CLEVELAND, Ohio (KDKA/AP) — The Pirates’ four-game winning streak came to an end as they lost 5-1 to the Cleveland Indians Friday night.
The Pirates (35-33) are still two games above .500.
Kevin Correia (8-6, 3.60 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits over five and two-thirds innings, including a homerun by Carlos Santana at the bottom of the fourth. He struck out two.
Cleveland’s Josh Tomlin (8-4) earned the win, bouncing back from three consecutive rocky starts. He gave up six hits but no walks over 6 2-3 innings, striking out five.
Travis Hafner returned to Cleveland’s lineup and had an RBI double in the eighth. Manager Manny Acta argued for a three-run homer and the umpires used TV replay, which showed the ball hitting the yellow line atop the right-field wall. It must go over the line to be a homer.
Hafner had been out since May 18 with a strained right oblique muscle. Cleveland went 10-18 without him, including 5-11 in June.
Cleveland scored an unearned run in an odd third inning, when Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta left with what the team announced as a right lower leg injury.
LaPorta was hurt when caught in a rundown between second and third base. He was helped off the field by third-base coach Steve Smith and assistant trainer Rick Jameyson.
LaPorta reached on a bizarre play to open the third. Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno leaped to catch his line drive, but the ball bounced off his glove to second baseman Neil Walker, whose low throw skipped past first baseman Lyle Overbay for an error.
Orlando Cabrera followed with an easy grounder to Cedeno and LaPorta tried to go to third.
Jack Hannahan singled and Grady Sizemore walked to load the bases. After Michael Brantley lined out and with Asdrubal Cabrera at bat, Correia was called for a balk, scoring Orlando Cabrera.
In the Pirates’ sixth, Cedeno hit a leadoff double and scored on a one-out single by Xavier Paul, who was out trying for second.
Correia dropped to 7-2 on the road, allowing one earned run and four hits over 5 2-3 innings. Chris Resop bailed him out of further damage by coming on with the bases loaded in the sixth and getting Adam Everett to ground into a force out.