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Pirates In First Place After Win Over Reds

By on July 19th, 2011

Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place in the National League Central Division this late in the season for the first time since 1992.

The Pirates got there by beating Cincinnati 2-0 Monday night while the former first place team, Milwaukee, lost at Arizona 3-0. The Brewers are a half game back.

In other NL action, Roy Halladay leaves the game with heat exhaustion and a loss as Chicago beats Philadelphia 6-1; San Francisco blanks LA 5-0; Washington downs Houston 5-2; Atlanta beats Colorado 7-4 and Florida downs New York 4-1.

In the American League, Cleveland takes two from Minnesota to move back into first place in the Central Division by a game over Detroit. The Tribe wins 6-3 and 5-2 as the Twins fall seven games off the pace.

In other AL games, New York rallies to beat Tampa Bay 5-4; Chicago downs Kansas City 5-2; and Boston hammers Baltimore 15-10.

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