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Pirates’ bullpen blows up yet again


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Dovydas Neverauskas stands on the mound after allowing a three-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday. - AP

PHOENIX — It was one of the Pirates' finer offensive performances in the past six weeks. They chased Diamondbacks starter Clay Buchholz after a six-run fourth inning and pushed two more runs across against one of the best bullpens in the National League to nearly overcome an eight-run deficit.

It still wasn't enough for a win. The Pirates trailed by six runs after the first inning and their bullpen, one of the worst in the majors over the past six weeks, allowed five runs, as they lost to the Diamondbacks, 13-8, Tuesday night at Chase Field. Trevor Williams shouldered the blame for the loss, particularly the disastrous first inning.

Williams wasn't the only one at fault, though. The Pirates' infield defense, a strength during the club's three consecutive playoff appearances, was responsible for two errors in the first and has been one of the team's weaknesses in 2018.

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