d'Arnaud had a nice web gem last night, helping a strong defensive effort behind Morton.

The Pirates reached the half way mark in the season at one game over .500. That's great news. The bad news is that they lost a winnable game and let another solid effort from a starter go unrewarded. The Nationals scratched out a run in the ninth to take the opener of the series 2-1. Washington was aided by two former Pirates - Tom Gorzelanny and Matt Stairs.

Both teams threatened in the first. But neither scored. Chase D'Arnaud singled with one out and Andrew McCutchen walked. But Matt Diaz hit into a double play. With Charlie Morton toeing the slab for the first time in ten games, the Nats looked to capitalize on his rustiness. Roger Bernadina and Jayson Werth started the game with singles....

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