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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game and slumping Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run among his three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates rolled to a 10-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners Wednesday night.
Making the 88th start of his four-year career, Cole (6-6) struck six and walked one while winning for the first time since May 20. He had gone six starts without a victory while also spending nearly five weeks on the disabled list.
McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang each had four RBIs to help the Pirates win for the sixth time in nine games. Jordy Mercer also had three of the Pirates' 14 hits.
Kang also hit a sacrifice fly off James Paxton (3-5) in to finish a three-run third inning that broke a scoreless tie.
Paxton gave up three runs and six hits in five innings.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Stephen Strasburg shut down Cleveland for seven innings and bounced back from his only loss this season, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-1 win over the Indians Wednesday.
Strasburg (14-1) began the season with 13 straight wins before he was beaten by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21. The powerful right-hander shook off that blemish, holding the Indians to only three hits as the Nationals recovered after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth and losing on Tuesday night.
Washington rookie Trea Turner drove in three runs and Daniel Murphy hit his 20th homer off Carlos Carrasco (7-4), who nearly matched Strasburg but was done in by one bad inning.
Nationals reliever Blake Treinen stopped Cleveland's threat in the ninth, getting a game-ending double play for his major league save.
Strasburg walked one and struck out seven.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jay Bruce homered in his career-high fifth straight game, connecting off Madison Bumgarner and leading the Cincinnati Reds over the slumping San Francisco Giants 2-1 Wednesday.
Bruce connected for his 25th homer of the season. His sixth home run during his five-game streak broke a 1-all tie in the seventh inning.
The NL West-leading Giants have lost nine of 11 since the All-Star break. The last-place Reds are 8-4 over that stretch.
Dan Straily (6-6) gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings. Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.
Bumgarner (10-6) allowed one earned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out nine.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers now have a new way to savor the team's NBA title.
The Cavs are being honored with butter sculptures at this year's Ohio State Fair, which opened Wednesday in Columbus.
The butter sculpture display includes life-sized Cavaliers' mascots Moondog and Sir C.C., along with the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The trophy sculpture is about 4 feet tall, much larger than the actual award.
The display took about 2,150 pounds of butter and 500 hours to complete. The sculptors began by building wooden and steel frames to support the sculptures' weight. They then formed each sculpture from 55-pound blocks.
The American Dairy Association Mideast has sponsored butter sculptures since the early 1900s. The displays are inspired by a theme representing something "optimistic and non-controversial" about Ohio.