Familiar issues sink Pirates in D-backs sweep

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PHOENIX — A trip to Arizona ended in disappointing fashion on Wednesday afternoon, as the Pirates were swept by a D-backs club with the worst record in the Majors.

As in all three games, the Bucs had opportunities to change the 6-4 loss into a series-ending win. However, Max Kranick’s three-plus-inning start allowed the D-backs to rack up four runs, and once the Pirates rallied in the seventh to tie the game, Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho hit back-to-back homers off Duane Underwood Jr.

Here are three takeaways as the Pirates head into an off-day after a tough three-game showing in Phoenix.

Quality hits

Pittsburgh’s offense extended its streak of 10 or more hits in a game to seven contests on Wednesday, yet it has lost the last four games in that stretch.

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