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Joe Blanton

Diamondbacks end Pirates four-game wining streak, 4-1

PITTSBURGH It probably wasn't a good sign for Pirates starter Gerrit Cole that three of the first seven batters he faced Monday night hit the ball off the outfield wall for extra base hits. But a rough patch early doesn't necessarily translate into a bad outing for Cole as he has often shown the uncanny ability to shake it off, settle in and dominate opposing hitters for the next six or seven innings. That was not the case, Monday, though as Cole never really was able to find his "A" game and he labored through 6 2/3 innings while giving up four runs on nine hits and as a result the Pirates saw their four-game wining streak come to a crashing halt. The Diamondbacks...