PITTSBURGH — Johnny Cueto remained unbeaten, giving up seven hits in his first complete game of the season as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Friday night.
The right-hander struck out three without a walk to improve to 4-0 and lower his ERA to 1.32.
Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs homered on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning off Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia (1-2) to give Cincinnati plenty of breathing room. Jay Bruce later added his eighth home run of the season off reliever Chris Resop.
Nate McLouth, starting in center field in place of an ill Andrew McCutchen, had two hits for the Pirates, but Pittsburgh failed in its bid to win consecutive games for the first time in three weeks.
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Cueto has been lights out since the start of the 2011 season. His 2.15 ERA during that span is tops in baseball. He had little trouble with the Pirates, who have started to emerge from an April funk at the plate but couldn't muster much while dealing with Cueto's deceptive movement.
Pittsburgh, baseball's lowest-scoring team, had broken out for 25 runs during its last four games. Cueto cooled off the Pirates with the kind of workmanlike performance that's helped him anchor a somewhat shaky staff.