PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- At long last,
has a major league victory.
smacked a three-run homer and
had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly as the
Vogelsong (1-1), who allowed three hits in five scoreless innings, had been 0-6 in 22 lifetime appearances.
"It's definitely been a long time coming," Vogelsong said. "I'll tell you that it's a great feeling. Everyone dreams of winning their first game in the big leagues. (It was) a special night."
Stairs gave Vogelsong a three-run cushion in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out homer off
Todd Van Poppel
(0-1) that bounced into the Allegheny River.
"I'm going to keep trying to get it in the river on the fly - that's my goal," said Stairs, who has hit three balls into the Allegheny, including two this season. "Get in the batter's box and see how far you can hit a home run."
"Stairs is a good hitter, you have to know his tendencies," Van Poppel said. "I laid one in there. He took advantage. He did what he's supposed to do, he hit it a long way."
Wilson made it 5-0 with a two-out double to left field against Van Poppel in the sixth, then capped the scoring with a one-out sacrifice fly against
in the eighth.
"We've had our spells where we haven't done anything with runners in scoring position and spells where all we do is get hits," Wilson said. "We've been playing great lately. I kind of think the adrenaline might kick in a little when I see a runner on second base."
"Van Poppel gave us a chance. He was able to hold them until the sixth," Reds interim manager Dave Miley said. "Wilson got a hold of a 3-2 fastball. They came up with the big hits and we didn't."
pitched a perfect ninth to post his eighth save.
It was the 16th loss in 22 games for the Reds, who finally got on the board on an RBI groundout by D'Angelo Jimenez in the seventh inning.
Cincinnati added two unearned runs against
one inning later.
"I think the final line on Vogelsong was that we helped him out," Miley said. "Even the runs we scored, they gave them to us. We had opportunities early and didn't capitalize."
Only 8,565 paid fans attended the game - the smallest crowd in the three-year history of PNC Park.