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Pirates Vs. Nationals Score Update: Bucs Down 2-0 Early

The Pirates have struggled offensively so far, getting just one hit and struggling to get contact as Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez struck out five batters through the first three innings. The Pirates took two of three games from the Nationals in their first match up of the season, but are down 2-0 early to the Nats.

The Nats picked up an early score in the first inning when Ryan Zimmerman plated Bryce Harper on a ground out to shortstop. In the bottom of the third inning, shortstop Ian Desmond extended the Nats lead with a solo home run to left field, giving the Nats the 2-0 lead after three innings.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen has the only hit so far for the Bucs.

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