PHOENIX -- Gerrit Cole won his third straight start and improved to 7-0 in his last nine outings as he handcuffed the D-backs for 7 2/3 innings and the Pirates hung on for a 4-1 win on Friday night at Chase Field.
The Pirates jumped on D-backs starter Josh Collmenter for three runs in the first two innings, which provided all the support that Cole needed. Collmenter settled in to retire 12 straight after the rough beginning.
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