Atlanta's struggles continue

Braves shut out as Pittsburgh edges toward spot in wildcard game.

The Braves were shut out for the 16th time this season as Pittsburgh won game won of the four-game series 1-0 at Turner Field.

Atlanta managed only four hits against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano and and three relievers. Aaron Harang fell below .500 for the season (11-12) despite giving up only one run - a solo home run by Andrew McCutchen - on four hits in seven innings.

Harang's ERA fell to 3.60. He's now allowed 207 hits in 197.2 innings in 32 starts. Harang has 69 walks and 156 strikeouts on the season.

The Braves have now lost four in a row. This was the 16th time this season the Braves have been shut out. Atlanta has scored only 40 runs in 19 games this month (2.11 runs per game). The record in September is now 4-15. They have scored two runs or less in 13 of the 19 games played.

The overall record is 76-80. The Braves are 24-37 since the All-Star Break, and since the Braves hot start (17-7) in April, the team has gone 59-73.

They have scored only one run in 24 games. They are 4-20 in those games. So the Braves have scored less than two runs in 40 games (4-36). The Braves have scored two runs in a game 21 times (4-17). The Braves have scored less than three runs in 61 games, which is 39.1% of the season. They are 8-53 in those games.

Atlanta has game two of the four-game set Tuesday night at Turner Field. Alex Wood (11-10, 2.78) goes for the Braves against Gerrit Cole (10-5, 3.85). Game time is 7.10.

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