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Harrison's balanced effort helps Pirates edge Reds

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Harrison provided a spark both offensively and defensively to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game set on Friday.

The game was scoreless until the eighth when the Reds broke the stalemate on Devin Mesoraco's RBI single.

Pinch-hitter Andrew Lambo, who was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, singled with one out in the home eighth off Jonathan Broxton (4- 2). Lambo scampered home on Harrison's triple off the right-field wall, then Jose Tabata followed with a chopper through the hole on the left side that plated Harrison for a 2-1 lead.

Tony Watson (10-1) recorded one out in the eighth for the win and Mark Melancon came on in the ninth and worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save of the season.

Edinson Volquez, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, was on the hook for the loss until his offense finally got going. Volquez allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings.

08/29 21:46:33 ET