By MARK SCHMETZER
CINCINNATI — Kris Negron waited a long time for his first major-league home run. When it came, he was in a hurry to celebrate with his teammates.
Negron hit a 3-run homer, All-Star Todd Frazier added a 2-run shot and the Cincinnati Reds rolled into the break with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
Called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday for his first appearance in the majors since playing four games in 2012, Negron hit an opposite-field homer to right off Francisco Liriano in the second inning.
The RBIs were the first of his career, and the hit was his second.
“Negron is a tempo guy,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “You could tell it was a surreal moment for him because he was flying around the bases. It was a lifetime achievement.
Negron has been in professional baseball for nine years. He was promoted from the minors when second baseman Brandon Phillips was put on the disabled list with torn ligaments in his left thumb.
“I was so amped up that I was around the bases as quickly as I could be,” Negron said. “I love playing this game. You have your ups and downs but you have to keep playing. I’m not thinking about how long I’m going to be here. I’m just blessed with the opportunity and I’m going to keep playing whenever my number is called.”
The game was delayed by rain for 56 minutes with Pittsburgh batting in the top of the fifth.