Karstens tossed his second career shutout.

If there is a little extra bounce in the step of Pirates fans everywhere and a little extra swagger in the gaits of Bucco players, I don't think anyone will hold it against us or them. The Pirates are in first place. It's mid-July. Jeff Karstens threw a complete game shutout and was backed by a two run triple from Andrew McCutchen. Combine that with losses by the Cardinals (thanks Brandon Phillips!) and the Brewers and you have the Pirates alone in first by percentage points.

The offense and Alex Presley got things going early against Brett Myers. Presley singled to lead off the first and stole second. He scored on a single from Neil Walker to make it 1-0. Presley was plunked leading off the third. Chase D'Arnaud singled and both runners sc...

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