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Charlie Morton wild as Pirates lose again

Justin K. Aller

Another day, another Pirates loss.

The Bucs got one in the first when Alfredo Simon gave up a single to Starling Marte and then, later in the inning, three straight walks. The Reds tied the game in the second, when Roger Bernadina walked, stole second, moved to third on an error on the play, and then came home on a ground out. The Pirates went up 2-1 in the third when Andrew McCutchen for a third straight day.

After that, though, the Bucs had an exhausting inning in the fifth. Charlie Morton hit Devin Mesoraco, then hit Ramon Santiago. Alfredo Simon then moved the runners up, and Billy Hamilton brought Mesoraco home with a single. Then Hamilton tried to steal second, and Santiago came home on Chris Stewart's throwing error (one of two by Stewart in the game). Hamilton went to third, then came home on Jay Bruce's grounder a few batters later. (Morton went six innings, walking five batters, one intentional, and hitting one.)

In the eighth, Bruce led off with a double off Bryan Morris, then moved up on a wild pitch and came home on a groundout by Mesoraco. The Pirates put two on in the ninth, but failed to score on Jonathan Broxton.