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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 10:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 10, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 10: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on May 10, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 Pirates in six innings, which pretty much sums it up. The Bucs took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker, but Roger Bernadina hit a solo homer to lead off the sixth. Two batters later, the Nats' TV broadcast was showing a graphic that shows how much Adam LaRoche likes pitches high and down the middle, and sure enough, Correia immediately threw an 86-MPH meatball right down the middle for a two-run shot. Correia had been pitching a shutout up to that point, but this isn't the first time this season we've seen him completely run out of gas like this.

Rick Ankiel padded the Nationals' lead with a solo homer off Chris Resop in the top of the ninth.

The Pirates missed out on the sweep, but that's not such a disappointment given the matchup against Strasburg, and they have three games against the Astros coming up.