PITTSBURGH -- One of the bright spots for the Pirates in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies was left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, who tossed two scoreless innings and recorded five strikeouts.
"Our relievers have taken it to heart about keeping the game where it is," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "If they come in and it's tied, behind, ahead, trying to give the ball to the guy that comes in behind them in a better spot. Bastardo was able to spot up two innings for us today, make pitches. He struck out five, he was very effective, very efficient."
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