A big day from Pearce wasn't enough.
The pitching was good. Again. The hitting was not. Again. Brooks Conrad hit a two run pinch hit homer in the eleventh inning to win it for Atlanta.
The Pirates managed only two runs and were held without a hit over the final four frames.
James McDonald was touched early. He gave up a double to Jordan Schafer to start the game. Alex Gonzalez and Chipper Jones followed with singles to make it 1-0. But McDonald got Brian McCann to pop out and Eric Hinske hit into an inning ending double play. Hinske got some measure of revenge in the sixth inning with a solo homer for Atlanta's second run of the game.
The Pirates stayed in it to that point. Mike Minor was forced to start in place of Tim Hudson and he was solid. Jose Tabata singled and stole...
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