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PITTSBURGH -- Edinson Volquez loves how Josh Harrison plays the game. He thinks the third baseman is the most valuable player in the National League. Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabatas tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits while also making a number of sparkling defensive plays. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits in the Pirates sixth win in eight games. "Hes unbelievable," Volquez said of Harrison, who began the season as the last man on the Pirates bench but is now their leadoff hitter. "He can do everything. For me, hes the MVP with the way hes been playing. Hes an exciting player." Volquez was working on a no-hitter before Devin Mesoracos leadoff single in the seventh. He was charged with one run and three hits in 7 2-3 innings, running his unbeaten streak to seven starts. "It was a very impressive outing," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "It wasnt his best fastball but he kept it down and no-hit them for six innings without the best stuff weve seen from him." Reds right-hander Mike Leake allowed six hits in seven innings in his second consecutive scoreless outing. He pitched 6 2-3 innings in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta last Saturday in his previous start. Cincinnati put two runners on in the eighth, chasing Volquez from the game. Mesoraco then put the Reds in front with an RBI single against Tony Watson (10-1), but Brandon Phillips was thrown out at home to end the inning. The Pirates ERA is 2.15 over their last eight games. Mesoraco had two of the Reds four hits. The Pirates winning rally came against Jonathan Broxton (4-2). Pinch-hitter Andrew Lambo, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game, singled off first baseman Todd Fraziers glove with one out. Then Harrison and Tabata followed with their big hits. "It was really one pitch that hurt me," Broxton said. "Harrison hit one off the right-field wall but the other two hits were ground balls." TRAINERS ROOM Reds: 1B Joey Votto experienced pain in the area of his troublesome left knee on Wednesday when he attempted to field ground balls for the first time since going on the disabled list July 6 with a distal quadriceps strain, manager Bryan Price said Friday. Votto wont be ready to play when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Thursday, and the rest of the season is in doubt. Pirates: 1B Pedro Alvarez (sprained left foot) sat out for a second game and Snider (left hamstring discomfort) was not in the lineup after leaving Wednesdays win over St. Louis. Both are day to day. UP NEXT Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (13-8, 3.26 ERA) will start Saturday in his first outing since breaking a five-game losing streak Sunday by beating Atlanta. 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The Cuban rookie was pulled from the game, and he then met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday. Mattingly wasnt willing to specify exactly why he pulled Puig for Skip Schumaker, saying only, "I felt I was going to get a better effort out of Skip." Puig didnt slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning and got upset after striking out in the third, slamming his bat. He is hitting .346. "I wasnt prepared well for each pitch. It was a good decision," Puig said through a translator about being removed. "He mentioned Skip could come in and do a better job." Schumaker went 1 for 1 with a walk. "I wanted to finish the game, but I agreed with the explanation," Puig said. "The meeting went well. We talked about what every player needs to do to prepare for every pitch." The Dodgers are off Thursday, and Mattingly said Puig would be in the lineup Friday when the San Diego Padres come to town. The manager wouldnt say whether any discipline was involved Wednesday. "What he did today wasnt acceptable," Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco said about Puig. "Hes young, hes going to have to learn. Its not going to be a distraction. Hes going to help this team way more than what he did." Last week, Puig was held out of the starting lineup for a game in Miami, but Mattingly reiterated that the 22-year-old outfielder was simply given a day off that had already been planned. Puigs removal overshadowed a second straight dominating performance by Nolasco, who pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. Nolasco (11-9) struck out a season high-tying 11, walked one and permitted only one runner to reach third base. Acquired in a trade with Florida in early July, the right-hander won his sixth straight start in August. "I know whats at stake pitching here and the chase were in now," Nolasco said. "My breaking stuff was pretty good. I just try to keep attacking the zone and put a lot of pressure on them." Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier hit solo homers for the first-place Dodgers, who earned their 21st victory in August to tie the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month. They avoided a second straight series loss by taking two of three from the last-place Cubs. The Dodgers 19th shutout of the season leads the majors, and is their most ssince 1989, when they also had 19.dddddddddddd "It was a battle from the first pitch," said Brian Bogusevic, who was 0 for 3 against Nolasco. "He never got into a pattern with certain pitches and certain counts or situations. You could never really look for anything in particular. Hes pitching as well as anybody for them right now." Edwin Jackson (7-14) gave up four runs -- two earned -- and six hits against his old team. He struck out five and walked two. "Thats a tough lineup, and the pitching staff is doing well, too," Jackson said. "You have to limit the amount of mistakes you make when youre playing against them." The Cubs have lost nine of 12, and went 2-4 on their West Coast trip. Manager Dale Sveum was ejected in the bottom of the first for arguing a checked swing by Puig with first base umpire Lance Barksdale. "It wasnt a good call," Sveum said. "Obviously, you dont want to get thrown out on something like that in the first inning. We said our piece, and then he just kept his head in our dugout for 30 seconds, waiting for somebody to say something else. Unfortunately, I did. I just dont think thats right." Playing their only midweek home day game this season, the Dodgers scored their first two runs on the homers by Ramirez with two outs in the first and Ethier in the fourth. The 88-degree heat and searing sun had fans crowding under the overhangs in the outfield pavilions and upper deck. The Dodgers extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth. After a pair of leadoff singles, Nolasco bunted and Jackson threw the ball past third base. One run scored on the error and Skip Schumaker, who replaced Puig in right field, hit an RBI single. Kenley Jansen struck out three in a hitless ninth for the Dodgers. NOTES: Mattingly said slugger Matt Kemp would play a rehab game at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, possibly as the DH. Kemp has been on the DL since July 24 with a sprained left ankle. ... The Dodgers franchise record for wins in a calendar month is 25, set by Brooklyn in July 1947. ... Chicago fell to 9-17 in Jacksons 26 starts. ... After giving up just 11 homers in his previous 144 innings, Jackson allowed two in his first four innings against the Dodgers. ... The Cubs concluded their schedule against NL West teams with their final road game outside their division. They will travel exclusively within the NL Central in September for the first time since 1997. ... 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