The Pirates on Wednesday won 3-1 to sweep the series with the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Bucs third consecutive win. Ronny Cedeno's two-run homer in the second inning was all the offense the Pirates needed to seal the win for Paul Maholm (7-7). Maholm pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits, one earned run, walking two and striking out five. Matt Capps pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 22nd save of the season.
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The Pirates on Friday opened a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds on a positive note, winning 5-2. Members of the 1979 World Series title team attended as Garrett Jones hit a three-run homer and Lastings Milledge added a solo shot. Charlie Morton (3-6) started and got the win. He pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs, walking three and striking out three. Matt Capps pitched one inning to secure his 23rd save.
On Saturday, the 1979 World Series title team was recognized, and then the Pirates thrashed the Reds 12-2. Ryan Dournit and Garrett Jones each had three hits and drove in three runs to support winning pitcher Zach Duke (10-11). Duke pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits, two earned runs and striking out two as the Pirates won their fifth straight game.
The Bucs' win streak was halted Sunday as the Reds beat the Pirates 4-1. The Pirates' offense managed only one run on five hits, and couldn't support an uneven outing from starter Kevin Hart (4-3). He pitched five innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, walking three and striking out four.
The Pirates opened a three-game set with the cross-state rival Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday in the win column, taking the first game 6-4 in dramatic fashion with a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, which the Bucs entered down 4-3 Andrew McCutcheon made up for misjudging a go-ahead RBI triple in the top of the ninth with his heroics at the plate for the comeback win. Ross Ohlendorf started and went 6 1/3 innings, and Matt Capps (3-7) took the win. Capps pitched one inning, giving up three hits and two earned runs.
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