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Mike Leake Throws Six Scoreless as Cincinnati Reds Blanks Pittsburgh Pirates for Second Consecutive Night

June 1st, 2013 at 11:29 PM
By Cody Dalga

Mike Leake threw six innings of scoreless baseball allowing seven hits, all of which were singles, and struck out five batters as the Cincinnati Reds shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second consecutive night at PNC Park in a 2-0 win. 

'Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake (44)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/It was a pitching duel from the start. Pirates starter Francisco Liriano pitched six innings and struck out 11 batters.

The Reds were unable to collect a hit off of the Pirate starter until the fourth inning when Zack Cozart reached base on an infield single. Joey Votto advanced Cozart to second with a bouncer in front of the plate and Brandon Phillips scored Cozart on an infield single. Phillips chopped a ball to first and as Liriano went to cover the bag, Phillips slid head first and was called safe. The replay showed Liriano may have reached the base first. Cozart was off on contact and scored to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.

The second run came in the eighth inning off of Tom Watson when Votto scored Shin-Soo Choo on an RBI single. 

Sam LeCure and Jonathan Broxton pitched in relief and Aroldis Chapman picked up his 14th save. The win pushed Leake's record to 5-2 on the year. 

Brandon Phillips, who led the offense with two hits, left the game after being hit by a pitch but the x-rays came back negative. 

Mat Latos will pitch in tomorrows game that is scheduled to begin at 1:35 ET. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball, brandon phillips, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, Jonathan Broxton, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, MLB, Sam LeCure, Shin-Soo Choo, zack cozart

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