The Pirates moved to within a half a game of first place as Andrew McCutchen and A.J. Burnett led the Bucs to a 3-2 victory over the Royals Sunday afternoon.
The Pirates are currently 32-27. The first-place Reds, currently 32-26, host the Detroit Tigers Sunday night at 8:00.
McCutchen knocked in an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead, then hit a two-run homer in the third to put the Pirates up 3-0.
Burnett, meanwhile, took a no-hitter into the sixth. In the seventh, Brayan Pena and Alcides Escobar both doubled to cut the lead to 3-1. The Pirates allowed another run in a walk-filled eighth, but outfielder Mitch Maier — who had duped the umpires by faking an amazing diving-over-the-wall catch in the bottom of the seventh — was rung up looking with two outs and the bases loaded.
Jason Grilli, who came on to pitch the ninth to give Joel Hanrahan some rest, notched the save.