Reactions: Connor Overton is first Reds pitcher to complete 7 2/3 innings in a 2022 start

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Connor Overton (71) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on May 17, 2022.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Connor Overton (71) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on May 17, 2022.

Connor Overton entered Tuesday's series opener against the Guardians in Cleveland with three impressive starts under his belt in his young Cincinnati Reds career, and only six as a big-leaguer.

But on Tuesday, he delivered his best start yet, pitching 7 2/3 strong innings before leaving the game with a 3-1 lead - responsible for the runners on 1st and 2nd. One run scored after Tony Santillan relieved Overton, but the Reds still led 3-2 through 8 innings.

Overton allowed three hits and walked only the final batter he faced, while striking out two. He threw 98 pitches - 68 for strikes.

"Connor Overton's got to be very proud of what he's done tonight. A lot of hard work went into that," Bally Sports Ohio analyst Chris Welsh said during the broadcast.

Reds rookie Hunter Greene tossed 7 1/3 no-hit innings in the Reds' 1-0 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

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This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Connor Overton has longest start of season for Cincinnati Reds pitcher