Reds third baseman Suarez suffers broken thumb

Injury comes one day after he drove in five runs in victory against Pirates

Third baseman Eugenio Suarez was hit by a pitch on the right hand in the fourth inning Sunday in Pittsburgh, and the Cincinnati Reds announced he has been diagnosed with a fractured thumb.

The Reds lost the game 5-0 and were one-hit by Pirates starter Jameson Taillon. The Reds lost three out of four games to the Pirates and fell to 2-6.

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Suarez hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run in the eighth inning Saturday and drove in five runs in a 7-4 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s hitting .296 in eight games.

Suarez has started every game at third base this season and hit second in all but one.

Cliff Pennington replaced Suarez at third base Sunday. Pennington has played 56 games at third base in his career but has primarily been a middle infielder.

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Second baseman Scooter Gennett also has experience at third base. Among the options at Triple-A Louisville for the Reds are Alex Blandino, the starting third baseman for Triple-A Louisville, and Nick Senzel, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft. The Bats took Blandino out of a game nine minutes after the Suarez injury was announced.

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