Andrew McCutchen had four hits, including his second home run in as many nights, to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
Brad Lincoln (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter Erik Bedard, who was lifted three pitches into the second inning due to back spasms.
Joel Hanrahan survived a shaky ninth to pick up his sixth save as the Pirates won consecutive games for the first time since April 17-18.
Ross Detwiler (3-2) allowed three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in six innings for Washington. Ian Desmond had two hits and Xavier Nady and Chad Tracy knocked in runs for the Nationals, but they couldn't stop Washington from dropping its third straight.
Nationals rookie outfielder Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 with a walk and popped to shortstop with the tying run on second in the ninth.
Washington had its chances to rally in both the eighth and ninth. The Nationals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against Jason Grilli, b...