PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jason Bay hit a home run in the sixth inning
that gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0, rain-soaked win over the
Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Paul Maholm, John Grabow, Damaso Marte and Matt Capps combinedon a seven-hit shutout. The Pirates ended a three-game losing
streak and won for the first time at home this season.
Center fielder Nyjer Morgan made a leaping catch on the warning
track in the gap - avoiding a collision with right fielder Nate
McLouth - on a ball hit by Ken Griffey Jr. for the final out.
The start of the game was delayed 20 minutes because of rain.
There was another 62-minute delay in the top of the sixth.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Bay hit a full-count
pitch from Jared Burton into the left-field bleachers. The shot was
estimated at 432 feet and was Bay's second home run in the last
The Reds were shut out despite getting 14 runners. Brandon
Phillips had two of the Reds' seven hits.
Maholm went 5 1-3 innings, allowing six hits and two walks with
Grabow (1-0) emerged from the rain delay to work out of a
two-on, one-out jam to earn the win. Marte induced Edwin
Encarnacion to pop up with the bases loaded in the seventh, and
Capps pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Reds starter Edinson Volquez allowed only three hits and three
walks in five innings. He left after the long rain delay and Burton
pitched the next two innings.
McLouth was on base three times and extended his hitting streak
to 10 games. He leads the majors in hits with 19 and has at least
one in every game this season.
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