The Pittsburgh Pirates (8-11) lost to the Atlanta Braves (13-7) at Turner Field on Friday night. After battling in a one-run game through six innings, the Bucco bullpen allowed four runs to Atlanta in the 6-1 loss in game one of the three-game set.
The Pirates starting pitching continues to shine in 2012. Right-hander A.J. Burnett picked up his second quality start in as many outings since coming off the disabled list. The starting staff has combined for 11 quality starts so far -- six straight -- and no starter has allowed more than three runs in any contest.
Entering game action on Friday, the Pirates starting staff has posted a 2.58 ERA --which ranks second-best in the Majors trailing only the Washington Nationals (2.20 ERA).
Burnett allowed two runs on six hits over 6.0 inning...
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