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McCutchen homers, Pirates beat Braves 1-0

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ATLANTA (AP) - Andrew McCutchen homered, Francisco Liriano won his fourth straight start and the Pittsburgh Pirates moved closer to a postseason berth, beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Monday night.
   
The Pirates, winners in 10 of their last 12, have a five-game lead over Milwaukee with six games remaining for both teams. Any combination of two Pittsburgh wins or Brewers losses will guarantee the Pirates at least a spot in the NL wild-card game for the second straight year.
   
The Pirates still have hopes of winning the NL Central, but they began the night 2½ games behind first-place St. Louis.
   
McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP, hit his 24th homer in the sixth off starter Aaron Harang.
   
Liriano (7-10) allowed three hits, walked four and struck out seven in six innings. He extended his consecutive scoreless streak to 28 innings.


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