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Another offensive dud, a seventh straight loss


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Josh Bell can't come up with a pop into the Pirates' dugout in the seventh inning Saturday night in Los Angeles - AP

LOS ANGELES – This was the epitome of the Pirates’ seven-game losing streak.

Check that. It was the epitome of their first 25 games of this season.

The Dodgers had just scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a two-run lead. However, the Pirates countered by loading the bases against left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson with none out in the eighth. It was a prime opportunity to score some runs and perhaps steal a victory on the road against a quality opponent. Maybe it would be the type of win that would rejuvenate a struggling club.

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