Jared Hughes

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- After seeing their starting pitcher lefty Erik Bedard exit the game in the top of the second inning due to an injury, the bullpen knew they would have a tough task not only facing the Washington Nationals staff, but to provide eight innings of relief. But they stepped up and kept the club in the game.

"They’ve been very resilient. They’ve been very effective. They bent, but they didn’t break," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said.

"It just shows what our bullpen is able to do," Outfielder Andrew McCutchen said. "It really shows what kind of team you have."

Bedard was removed from his seventh start of the season due to back spasms. Bedard needed just five pitches to retire the side in the first. After throwing a 1-2 pitch to former Bucco Adam LaRoche...

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