Derek Dietrich’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning rallied the new-look Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, an encouraging start for a Cincinnati team looking to escape last place.

Playing their first game under manager David Bell , the Reds got starring performances from two players signed for backup roles last month. They also ended the game with a relief pitcher playing center field, a sign of Bell’s openness to new ideas.

Two players who joined the organization last month on minor league deals became part of Cincinnati’s opening day lore.

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell works in the dugout in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell works in the dugout in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Shortstop Jose Iglesias doubled twice and drove in a run. After Jose Peraza’s homer off Jameson Taillon (0-1) tied it in the seventh, Dietrich put the Reds up 5-2 with his pinch-hit homer off Richard Rodriguez . Dietrich got a curtain call from the crowd of 44,049, the largest for a regular season game at Great American Ball Park.

Newcomer Zach Duke (1-0) retired the two batters he faced. Closer Raisel Iglesias came on in the eighth and gave up a solo homer by Corey Dickerson. Bell replaced him with two on in the ninth — another unconventional move. David Hernandez loaded the bases with a walk to Pablo Reyes before retiring Dickerson on a grounder to end it, getting his first save since 2017.

Reliever Michael Lorenzen got into the game as a pinch runner in the seventh and played the last two innings in center field. He didn’t have a ball hit his way.

Spectators stand as fighter jets pass over Great American Ball Park during the national anthem before an opening day game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Spectators stand as fighter jets pass over Great American Ball Park during the national anthem before an opening day game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The win opened a notable season for the Reds. Commissioner Rob Manfred was grand marshal of the pregame parade that kicked off baseball’s 150th anniversary celebration of the first all-professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings.

The Reds gave themselves an offseason makeover with three trades, including the addition of Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers. The right fielder got one of the loudest cheers — fans chanting “PUUUUIIIIIIG!”— during pregame introductions and went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Pittsburgh’s Jung Ho Kang singled home a pair of runs in the sixth, an early return on the $3 million, one-year deal he signed last November.

Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, left, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, center left, and former Reds catcher Johnny Bench, right, meet on the field before an opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini, left, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, center left, and former Reds catcher Johnny Bench, right, meet on the field before an opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

The Pirates open the season with a depleted outfield. Right fielder Gregory Polanco is recovering from shoulder surgery, and fill-in Lonnie Chisenhall went on the injury list pregame with a broken right index finger. Adding to the problems, center fielder Starling Marte was a late scratch from the lineup because of a migraine.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: In addition to Chisenhall, the Pirates put fifth-starter Jordan Lyles (sore right side), C Elias Diaz (virus), RH Dovydas Neverauskas (oblique) and OF Jose Osuna (neck) on the injury list. They also moved RH Edgar Santana (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day list.

Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich hits a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds’ Derek Dietrich hits a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Reds: Put INF Alex Blandino, 2B Scooter Gennett and LH Alex Wood on the 10-day injury list.

UP NEXT

Pirates: After an off-day Friday, Trevor Williams (14-10) tried to build upon his second-half success last season. His 1.38 ERA after the All-Star break was second-best in the majors behind Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell (1.17).

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle greets his players before an opening day baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle greets his players before an opening day baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Reds: Sonny Gray (11-9) makes his third career against the Pirates. The Reds got him in a trade with the Yankees on Jan. 21 after he agreed to add three years to his deal worth $30.5 million through 2022.

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Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell greets his players before an opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell greets his players before an opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws in the first inning of a opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo throws in the first inning of a opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds' Jose Iglesias hits an RBI double off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon in the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds’ Jose Iglesias hits an RBI double off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon in the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang hits a two-run single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jared Hughes in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang hits a two-run single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jared Hughes in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates' Francisco Cervelli reacts after scoring in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli reacts after scoring in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich, foreground, reacts as he runs the bases on his three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Reds’ Derek Dietrich, foreground, reacts as he runs the bases on his three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Richard Rodriguez in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

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