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Morton breezes to complete game shutout over Reds

Pedro Alvarez drilled a three-run homer in the fourth and Andrew McCutchen added a two-run shot in the seventh to back Charlie Morton, who continued his tremendous start with a complete game five-hit shutout as the Pirates snapped their losing skid with a 5-0 over the Reds in Cincinnati.

The Pirates snapped their six-game losing streak in Cincinnati Wednesday night with 5-0 victory over the first-place Reds behind a complete-game shutout from Charlie Morton and monster homers by Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen.

After an unexpected day-off in which their game against the Washington Nationals was postponed due to rain, Pittsburgh rolled into Cincinnati focused and prepared to stop their slide.

Morton took the mound and the game for the Pirates, yielding only five hits on the night en route to his fifth win.

Alvarez showed what power he possesses when he took Bronson Arroyo deep to right in the fourth with a 414-foot, three-run blast. With the homerun, Alvarez ended a 15-game drought in which he didn’t drive in a run.

That was all the support Morton needed as the Bucs played formidable defense, highlighted by a McCutchen diving catch in the sixth.

After he flashed the leather, McCutchen broke out the lumber with a two-run shot in the seventh. Ronny Cedeno continued to perform well at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single and double. Cedeno is hitting at a .500 clip over his past five games and has raised his average from .207 to .252.

With the victory, the Pirates didn’t only end their own miserable streak they also halted the Reds’ five-game winning streak. Pittsburgh has fared well against the NL Central leader this year, taking four out of five contests thus far.

Morton summed it up by calmly stating, “We just did a good job.”

Captain Cutch
With his two-run homer in the seventh McCutchen collected his 22nd and 23rd RBI, taking the team lead from Neil Walker (22).

Two Of A Kind
Morton earned his second career complete-game shutout, his first since he won 4-0 Sept. 30, 2009, against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Also, with the victory Morton ties a career-high with his fifth win of the season. His best year prior to this was 2009 when he went 5-9.

On Deck
The Pirates and Reds will finish up their two-game set Thursday afternoon with a 12:35 pm contest. James McDonald (2-3, 6.20 ERA) will look to break even as he faces flame-throwing Johnny Cueto (2-0, 0.00 ERA).

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