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Andrew McCutchen gets the better of Kenta Maeda in Pirates' 6-1 win over Dodgers

Andrew McCutchen gets the better of Kenta Maeda in Pirates' 6-1 win over Dodgers

The residue from the fireworks was drifting toward the Allegheny River when Dave Roberts left the Dodgers dugout. He came to fetch his starting pitcher, one batter too late, in the sixth inning of a 6-1 loss to the Pirates. He came to remove Kenta Maeda, who could not solve Pittsburgh star Andrew McCutchen, the reason for the smoke over the water. 

McCutchen swatted a pair of home runs, the second a game-deciding, three-run shot, to spoil an otherwise exemplary effort from Maeda. Maeda continued the starting rotation’s streak of forcing the bullpen into extended duty. After Maeda exited, Joe Blanton gave up a two-run home run in the same frame to shortstop Jordy...

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