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Last year's Harang returns, beats Bucs

Associated Press - April 12, 2009 4:13 PM ET

CINCINNATI (AP) - Aaron Harang threw a three-hitter, Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and the Cincinnati Reds overcame a triple play by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 2-0 victory Sunday.

Harang faced just three batters over the minimum while pitching the sixth shutout and 12th complete game of his career. The right-hander threw 108 pitches, 80 for strikes, while improving to 12-5 against the Pirates.

The complete-game shutout was Cincinnati's earliest of the season since Pete Harnisch threw one against the San Diego Padres on April 4, 1999.

The Reds reached Pittsburgh right-hander Ian Snell (0-2) for two runs and five hits in six innings. Snell allowed three walks and had seven strikeouts.


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