Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/24/13
Clint Barmes hit a three-run home run, Charlie Morton pitched eight strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Friday night. Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison each had two hits for the Pirates, who have won four of five and maintained their one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Morton (5-3) allowed one run on seven hits, two after the Giants scored their first run, over 7 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Madison Bumgarner (11-8) took a shutout into the seventh and wound up allowing three runs on seven hits over eight innings. He walked four and struck out five. Roger Kieschnick drove in a run for the Giants, who lost their third straight and five of six overall. Hunter Pence added a pair of hits. Morton improved to 4-1 over his last eight starts with his longest outing of the season. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances. The Giants broke through in the fourth. Buster Posey...
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