CINCINNATI -- Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive run-scoring doubles in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Friday night to keep the pressure on NL Central-leading St. Louis.
The Pirates have won five of six and 17 of 21 overall. They have already clinched a wild card and began the day just one back of St. Louis for the division lead. The Cardinals played the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
NL batting leader Josh Harrison was aboard after a two-out single against Pedro Villareal (0-2) when Snider followed with a scorching line drive to right that Jay Bruce overran, allowing it to roll to the wall for a 2-1 Pittsburgh lead. McCutchen then doubled into the gap in left-center.
Mike Leake struck out eight in seven solid innings in his last start of the season for Cincinnati. The right-hander allowed one run - Gaby Sanchez's homer on the first pitch of the fifth - and three hits with two walks.
Leake also helped himself in the fifth. He doubled with two out and then ran through third base coach Steve Smith's stop sign on Kristopher Negron's single to center, beating McCutchen's throw with a slide that made it 1-1.
Sanchez's drive to left-center field was his seventh homer of the season and first since August 14.
Pirates starter Vance Worley surrendered nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out four and walked none while throwing 74 pitches.
Pirates: Manager Clint Hurdle's lineup was delayed while he awaited an update on the condition of first baseman Ike Davis. "He has flu-like symptoms that are more than flu-like," Hurdle said. Davis did not play.
Reds: LHP Aroldis Chapman was day to day after he had trouble getting loose while logging his 35th save on Thursday, manager Bryan Price said.
Pirates: LHP Francisco Liriano tries Saturday for his first career win in nine regular-season starts against Cincinnati. He is 0-5.
Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon tries to improve to 3-1 in four starts against Pittsburgh this season.