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The Pirates have struggled on both sides of the game over their recent rough stretch. But Pittsburgh showed a gritty performance on Thursday to snap their three game skid against Los Angeles. It wasn't a pretty performance, but it was a needed win for the club.

Two big swings of the bat from Garrett Jones plated a career-high six RBI as he continues to have an impressive month of August, following solid months in June and July. Consistency has been a struggle for the 30-year-old since his rookie year with Pittsburgh in 2009, but some new approaches to the plate this season have allowed him to find success.

"I’m just trying to get a pitch to hit," Jones said. "Not miss it, be aggressive. I’m just feeling loose and relaxed. It’s a combination of things. Just keep...

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