Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ; Morton, Bucs Stifle Giants 4-0

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ; Morton, Bucs Stifle Giants 4-0

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PITTSBURGH - Charlie Morton combined with two relievers on a six- hitter and Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on Thursday night. Morton (8-4) scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight and walking two. He was pulled in the seventh inning with a four-run lead after the Giants loaded the bases with two outs.

Jared Hughes, who got Gregor Blanco to line out to end the seventh-inning threat, and Tony Watson completed the shutout.

Walker hit his 13th home run in the sixth inning off Jake Peavy (3-6) to push the Pirates' lead to 4-0. They had gone ahead 2-0 on RBI doubles by Aramis Ramirez in the first and shortstop Jung Ho Kang in the third.

D'backs 5, Reds 4

CINCINNATI - A.J. Pollock drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a four-game series.

Chris Owings homered and drove in two runs as Arizona sent the Reds to their sixth consecutive loss.

Reds' rookie John Lamb, who went six innings in his major league debut last Friday, lasted 5 1/3 innings in his second career start. The left-hander allowed nine hits and three runs with eight strikeouts.

Marlins 9, Phillies 7

MIAMI - Martin Prado homered and drove in three runs, Marcell Ozuna had a two-run homer, and the Miami Marlins held on for a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games for the Marlins, who have won four of five while scoring at least six runs in all five games.

Indians 3, Yankees 2

NEW YORK - Josh Tomlin had his second impressive start since returning from shoulder surgery, Cody Allen worked out of his own jam in the ninth inning and Cleveland held on for a victory over the New York Yankees.

Tomlin only allowed Alex Rodriguez's 680th career home run leading off the fourth and a double to Chase Headley in seven deliberate innings. …

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