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PITTSBURGH -- Mike Leake was not as overpowering as his pitching counterpart but he continued to put up zeroes Saturday.

The Reds right-hander held the Pittsburgh Pirates scoreless for six innings and combined with three relievers on a 10-hit shutout to lead Cincinnati to a 2-0 victory on Saturday night at PNC Park.

Leake (5-2) scattered seven hits and the Pirates had runners on base in all but one of his six innings. Leake walked one, struck out five and continued his recent hot streak as he is 3-0 with 0.27 ERA in his last four starts, allowing only one run in 33 innings.

Francisco Liriano (3-2) was the hard-luck loser as he gave up only one run in six innings and had 11 strikeouts, a season high for a Pirates pitcher. He also gave up four hits and one walk.

Liriano also struck out seven batters in a row between the first and third innings, tying the Pirates' record set by Erik Bedard on May, 3, 2012, at St. Louis.

Aroldis Chapman notched his 13th save with a scoreless ninth.

Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier each had two of the Reds' eight hits.

Phillips left the game with a bruised left forearm in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch from Tony Watson but X-rays were negative. Phillips is 9-for-19 in his last five games.

Pittsburgh's Alex Presley, filling in for slumping leadoff hitter Starling Marte, had three hits in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis a day earlier. Garrett Jones added two hits.

Cincinnati led only 1-0 when Leake departed but added a run in the eighth when Joey Votto hit an RBI single off Vin Mazzaro.

The Pirates' best scoring chance came in the bottom of the eighth when Presley and Neil Walker singled to put runners on the corners with no outs off. However, Jonathan Broxton escaped the jam, getting Russell Martin to hit an inning-ending fly out.

The Pirates left 10 runners on base and did not have a hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Liriano set the Reds down in order through the first three but Cincinnati then pushed across the game's first run in the fourth inning without hitting a ball hard.

With one out, Zack Cozart chopped an infield single to the left of the pitcher's mound that Liriano juggled and could not make a play. Cozart then moved to second on Votto's tapper in front of the plate and scored on Phillips' single to the right side of the infield.

Liriano appeared to beat Phillips to the bag by a step when he caught first baseman Jones' throw, but first base umpire Bob Davidson called the runner safe.

NOTES: Marte entered the day having hit .183 in his previous 18 games, was replaced in the starting lineup by Presley, who came into the game 6-for-15 lifetime against Leake with one double, one triple and two home runs. ... Cincinnati OF Derrick Robinson made his third straight start in left field after driving in two runs in Friday night's 6-0 win over the Pirates. ... Pittsburgh RHP James McDonald (right shoulder inflammation) pitched four scoreless innings Saturday for Double-A Altoona on a rehab start after giving up three runs in 2/3 of an inning in his first start for the Eastern League team Monday. ... The three-game series concludes Sunday with Mat Latos (5-0, 3.01) pitching for the Reds against RHP Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.30).
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