Pirates Vs. Braves: Offense Breaks Out As Pittsburgh Splits Series With Atlanta

The Pirates hit a pair of two-run homers and James McDonald set a career high for strikeouts to win the series finale against Atlanta, 9-3.

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Pirates Vs. Braves Final Score: Tim Hudson Bests Pittsburgh In Season Debut, 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't able to pick up a win in game three of their series with the Atlanta Braves, as Tim Hudson was able to pitch a fine game in his season debut, leading the Braves to a 4-3 victory.

Hudson pitched five innings where he struck out six while allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. The Pirates were able to get base runners all afternoon, but couldn't score them, resulting in 10 men left on base.

The Pirates opened the scoring in the top of the second when Jose Tabata knocked in two runs with a single. Tabata was very impressive today, going 3-for-5.

The Braves took advantage of a less-than-stellar performance by Pirates starter Kevin Correia and suspect defense to pull ahead 3-2 by scoring runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. A Martin Prado home run in the seventh stretched the lead to 4-2.

The Pirates staged a rally in the ninth when Jose Tabata scored on a wild pitch, but Pittsburgh could not find the tying run.

The Pirates and Braves face off in the series finale Monday night at 7:10 p.m.

For more on the Pirates, visit Bucs Dugout.

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