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Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings to end a personal three-game losing streak, and added an RBI single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Tuesday night. Pedro Alvarez homered and singled, and Russell Martin had three hits for Pittsburgh, which has won three straight. Wilson Ramos homered for Washington, which had just three hits. The Nationals have lost five straight and 10 of 12. Cole (5-3) turned in the best outing of his young career, allowing a run on two hits in his eighth career start. Washington's Taylor Jordan (0-3) allowed five runs, four earned, in 7 2-3 innings in his fifth career start. The Pirates were without closer Jason Grilli, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right forearm strain. After allowing the homer to Ramos in the third, Cole retired 15 of the last 16 hitters he faced against a Washington team playing its first game in front of new hitting coach Rick Schu. The right-hander, who walked one and h...
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