Last-place Pirates beat Braves again, 5-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) - James McDonald pitched seven innings, Ronny Cedeno's triple keyed a five-run seventh and the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates beat the slumping Atlanta Braves for the second straight day, winning 5-0 on Tuesday night.

The Braves fell into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NL East after being in sole possession of the division lead every day since May 31. The Phillies played Florida on Tuesday night.

It's easy to find a culprit for the Braves' slide - they have scored only 12 runs while losing five of six, a slump that followed a five-game winning streak.

The Pirates had lost seven of nine and were on pace to lose 109 games before winning the first two games of the three-game series.

Tim Hudson (15-7) lost his second straight after winning six in a row.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)