The Pittsburgh Pirates starting staff was one of the best heading into the All-Star break, but have had some struggled in the second half. One of those starting five has been James McDonald, who entered the break with an impressive 2.37 ERA. The right-hander's second half has been a struggle since Manager Clint Hurdle bumped him to the No. 1 spot in the Pirates rotation.

McDonald entered game action with an 8.71 ERA over his last four starts since the break, but on Saturday night in Cincinnati was able to take some strides forward. The right-hander bounced back with a quality start for Pittsburgh despite the club's 5-4 loss to the first place Reds.

The right-hander allowed three earned runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked just one while striking out seven and threw 98 pitch...

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