• Karstens' outing just what Bucs need to snap skid

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Aug 25, 2012
    Jeff Karstens delivered just the type of outing the Pittsburgh Pirates needed to snap a losing streak. "I wasn't happy about having to come out when I did, but at the end off the day, I'm just happy that we won," Karstens said. Karstens gave up seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four for his first win in nine career starts against Milwaukee. Karstens also had an RBI single and scored during Pittsburgh's four-run fifth inning, but left with what was referred to as an injured right groin after the first two Brewers singled in the eighth. Hurdle noted he had reliever Jason Grilli primed to enter to face Rickie Weeks, the batter following Norichika Aoki, the man Karstens was facing when he cringed after delivering a changeup. All that attention to finishing out this season stronger than the one before wouldn't mean much if Pittsburgh starting pitchers didn't, well, start with some zeroes and halt the taxing streak of having let opponents score first in 21 of the last 25 games.
    Sources: MLB.com ESPN.com

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