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Indians beat Pirates 5-1

Carlos Carrasco took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and won his third straight start as the Cleveland Indians beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 -1 Saturday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t solve Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco Saturday night, as the Indians’ young gun took a no-hitter into the fifth, in a 5-1 defeat at Progressive Field. Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore doubled in a run and scored twice to help hand Paul Maholm his eighth loss on the year.

The Indians got to Maholm early scoring a run in the first and second inning. Sizemore’s second inning double that scored Austin Kearns proved to be the game winner, but Cleveland wasn’t finished.

Carrasco entered the game with a 15-inning scoreless streak and extended that to 21 before Lyle Overbay singled in Garret Jones in the seventh for the Pirates’ lone run as Pittsburgh continues to fail to provide offensive support for Maholm.

Maholm had a solid outing pitching 6 1/3 only leaving after giving up a home run to Orlando Cabrera (3) in the sixth and sac-fly to Michael Brantley to start the seventh that gave the Indians a 4-1 advantage.   

Carrasco tossed 6 1/3 giving up only one run on four hits while striking out four. His no-hitter bid was broken up in the sixth when Michael McKenry lead off with an infield single as Cabrera failed to make a leaping catch.

Joe Smith and Tony Sipp preserved the victory for the Tribe as Carrasco earned his seventh win of the year.

Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker both went 0-4 with two strikeouts as the Pirates have managed to score only two runs so far in their interleague series against their rivals.

Pittsburgh looks to take the final game of the series and avoid a sweep on Father’s Day as their record sits at 35-35.  
    
UNLUCKY 13
Maholm entered the game with a 13-inning scoreless streak, but that was halted on Carlos Santana’s first inning sac-fly.

ON DECK
Hot-handed Jeff Karstens (4-4, 2.66 ERA) will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Cleveland’s Justin Masterson (5-5, 3.16 ERA) Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

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