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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:25 AM

Associated Press

Pirates 4, Reds 0

CINCINNATI — Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle figured the odds were against Mat Latos extending his impressive streak without a defeat.

With one good inning, the Pirates pulled it off.

Pedro Alvarez singled home a pair of runs in the first inning and the Pirates ended Latos’ streak of 21 regular-season starts without a loss, beating the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Latos (6-1) hadn’t lost a regular-season game since last August, setting a club-record streak of avoiding defeat. He couldn’t overcome Pittsburgh’s 3-run first inning set up by his uncharacteristic control problems.

Latos had nine of Cincinnati’s 17 strikeouts, which matched the club’s nine-inning record.

Charlie Morton (1-1) was better during his second start since returning from elbow surgery. He gave up three singles and threw 61 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, starting the Pirates toward their NL-leading 12th shutout.

Cincinnati’s lineup managed four hits while getting shut out for the second time in their last four games.

Indians 4, Royals 3

CLEVELAND — Once Vinnie Pestano stopped at third base, he had plenty of company.

Standing within a few feet were two Royals baserunners, two umpires, a Kansas City coach and several teammates screaming at him.

He had no idea being a temporary closer would be this difficult.

Pestano wiggled out of a jam in the ninth inning when Kansas City’s David Lough ran past his third-base coach and failed to score the tying run, giving the Indians a 4-3 win over the Royals on Tuesday night.

Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly capped Cleveland’s 3-run eighth inning and the Indians held on through a wild ninth to stun the Royals.

Pestano, who is filling as Cleveland’s closer while Chris Perez is on the disabled list, gave up three singles and a walk in the ninth but held on for his second save.

The Royals probably should have tied it in the ninth when Alcides Escobar singled to right with one out and runners at first and second. But Lough ran past third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez’s stop sign and got caught in a rundown between home and third.

Lough got back to the bag safely but Mike Moustakas was also there and was tagged out. Lough nearly made another mistake as he briefly took his hand off the bag and almost got doubled off by Pestano.

Pestano got Eric Hosmer on a groundout with the bases loaded.

 

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