- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 18, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Craig Monroe hit a pair of three-run homers and Ian Snell allowed four hits in seven-plus innings, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Monroe homered off Atlanta starter Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1) with two outs in the sixth inning and off reliever Buddy Carlyle with two outs in the seventh. It was the fourth multihomer game of the right-fielder’s career and the third time he had six RBIs.

Snell (1-2) walked three, struck out three and benefited from three double plays. The right-hander was replaced by Sean Burnett after walking Martin Prado to lead off the eighth.

Jesse Chavez worked a perfect ninth to complete the four-hitter.

Pittsburgh, which entered the game with a major league-best 2.90 ERA, blanked Atlanta for the second consecutive game. The Pirates have three shutouts in their past five games.

Ryan Doumit and Andy LaRoche had three hits, and Nate McLouth and Freddy Sanchez added two hits each for Pittsburgh.

Omar Infante had two hits for Atlanta, which has lost five straight.

Reyes, called up before the game to start in place of Tom Glavine, allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.

The left-hander has lost eight straight decisions dating back to last season. That’s the longest losing streak by an Atlanta pitcher since Marty Clary dropped nine in a row in 1990.

Leading 1-0, the Pirates broke the game open by scoring four runs in the sixth against Reyes.

Sanchez tripled with one out and scored on McLouth’s single to make it 2-0.

After McLouth stole second base, Doumit was intentionally walked and Adam LaRoche struck out. Monroe, who led the Pirates with eight home runs in spring training, followed with his first homer of the season to make it 5-0.

The Pirates added four more runs in the seventh against Carlyle. Doumit had a RBI double and Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked before Monroe again homered.

Notes:@ Atlanta 3B Chipper Jones was out for the fourth consecutive game with a bruised left thumb, and SS Yunel Escobar missed his second straight game with a strained abdominal muscle. Braves manager Bobby Cox said both players could return for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. … Pirates SS Jack Wilson was out of the starting lineup for the third time in four games because of a bruised left middle finger. … The Pirates played their first Saturday afternoon game at PNC Park since September 3, 2005. … Monroe’s six RBIs are the most by a Pirates player since Jose Castillo had six against Milwaukee on May 30, 2006.

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