The surprising Pirates missed a chance to win 10 in a row for the first time since 2004, but the NL Central leaders still have the major leagues’ best record at 51-31.
“There’s no guarantee, obviously, you’re going to win every game when you’re up here,” said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. “You never like to lose, but we weren’t able to meet some of the demands that were there for us tonight to get some runs.”
Pittsburgh managed six baserunners over the 2 1/3 innings immediately after chasing Pettibone, but did not score. The sequence was punctuated by De Fratus striking out Jordy Mercer swinging with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth.