Beat Pirates, one game behind Cardinals

PITTSBURGH – Asdrúbal Cabrera remains hitless in 18 at-bats since the Cincinnati Reds claimed him off waivers, but he won a game with one of his swings.

Cabrera, pinch-hitting in the pitcher’s spot in the seventh inning with two runners in scoring position and one out, lifted a first-pitch curveball into left-center field for a sacrifice fly. He drove in the game’s first run Thursday – and the only run.

Tyler Mahle pitched six shutout innings and the Reds’ bullpen covered the rest in a 1-0 victory at PNC Park to avoid being swept by the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds ended a four-game losing streak and they are one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot with 15 games left.  

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