Johnny Cueto (1-2) struck out a career-high 12 batters on Wednesday afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the rubber game of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
The loss by the visiting Bucs (7-8) ended a nine-game Pittsburgh road trip. The Pirates will return home to face the Milwaukee Brewers in a four-game series, beginning Thursday night.
Joey Votto slammed a two-run home run for Cincinnati (6-9). Brayan Pena added an RBI double, and Billy Hamilton scored on a wild pitch by Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano (0-3).
Cueto held the Pirates to four hits, including a double by Andrew McCutchen, and he threw a complete game. Liriano worked seven innings, and allowed three runs and six hits, striking out seven batters and walking three.