Rival watch- Barmes' 3-run homer leads Pirates to 3-1 victory, Reds lose ground
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 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.