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Pirates Blank Phils 3-0; McCutchen Homers Twice

July 5, 2017

Andrew McCutchen slammed a pair of solo home runs on the Fourth of July, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 shutout win over the Phillies in Philadelphia and snapping a four-game losing streak by the Bucs.

John Jaso produced a third Pittsburgh run with a sacrifice fly.

Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (5-2) lasted only five innings because he threw 102 pitches, but he struck out a career-high nine batters and earned the win.  Taillon gave up four hits and walked two batters.  Felipe Rivero earned his fourth save.

Philadelphia starter Mark Leiter, Jr. (1-1) worked five-and-a-third innings, and allowed two runs and four hits.  The Phillies, only 28-54, outhit the Bucs 6-to-5.

The teams have split the first two games of their four-game series.  Game three is to be played Wednesday at 7:05 PM with Gerrit Cole (6-7; 4.51 ERA) expected to be on the mound for the Pirates (38-46) against Philadelphia’s Ben Lively (1-3; 3.72 ERA).

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