league lead with 43.

Cole's two self-diagnosed ailments this afternoon hurt the Pirates (55-54) right away, as Hamilton walked with a full-count to start the first, proceeded to steal second and third and then bet that the home team wouldn't be able to execute if he took off for home on Adam Duvall's grounder to Jung Ho Kang.