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
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
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
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.