Karstens pitched seven strong innings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates got a great start from right hander Jeff Karstens tonight in game one of a double header against the Milwaukee Brewers.  However, the Pirates also failed to take advantage of their opportunities at the plate, which combined with a bullpen implosion in the late innings, gave the Brewers an 8-1 win.

Karstens got off to a good start in the first inning, getting two strikeouts looking, including Prince Fielder to end the inning.  He allowed a leadoff single in the second, and a two out double in the third, but escaped without any damage.  That wasn't the case in the fourth inning.

With two outs, Karstens gave up a single to Yuniesky Betancourt.  That was followed by a ground rule double to catcher George Kottaras.  After an...

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