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Justin Wilson picks up relief win in extras
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11:31 pm ET) Pirates relief pitcher Justin Wilson (3-1) picked up a relief win in extras Saturday night against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Wilson allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over a scoreless inning of work. Andrew McCutchen went deep in the following frame to guarantee the win. Wilson owns a 4.89 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 35 innings of relief.

J.J. Hoover suffers seventh loss of the season in extras
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(11:29 pm ET) Reds reliever J.J. Hoover was hit with his seventh loss of the season Saturday night against the Pirates in extras.

Hoover surrendered a solo home run to Andrew McCutchen in the 11th inning, which proved to be the difference. Hoover permitted one run on one hit and no walks while striking out three over and inning of work. He owns a 4.95 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP over 40 innings of relief.

Jeanmar Gomez secures first save of the season in extras
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(11:25 pm ET) Pirates relief pitcher Jeanmar Gomez needed only 13 pitches to retire the side in order to secure a 6-5 win and his first save of the season Saturday night against the Reds in Cincinnati. Gomez owns a 3.45 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 44 1/3 innings of relief. 

Andrew McCutchen launches game-tying, go-ahead homers in win over Reds
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(11:23 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen came up big at the plate with his ninth career multi-home run game Saturday night against the Reds in Cincinnati.

McCutchen launched a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning and belted a go-ahead solo home run in the 11th inning, which proved to be the difference. He finished 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI in a 6-5 victory. He owns a .325/.422/.573 with a 17 homers and 61 RBI in 351 at-bats this season.

Joe Smith Ks two in perfect frame for the save Saturday
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(11:18 pm ET) Angels reliever Joe Smith struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to secure a 5-2 win and the save Saturday night against the Rangers in Arlington. Smith is now 14 for 18 in save opportunities, with a 2.38 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 41 2/3 innings of relief.


Jered Weaver goes seven strong in win over Rangers
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(10:45 pm ET) Angels pitcher Jered Weaver twirled another gem on Saturday against the Rangers in Arlington, improving to 10-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings of a 5-2 victory.

Over his last five starts covering 29 2/3 innings, Weaver has allowed nine earned runs. He enters the All-Star break with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 20 starts (125 1/3 innings). His next start remains uncertain, as the Angels have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans.

Miles Mikolas drops second straight decision Saturday
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(10:40 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Miles Mikolas was hit with the loss in his final start before the All-Star break, Saturday night against the Angels, dropping to 0-2 on the season. The right-hander permitted five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of a 5-2 defeat.

Mikolas enters the break with a whopping 10.05 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP over three starts (14 1/3 innings). His next start has yet to be determined, as the Rangers have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans.

Mike Leake can't factor into decision in final start before ASG
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(10:39 pm ET) Reds pitcher Mike Leake was not at his best but escaped with a no-decision Saturday night at home against the Pirates. The right-hander pitched six innings and yielded four runs on nine hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Of his 103 pitches, 64 were strikes.

Leake heads into the break with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 19 starts (127 innings). The Reds have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans, so his next start remains uncertain.

Charlie Morton unable to factor into decision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:38 pm ET) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton took a no-decision Saturday night against the Reds in Cincinnati. The right-hander permitted five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings of work. Home runs to Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier nearly proved to be costly for the 30-year-old.

Morton enters the break with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 19 starts (119 1/3 innings). The Pirates have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans, so his next start remains uncertain.

Collin Cowgill exits game after being hit by a pitch in the nose
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:35 pm ET) Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill was forced out of Saturday's game against the Rangers after being hit by a pitch in the nose. Cowgill received stitches in his nose and taken to hospital for further testing, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cowgill is hitting .277 with five homers and 16 RBI in 177 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for the team's final game before the All-Star break on Sunday against the Rangers.

 
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