Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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Justin Masterson pitched seven effective innings and the Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Masterson (3-6) allowed four hits, struck out nine and ended his own three-game slide. He wriggled out of threats in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Vinnie Pestano worked the eighth and Chris Perez pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 21st save. He hasn't blown a save since opening day. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the third off James McDonald (5-3) and Michael Brantley extended baseball's longest hitting streak this season to 22 games with a run-scoring single in the eighth. The Pirates have lost four straight. Perez, who always seems to make it interesting, gave up a leadoff single in the ninth before getting a fly ball and game-ending double play. Masterson hadn't won since May 24, when he beat reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander 2-1. Masterson had dropped his ...
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