Outfielder Craig Monroe, playing in his sixth game as a Pirate, smacked two home runs and drove in six as the Pirates jumped on Jo-Jo Reyes late and tacked on more for a 10-0 win.
The loss marked the first time since 1974 that the Braves were shut out by the Pirates in two consecutive games:
July 19, 1974: 2-0
The Braves had only one runner in scoring position the entire game: Casey Kotchman got to second with a two-out double in the fourth inning off of Ian Snell.
I didn't see most of this game myself, and I'm glad I didn't. The Braves are playing the finale right now and it's looking good: they're up 6-0 on a rainy day in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a three-run first and Martin Prado's three-run homer in the top of the fourth.
W - Ian Snell (1-2)
L - Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1)
HR - Craig Monroe 2 (2)
RF Craig Monroe, Pittsburgh - 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI
C Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh - 3-4, 3 2B, 3 R, BB, RBI
P Ian Snell, Pittsburgh - 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
AP Photo by Gene J. Puskar