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Bucs Win Third Straight, Beat Reds 6-2

After playing terrible baseball for the past month, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a strong home stand.  So far, so good.  The Bucs won their third consecutive game, and second straight over the Cincinnati Reds, with a 6-2 victory this afternoon at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh used a three-run sixth inning to break open what was once a close game.  Ivan Nova started for the Bucs, giving up one run on five hits in six innings of work.  Steven Brault and Michael Feliz finished off the Reds over the final three innings to secure the victory.

Starling Marte’s groundout scored Josh Harrison in the bottom of the first inning to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead.  A solo homerun by Eugenio Suarez in the second tied the game.

Solo homeruns by Colin Moran and Elias Diaz in the thi...

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Pirates Waste Five Run Lead, Fall To Diamondbacks

Hopefully you did not stay up to watch the most recent disappointing loss by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  West coast games are hard enough, but for a team to blow a five-run lead when leading after six innings, that’s enough to make any person question their fanhood.  That is exactly what Pittsburgh did on Monday night when they opened a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Pirates jumped out to an early lead and it started with Starling Marte scoring on a Paul Goldschmidt fielding error in the first inning.  The Buccos would use a four run fifth inning take a five-run lead over Arizona.  Austin Meadows brought in two runs with a double to left field, which was followed up by a Marte two RBI single to shallow right center field...

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Cubs Beat Bucs 3-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reeling.  Today, after a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Bucs have lost 15 of their last 20 games and are a game under .500.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are a season high 12 games over .500, having won 10 of their last 12 games, while outscoring their opponents 60-32 in that span.

Mike Montgomery was outstanding on the mound for Chicago, giving up one run on seven hits in six innings of work.  Ian Happ made a trio of fantastic catches, including one to end the game, helping Pedro Strop earn his first save of the season.

Chad Kuhl fell to 4-4 on the season after giving up three runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out six batters while walking two, with his ERA sitting at 3.95 on the season.

The Pirates took the lead early with a run in the...

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Pirates Win Wild Game At PNC Park

After being shut out in back to back games and falling to the .500 mark, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of a victory.  Tonight, the offense came alive as they won a crazy game over the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park by an 11-9 score.

This was not a good game for the pitching staff on either club.  The two teams used 14 pitchers combined.  Trevor Williams lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Steven Brault earned the victory (5-1) in relief, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 11th save of the season.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the second on a bases loaded, three run double by Josh Harrison.  Starling Marte singled Harrison home later in the inning, and the Pirates led 4-0.

Los Angeles responded in the top of the third with four runs...

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Flaherty Beats Williams, Pirates 4-1

A day after coasting to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action this afternoon against their division rivals at PNC Park.  Today, unfortunately, the Cardinals got the best of them, as Jack Flaherty pitched a gem and Trevor Williams struggled.  The Cardinals took an early lead and went on for a 4-1 win.

Flaherty was solid for St. Louis, giving up one run on four hits in six innings of work.  Williams, on the other hand, struggled, giving up four runs on seven hits in just four innings of work.  The Bucs used a total of five pitchers, although the bullpen did keep the Cards off the bullpen.  Unfortunately, the damage had already been done.

Matt Carpenter led off the game with a solo homerun to right field.  Starling Marte responded with a ...

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Pirates Rally Falls Short In 5-4 Loss To Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to take two out of three from the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon.  The two teams combined to hit four home runs and, in the end, Cincinnati would bring home one more run in a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh.  The loss would be the Pirates fifth in six games and first time since mid-April that they have lost back to back series.

Zeros were put on the board through the fist two and a half innings today, but the Reds would put a four spot on the board in the bottom of the third.  Ivan Nova would walk the first batter of the inning and then give up a single to right.  With one out, Nova would commit a throwing error that would load the bases for Eugenio Suarez and he would clear the bases with a grand slam to left field...

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Lack Of Key Hits Sends Pirates To Defeat

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on quite the roll lately and most of that is due to their offense.  Tonight, would be the first time in awhile that the offense could not muster that one clutch hit to put the team in the lead for good.  The San Diego Padres would take advantage of that and go on to win 3-2, to even this four-game series at one game apiece.

Pittsburgh would jump out to an early lead in the first inning when Josh Bell hit an RBI double to left field to score Adam Frazier.  They would then double that lead in the third on a Corey Dickerson single to left center field.  That would be the final run they scored on the night.  They would have chances though, as they would leave a total of 13 men on base.

Ivan Nova worked six innings tonight and allowed three runs, two earned...

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Pirates Blank White Sox 7-0

Last week, it took a pair of dramatic offensive comebacks for the Pittsburgh Pirates to beat the Chicago White Sox.  In game one of their two game series at PNC Park, the Pirates took control of the game early and went on for a comfortable 7-0 victory.

A solo homerun by Adam Frazier to lead off the bottom of the first got the scoring started for Pittsburgh.  Josh Bell’s two run double scored Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte, and Colin Moran doubled home Bell to make it 4-0 after the first inning.

A triple by Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the second scored Polanco, and Bell doubled for the second time in as many innings to score Rodriguez, which put the game well out of reach.

Polanco added insult to injury in the sixth with a RBI double to score Frazier, making it 7-0, which would ...

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Pirates Winning Streak Snapped By Giants

All good things must come to an end and that was the case this Mother’s Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After winning their previous five games, they would lose the finale of this three-game series with the San Francisco Giants today 5-0.  One bad inning of pitching, along with an offense that could not muster that one key hit was the reason for the defeat.

Ivan Nova would work 5.2 innings today and was cruising for the first five.  In the sixth though he had a rough go of it that resulted in four runs being charged to him.  Gorky’s Hernandez got things started with a solo home run to left centerfield.  Brandon Crawford was able to plate a run with a double to left centerfield.  Nova would leave with two runners on base and did not walk a batter, while striking out two.

Richard ...

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Pirates Win Fifth Straight, Beat Giants 6-5

After an extensive rain delay, the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for the second game of their three game weekend series.  While Friday’s game was a lopsided victory for Pittsburgh, tonight’s matchup was much more competitive.  It was a back and forth game throughout the evening, but the Pirates scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a hit-by-pitch to beat the Giants 6-5 for their fifth straight win.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh tonight, battling his way through six innings of work.  He gave up three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

The Pirates took the lead in the first inning.  After Gregory Polanco drew a walk and Starling Marte singled, Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the game’...

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