Karstens was the tough luck loser.

The game was delayed in excess of two hours by rain. Once it got going, Ryan Dempster survived a rough first inning to hold the Pirates offense down. Chicago scratched out three runs against Jeff Karstens as the Pirates failed to sweep. A win in this game would've left the Pirates just one game under .500.

Dempster issued two out walks to Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker in the first inning. Lyle Overbay poked a double to right that scored both runners, giving Pittsburgh an early 2-0 lead. But Pittsburgh would only get one runner to second base the rest of the game as Dempster gave up nothing but two out singles the rest of the time he was on the mound.

Aramis Ramirez led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer, just his second on the year....

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