Karstens gave up one run but took the loss.
The Pirates were blanked by Ian Kennedy and J.J. Putz who combined on a two hit shutout. Justin Upton provided the only run of th game with a broken bat solo dinger that was reviewed by the umpiring crew to make sure that a fan hadn't interfered with Alex Presley on the play. All that activity (and lack thereof from the Pittsburgh offense) was enough to make Jeff Karstens the loser.
Kennedy picked up his 20th win on the year. He gave up just a hit (a two out single to Karstens in the third) and a walk (to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the fourth. He stole second but was stranded) over eight innings. He whiffed the final six Pirates he faced.
Karstens was tough as well. He was pulled after bumping into his pitch count limit after six i...
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