Masterson and Bullpen Blank Pirates in 2-0 Victory

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CLEVELAND — The Indians pitchers combined for a shutout victory, 2-0.

Justin Masterson made a strong case for being at the top of the rotation Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Masterson got his 3rd win of the season recording 9 strikeouts and giving up 4 hits. The relievers pitched with textbook form to close the game. Vinnie Pestano threw a perfect 8th and in the 9th the Tribe defense turned a double-play to end the game and give Chris Perez his 21st save of the season.

The Indians scored first in the third inning off of a Carlos Santana double to left field which brought in Asdrubal Cabrera. Santana finished the game going 1-3. Center fielder Michael Brantley extended his hit streak to 22 games when he singled to center field in the 8th inning to score Shin-Soo Choo.

Jack Hannahan was back in the lineup for Cleveland after not having played since May 26 against the White Sox. Hannahan started at 3rd base, batted 9th in the lineup and went 0-3 on the night.

The Interleague series continues Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Ubaldo Jimenez will start for the Indians and A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

Fox 8 intern Gabriel Kramer contributed to this report.

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