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Pirates face long road after deflating late loss


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The Rangers' Hunter Pence crosses home plate after his eighth-inning grand slam as Pirates catcher Elias Diaz looks on - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

It is probably too early to say the Pirates’ longest road trip of the year could be the tipping point of their season.

However, the Pirates’ three-city, 11-game journey that beings Thursday night in St. Louis figures to present challenges, notably that the Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Padres all have records over .500.

The Pirates are a sickly 1-12 against teams that currently have winning records. They are 16-4 against everyone else, though they blew a four-run lead Wednesday and lost 9-6 to the Rangers at PNC Park to split a two-game series against a 17-17 team.

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