Indians avoid sweep vs Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Jacob Stallings singles off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Phil Maton, driving in a run, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jacob Stallings singles off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Phil Maton, driving in a run, during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Naylor foiled Pittsburgh’s strategy with an RBI single in the seventh inning, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Pirates 2-1.

Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep by the Pirates, who had lost 10 straight entering the series. The Indians have won seven of 10.

The lefty-swinging Naylor sent the first pitch he saw from left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to right, driving in Eddie Rosario to break a 1-all tie.

The hit came after Pirates manager Derek Shelton pulled right-handed starter JT Brubaker with two out in the seventh.

Brubaker threw just 76 pitches, gave up three hits and tied his career-high with nine strikeouts.

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