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Morton, Pirates shut down Reds, 5-2

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton was ready to put his previous start behind him.

Morton bounced back from a terrible outing by pitching into the seventh inning to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Garrett Jones and Lastings Milledge homered for the Pirates, who were in a 1-12 slide before their winning streak.

Morton (3-6) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win since July 18 against San Francisco. He left his previous start last Friday against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning and was charged with 10 runs and seven hits in a 17-2 loss.

‘‘I was motivated to go back out there right away,’’ Morton said. ‘‘That’s the best thing to do when you have an outing like that; you just want to get back out there.’’

Chris Dickerson had two hits and drove in a run for the Reds, who have lost six of seven. Micah Owings (6-12) allowed five runs and five hits over five innings in his first start since he was placed on the disabled list July 27 with right shoulder tightness.

‘‘Micah was all right except for a couple pitches,’’ Reds manager Dusty Baker said. ‘‘He threw the ball fair, but the home runs hurt.’’

Jones’ 14th homer — most in the majors among rookies, despite his June 30 callup — went high into the elevated seats in right with Andrew McCutchen and Delwyn Young aboard and two outs in the third.

‘‘I was elevating a fastball. It was kind of in on him,’’ Owings said. ‘‘It came back over a little bit, and he put a good swing on it. I’ve got to key on making pitches.’’

Milledge went deep with one out in the fourth, hitting Owings’ first pitch into the left-field seats for his second homer in three games after going almost a year without one.

Milledge is batting .357 (5 for 14) in his last four games after going through a 1-for-15 stretch.

‘‘I’m just starting to see some results, and any time you see results, you get more confident and when you get more confident you feel comfortable,’’ Milledge said. ‘‘So I just want to be consistent and day in and day out.’’

Jesse Chavez got two outs in the seventh, Joel Hanrahan worked the eighth and Matt Capps finished for his 23rd save for Pittsburgh.

Dickerson singled with two outs in the ninth and Drew Stubbs reached on shortstop Ronny Cedeno’s error, but Capps got Joey Votto to ground out to end the game.

Owings scored the game’s first run in the third, on Votto’s groundout. Dickerson drove in the Reds’ other run in the seventh on a sharp comebacker to Chavez, scoring Paul Janish.

The Reds went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. They outhit the Pirates 9-5 but Pittsburgh left only one man on base.

Reds’ boxscore

Friday’s Game

Pirates 5, Reds 2

Cincinnati Pittsburgh

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dickrsn lf 4 0 2 1 McCtch cf 4 2 1 0

Stubbs cf 4 0 0 0 DlwYn 2b 2 1 0 1

Votto 1b 5 0 0 1 GJones rf 4 1 1 3

L.Nix rf 4 0 2 0 AnLRc 3b 3 0 0 0

ARosls 3b 4 0 1 0 Doumit c 3 0 0 0

Sutton 2b 3 0 1 0 Milledg lf 3 1 2 1

Hanign c 3 0 0 0 Pearce 1b 3 0 0 0

Janish ss 3 1 1 0 Cedeno ss 3 0 0 0

Balentn ph 1 0 0 0 Morton p 2 0 1 0

Owings p 2 1 1 0 JChavz p 0 0 0 0

Fisher p 0 0 0 0 Moss ph 1 0 0 0

Barker ph 1 0 1 0 Hanrhn p 0 0 0 0

K.Wells p 0 0 0 0 Capps p 0 0 0 0

Gomes ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 35 2 9 2 Totals 28 5 5 5

Cincinnati 001 000 100 — 2

Pittsburgh 003 110 00x — 5

E—Cedeno (2). DP—Pittsburgh 1. LOB—Cincinnati 10, Pittsburgh 1. 2B—L.Nix (25). 3B—McCutchen (6). HR—G.Jones (14), Milledge (2). CS—Sutton (2). SF—Delw.Young.

IP H R ER BB SO

Cincinnati

Owings L,6-12 5 5 5 5 1 1

Fisher 1 0 0 0 0 2

K.Wells 2 0 0 0 0 3

Pittsburgh

Morton W,3-6 6 1-3 6 2 2 3 3

J.Chavez H,10 2-3 0 0 0 1 0

Hanrahan H,7 1 2 0 0 0 1

Capps S,23-26 1 1 0 0 0 0

Umpires—Home, Mike Estabrook; First, Paul Schrieber; Second, Kevin Causey; Third, Ed Rapuano. T—2:47. A—22,725 (38,362).