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PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pirates entered game action hitting for just a .225 average, ranking 15th in the National League. The lack of offense resulted in several missed opportunities on Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Bucs had a runner on third with no outs twice but failed to drive him in as the Pirates lost game one to the Houston Astros, 1-0.

Offense woes have been the story for the club all season. While their pitching staff continues to impress, the bats just can't seem to get it rolling consistently.

“When the game gets hard it looks more difficult to play than it is," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "Nobody is beating themselves up more than those guys in there with those opportunities, when they miss them. We’ve got to find a way to contin...

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