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Hurdle loses challenge in opener with Reds

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates lost an eighth-inning challenge on Friday after Brandon Phillips was hit by a pitch and the call stood.

Phillips was plunked on the hand by Edinson Volquez's 114th pitch of the game, though manager Clint Hurdle thought the ball might have caught the knob of the bat.

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Volquez, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, was pulled after that pitch. Left-handed reliever Tony Watson came on and gave up an RBI single to give the Reds a one-run lead, though the Pirates would tie the score and go ahead in the bottom of the frame for a 2-1 win.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for

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