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The Pittsburgh Pirates needed a strong start from Kevin Correia on Thursday for their final road game of the 2012 season. Facing a Cy Young Award candidate in New York's R.A. Dickey, and their 20th consecutive losing season on the line, Correia gave the club the chance to notch their 77th win through his first four frames. But a four-run fifth pushed the Mets out in front. The Pirates offense scratched their way back, but came up a run short. The 6-5 loss on Thursday was their 80th of the season, and in order to snap the 19-year skid, Pittsburgh now needs to win their final six games at PNC Park.

Correia entered game action on a roll since he was moved back into the rotation. The right-hander was charged with 10 earned runs in his last 37.2 innings ...

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