The ball came off Fred Lewis’ bat with a sharp crack, and Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton thought: Uh-oh, not again!

Not this time. The ball was caught on the warning track, and Morton had his shutout.

The right-hander shut down Cincinnati’s powerful lineup again, throwing a five-hitter for his second career shutout, and Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer Wednesday night, leading Pittsburgh to a 5-0 victory that snapped the Pirates’ six-game losing streak.

“He’s so effective, especially when he keeps the ball down,” Alvarez said.

 

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