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Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1

By JOHN PERROTTO
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Edinson Volquez loves how Josh Harrison plays the game. He thinks the third baseman is the most valuable player in the National League.

Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Harrison had three hits while also making a number of sparkling defensive plays. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games.

''He's unbelievable,'' Volquez said of Harrison, who began the season as the last man on the Pirates' bench but is now their leadoff hitter. ''He can do everything. For me, he's the MVP with the way he's been playing. He's an exciting player.''

Volquez was working on a no-hitter before Devin Mesoraco's leadoff single in the seventh. He was charged with one run and three hits in 7 2-3 innings, running his unbeaten streak to seven starts.

''It was a very impressive outing,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It wasn't his best fastball but he kept it down and no-hit them for six innings without the best stuff we've seen from him.''

Reds right-hander Mike Leake allowed six hits in seven innings in his second consecutive scoreless outing. He pitched 6 2-3 innings in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta last Saturday in his previous start.

Cincinnati put two runners on in the eighth, chasing Volquez from the game. Mesoraco then put the Reds in front with an RBI single against Tony Watson (10-1), but Brandon Phillips was thrown out at home to end the inning.

The Pirates' ERA is 2.15 over their last eight games.

Mesoraco had two of the Reds' four hits.

The Pirates' winning rally came against Jonathan Broxton (4-2).

Pinch-hitter Andrew Lambo, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game, singled off first baseman Todd Frazier's glove with one out. Then Harrison and Tabata followed with their big hits.

''It was really one pitch that hurt me,'' Broxton said. ''Harrison hit one off the right-field wall but the other two hits were ground balls.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: 1B Joey Votto experienced pain in the area of his troublesome left knee on Wednesday when he attempted to field ground balls for the first time since going on the disabled list July 6 with a distal quadriceps strain, manager Bryan Price said Friday. Votto won't be ready to play when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday, and the rest of the season is in doubt.

Pirates: 1B Pedro Alvarez (sprained left foot) sat out for a second game and Snider (left hamstring discomfort) was not in the lineup after leaving Wednesday's win over St. Louis. Both are day to day.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (13-8, 3.26 ERA) will start Saturday in his first outing since breaking a five-game losing streak Sunday by beating Atlanta. Simon is 1-4 with a 4.74 ERA in eight starts in the second half after going 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts in the first half and being selected to his first All-Star game.

Pirates: RHP Vance Worley (5-4, 3.14 ERA) will try to bounce back after losing his last three starts and compiling a 6.11 ERA in that span.

BOLSTERING THE BENCH

The Pirates recalled Lambo to bolster their bench with Alvarez and Snider sidelined.

Lambo hit .328 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs in 61 games at Indianapolis. He also had hit six home runs in his last eight games.

RHP Gerrit Cole was optioned to rookie-level Bristol to clear a roster spot for Lambo. However, it is strictly a procedural move and Cole will be recalled Monday when the roster limit expands to 40 and start that day at St. Louis.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Harrison
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Cincinnati

M. Leake
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 0
K 1
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Billy Hamilton, CF3110110.268.304.384
Todd Frazier, 1B4000012.278.339.452
Brandon Phillips, 2B3000001.263.303.375
Devin Mesoraco, C3021000.282.362.536
Jay Bruce, RF4010011.218.294.372
Kris Negron, 3B4000012.263.314.463
Skip Schumaker, LF2000201.234.289.311
Zack Cozart, SS3000013.229.276.306
Mike Leake, P2000020.169.183.322
   a-Chris Heisey, PH1000000.224.272.368
   Jonathan Broxton, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2914137    
a-grounded out for Leake in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Devin Mesoraco (65)
2-OUT RBI - Devin Mesoraco (39)
SB - Billy Hamilton 2 (53, 3rd base off Volquez/Martin)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cozart-B. Phillips-Frazier, Cozart-B. Phillips-Frazier-Cozart-B. Phillips-Frazier
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake 7600010 3.38
Jonathan Broxton (L,4-2; BS,6) 1322000 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 82-54, Jonathan Broxton 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 10-8
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 25, Jonathan Broxton 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B4131001.308.342.504
Jose Tabata, RF4021001.289.325.329
Andrew McCutchen, CF4010003.306.401.535
Neil Walker, 2B4000002.274.343.452
Russell Martin, C3000000.292.414.412
Ike Davis, 1B3010000.240.354.388
Starling Marte, LF3000001.275.347.428
Jordy Mercer, SS3010000.257.304.369
Edinson Volquez, P2000011.024.091.024
   Tony Watson, P0000000.333.333.333
   a-Andrew Lambo, PH11100001.0001.0001.000
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3129201    
a-singled for Watson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (30, Leake)
3B - Josh Harrison (7, Broxton)
RBI - Josh Harrison (45), Jose Tabata (15)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Harrison-Davis
E - Starling Marte (4, Missed catch of throw), Russell Martin (3, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez 7.2311360 3.45
Tony Watson (W,10-1) 0.1100000 1.72
Mark Melancon (S,25) 1000010 2.08
HBP - Mesoraco (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 114-71, Tony Watson 4-3, Mark Melancon 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 10-6, Mark Melancon 1-1
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 30, Tony Watson 1, Mark Melancon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37209
Game Time - 2:30
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez