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The Pirates have been swept three times while sweeping the other two. Who are they?

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Josh Bell is tagged out by the Cardinals' Kolten Wong trying to steal second base in the sixth inning Wednesday. - AP

ST. LOUISGerrit Cole shook his head, gave a half-smile and nervous laugh and struggled to spit out words when the strange trend of the Pirates' series so far this season was pointed out to him.

Thanks to two home runs by the Cardinals' Dexter Fowler, the Pirates lost, 2-1, Wednesday at Busch Stadium to cap a series sweep that was historically remarkable, the first time since 1913 they'd lost every game of a series by the same score. 

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