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9: Times Pirates starting pitchers have allowed five-plus earned runs this season. Arizona led the Majors in that category through Sunday's games with 18.

"If it starts working out like this on six days for everybody, we'll just have to add another starter." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, on Charlie Morton pitching against the Cubs on Monday with an additional day of rest, the day after Jeff Locke pitched three-hit ball for seven innings under the same circumstance.

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