Mike Hampton has not lost to the Pirates this decade. That streak continued as Hampton allowed just one run, three hits and three walks in seven very effective innings.
Virgil Vasquez certainly was fine. He gave up a two run triple to Geoff Blum in the first and a two run double to Miguel Tejada in the fifth. He retired the side in order in three of his six innings.
The Pirates outburst came in the 7th. Garrett Jones led off with a double and Robinzon Diaz singled with two out to bring him in, getting thrown out at second in the process to end the inning.
Diaz had two of the three hits.
Evan Meek whiffed the side in the 8th. Jose Valverde returned the favor in the 9th.
Daggone. The offense.
Freddy Sanchez was out again.
Hampton's last loss to Pittsburgh was 5/30/9...
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