CINCINNATI -- Right-hander Keyvius Sampson started off sharp on Sunday by retiring the first seven batters he faced, but things got rocky from there as the Pirates spoiled his first career start with a 3-0 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Sean Rodriguez snapped the early perfect-game bid with a double that started off a two-run top of the third for the Pirates. Sampson would also give up a solo homer in the fourth inning, finishing the day with three runs surrendered on three hits and one walk across five innings.
Robert Bondy is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.