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Slumping Pirates fall to Braves

Ryan Vogelsong allowed only one run in six innings his first start in more than two months but two Jung Ho Kang errors led to a 5-2 Braves win over the slumping #Pirates on Friday in Atlanta.

Vogelsong did not factor into the game’s outcome, but went six innings and allowed only one run.  He walked one and struck out six. 

The Pirates started the scoring in the top of the third inning.  After Eric Fryer walked, Vogelsong successfully sacrificed Fryer to second.  Then, rookie Adam Frazier singled into shallow right field, scoring Fryer to put the Pirates ahead, 1-0.

Atlanta responded in the bottom half of the inning when Erick Aybar’s bases loaded infield single scored Ender Inciarte.

The game then turned into a pitcher’s duel, with Vogelsong and Atlanta starter Tyrell Jenkins going toe-to-toe with one another.  Jenkins also went six innings and gave up one run, however he did walk four batters.

The Braves finally broke the tie in the seventh inning, tacking on two runs against reliever Felipe Rivero for a 3-1 advantage. Third baseman Jung Ho Kang dropped a throw from Rivero for an error that allowed one of the runs.

David Freese smacked a solo home run in the eighth to narrow the deficit, but Atlanta managed two more runs in the bottom of the inning—including another on a Kang error—to make it a 5-2 game and put the Pirates away for good.

Jim Johnson got the save for the Braves, his seventh of the season.  Rivero suffered the loss, and reliever Hunter Cervenka earned the win. 

The Pirates are now at .500 on the year at 53-53.  They went 1-5 on their six game road trip, and now return home this weekend to battle the Cincinnati Reds.  The series begins Friday night at 7:05 with Jameson Taillon taking the ball for the Pirates. 

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