PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pirates were coming off a huge win on Thursday night in Cincinnati where they took 2-of-3 from the first place Reds in the National League Central.  And after the Bucco bats broke out for four runs on 10 hits off the Kansas City Royals in Interleague play, Pittsburgh remain just two games out of first place.

While it's been the pitching that's held the team near the top of their division for most of the year, the team has finally seemed to click on all cylinders. There was evidence of that on Friday night at PNC Park. Solid starting pitching, which was followed by shutdown innings from the 'pen and the offense swinging against the Royals equaled the win. The Pirates have won 10 of their last 13 games and so far in June are hitting for a team .268 average.

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