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Reds Fade, Lose to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Neil Walker had two RBI singles, the second

driving in Andrew McCutchen with the go-ahead run in the seventh

inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-3

Saturday.

Walker's hit off of Aroldis Chapman (2-1) was his third hit of

the game, and Brandon Wood followed with an RBI double, allowing

Pittsburgh to improve to 8-3 against the Reds this season.

Charlie Morton continued his mastery of Cincinnati with six

effective innings, and McCutchen and Ryan Ludwick each had two hits

for the Pirates, who have won three of five.

Joey Votto twice drove in Brandon Phillips with RBI singles for

the Reds, who have lost four of six. Phillips reached base four

times.

Recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, rookie

Tony Watson (1-2) won his first major league game by getting the

final two outs of the top of the seventh after the Reds had tied it

at 3 against Chris Resop.

Pittsburgh's Jose Veras pitched a scoreless eighth - striking

out Drew Stubbs and Dave Sappelt after allowing the first two

batters of the inning to reach. A day after allowing a season-high

three runs in taking the loss, Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect the

ninth for his 31st save but first since July 28.

Morton had a scoreless innings streak of 24 snapped in the final

inning of his most recent outing on Sunday when Hanrahan allowed an

inherited runner to score.

Morton allowed a run for the second consecutive inning when

Phillips led off Saturday's game with a single, moved to second on

a groundout and came home when Votto singled to right.

But Morton faced only one over the minimum over the next 4 2-3

innings before Phillips and Votto each singled again to produce a

run in the sixth.

RBI singles by Ronny Cedeno in the fourth and Ryan Ludwick and

Walker - consecutively in the fifth - gave Pittsburgh the lead, and

Morton was in line to improve to 4-0 against Cincinnati this season

after he was lifted following six innings.

Morton was charged with two runs on seven hits, a walk and two

strikeouts. He is 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in 29 innings against the

Reds this season.

But the Reds quickly tied the game against Resop when Ramon

Hernandez doubled in Stubbs.

Cincinnati's Dontrelle Willis remained winless in eight starts

this season, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks in

six innings.

NOTES: Not counting the 2006 All-star game, the game was the

first televised by Fox at PNC Park since 2004. ... The crowd of

37,826 was Pittsburgh's 16th sellout of the season, most since

2001. It was the eighth consecutive Saturday sellout there. ...

Reds Sunday starter Mike Leake has allowed only seven earned runs

in five career starts against Pittsburgh. No current Pirates

players have homered off of him. ... The previous time Pirates RHP

James McDonald faced Cincinnati on July 19, he pitched into the

seventh and was part of a combined shutout. McDonald starts Sunday.

 

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