Kevin Correia had another very meh start, going five frames and giving up four runs on seven hits with a K, turning an early 2-0 lead into a 4-2 deficit before he claimed the hot water.
Evan Meek held the line during his inning, but Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen pitched the last two innings, and about all they did was start to scrape the rust off their arms, both returning from lengthy layoffs.
Beimel was tagged for three runs on four hits and a very costly error by Josh Fields (only one run was earned) in an inning of work. Olsen came next and gave up a singleton in the eighth, a homer by Nick Green with two away followed by a triple that he stranded.
The Bucs bats continued to connect, as they amassed 14 hits. Four guys - Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Ciriaco, Steve Pearce (both doubles) and Jason Jaramillo - had a pair of knocks apiece.
But Pittsburgh was 4-13 RISP, had a runner caught stealing, another gunned at the plate, and bounced into 4 DPs. Tough to win games like that!
The Pirates are off tomorrow. They'll play the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 PM on Wednesday at Bradenton's McKechnie Field.