Mahle, Reds avoid sweep, edge Pirates

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Mahle earned his 12th win of the season, 1-0 over the Pirates. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Tyler Mahle allowed five hits over six innings and the Cincinnati Reds avoided a sweep by edging Pittsburgh 1-0.

Pinch-hitter Asdrúbal Cabrera provided the game’s only run with a sacrifice fly against Cody Ponce. Mahle improved to 12-5 for Cincinnati.

The victory gave the Reds a little momentum at the end of a nine-game road trip in which they went 3-6.

The Pirates are now 0-14 this season when trying to sweep a series from an opponent.

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