Justin Masterson pitched seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just four hits. It was a season-best for strikeouts in a single game this year for the 27-year-old right-hander. It was also his first win since May 24. Chris Perez picked up his 21st save of the season.
Carlos Santana drove in a run in the third with his 10th double of the season. It was also the only extra base hit of the game for the Indians. Michael Brantley drove in the other run with an eighth inning single, and the Indians outfielder upped his hitting streak to 22 games.
Ubaldo Jimenez will be on the mound, looking for his seventh win and third consecutive quality start when the Indians get another shot at the Pirates at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.