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The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up their first road series victory on Wednesday after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, at Chase Field. It also marked the first time the Bucs won back-to-back games since winning two straight during their Opening Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 7-8.

In all three starts during the 2012 season, James McDonald has allowed at least one run in the first frame. McDonald allowed two runs in each start against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The right-hander extended the streak to three by allowing the Arizona Diamondbacks to plate a run in the first.

McDonald left a 3-2 fastball over the plate to start the game, and Willie Bloomquist hit a leadoff triple into the gap in right center field. With on...

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