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September 9, 2013

Pirates 1-0 win at Texas clinches winning season

TEXAS —

Clinching their first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. 
The Pirates (82-61) didn’t get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd’s two-out double in the seventh. He came home when Pedro Alvarez followed with a double. 
Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee to guarantee their first non-losing season in more than two decades. 
They finally have their winning season after taking the opener of a three-game interleague series between wild-card leaders.
Darvish is 0-3 his last five starts, all Rangers losses. The Japanese right-hander struck out six while allowing one run and four hits over seven innings. He threw a season-low 81 pitches before coming out because of cramping in his right leg. 
Texas lost for the fourth time in five games, dropping two games behind idle AL West-leading Oakland. The Pirates moved within a game of NL Central-leading St. Louis, which swept Pittsburgh in three games over the weekend. 
Cole (7-7) got out of a self-induced jam in the sixth after consecutive walks to Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios, his only walks in the game. Andrus got his 38th career stolen base — the Rangers pulled off a double steal when Rios reached before Adrian Beltre grounded out. 
Texas, held scoreless for the ninth time this season, got only one other runner to second against Cole, who threw a wild pitch after Geovany Soto’s two-out single in the second. 
Tony Watson pitched a perfect eighth, his 14th consecutive scoreless outing. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 12th save in 14th chances to close out Pittsburgh’s 16th shutout of the season.

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