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Pirates lose another one-run game

Chris Capuano struck out seven as the Los Angeles Dodgers, who scored all of their runs in the first inning against Jeff Karstens and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

The Pirates suffered their third loss in a row in a 3-2 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night in L.A. 

After a sacrifice fly by Juan Rivera to bring in Mark Ellis, James Loney hit a single into left field to bring in Matt Kemp. Juan Uribe added a single in the next at bat for the Dodgers to score Andre Ethier. The Dodgers’ string of singles in the bottom half of the first gave them a 3-0 lead.

The two Pirates runs came in the fifth and sixth innings. Cutting the lead to 3-1, catcher Mike McKenry hit a 430 foot bomb to center field for his first homerun of the season. After a pair of singles by Andrew McCutchen and Casey McGehee in the top of the sixth inning, Pirates left fielder Yamaico Navarro hit a sacrifice fly into left field to bring in McCutchen. The Pirates came within one run of tying the score but could not generate any more offense to tie the game.

The offensive bright spot for the Pirates came in Andrew McCutchen, who was 3-3 from the plate with a walk and a run scored. Chris Resop and Jason Grilli combined for three innings of work from the bullpen for the Pirates and only allowed one hit.

On Deck:
The Pirates continue their west coast road swing against the San Francisco Giants on Friday. James McDonald (0-0) is set to square off against Matt Cain (0-0) of the Giants with the first pitch scheduled for 4:35 p.m. on the East coast.

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