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McLouth, Pirates hold off Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nate McLouth’s run-scoring single allowed Pittsburgh to stop a 22-inning scoreless streak in a span of only three batters and the Pirates held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6 on Saturday night as Ross Ohlendorf won his third in a row.

McLouth had three hits and scored three times and Ramon Vazquez’s two-run single keyed the four-run first inning that got the Pittsburgh offense going following consecutive shutout losses. The Pirates had lost four in a row and five of seven.

The Reds, down 8-4 starting the ninth, scored twice and had the bases loaded with two out before Pirates closer Matt Capps struck out Alex Gonzalez, who hit a three-run homer earlier in the game.

Reds pitchers were working on their own streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings, but starter Micah Owings (1-3) gave up a run before he could get an out. Nyjer Morgan, Freddy Sanchez and McLouth singled for a run, Adam LaRoche was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Vazquez’s line-drive single into right field made it 4-0.

The Pirates had four hits in the first inning and 13 overall, or nearly twice as many as the seven they had during a scoreless streak that began in the sixth inning of their 6-5 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. They were shut out by the Brewers 1-0 on two hits Wednesday and managed only five singles in losing to the Reds 4-0 on Friday.

The Pirates added a run in the third on Brandon Moss’ run-scoring single — only his second RBI in 63 at-bats.

Ohlendorf (3-2) gave up Gonzalez’s second homer of the season in the fourth to cut it to 5-3, but those were the only runs he permitted over six innings.

Saturday’s Game

Pirates 8, Reds 6

Houston Cincinnati

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Pittsburgh 401 000 21x — 8

E—Phillips (3), F.Sanchez (1). DP—Cincinnati 1, Pittsburgh 1. LOB—Cincinnati 11, Pittsburgh 7. 2B—Votto (10), Delw.Young (2). HR—Ale.Gonzalez (2). SB—McLouth (3). SF—F.Sanchez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cincinnati

Owings L,1-3 5 2-3 9 5 5 2 0

Herrera 2-3 3 2 1 0 1

Weathers 2-3 0 0 0 0 0

Burton 2-3 1 1 1 0 0

Rhodes 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh

Ohlendorf W,3-2 6 6 3 3 2 2

S.Burnett H,2 1 1 0 0 0 0

Grabow 1 2 1 0 0 1

Capps 1 5 2 2 0 2

HBP—by Owings (An.LaRoche), by Ohlendorf (Ale.Gonzalez). WP—Burton. Umpires—Home, Dale Scott; First, Angel Campos; Second, Jerry Meals; Third, Mike DiMuro. T—3:03. A—22,891 (38,362).