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Washington loaded the bases in the eighth off Tony Watson, but the left-hander retired Scott Hairston on a fly to shallow left field to get out of it and Mark Melancon earned his eighth save despite putting two runners on in the ninth.

“That’s what we’re known for, just playing routine baseball, not doing anything too out of the ordinary,” McCutchen said. “(Just) getting in scoring position, getting some runs home and having pitching shut it down for us.”

NOTES: The Pirates claimed right-handed reliever Josh Wall off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. Wall is 1-1 with a 15.15 ERA in 15 career major league games. To make room for Wall on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated RHP Phil Irwin for assignment. … Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche went 0 for 2 in a rehab start for Class A Potomac on Thursday night. LaRoche has been on the disabled list since May 10 with a strained right quadriceps. LaRoche is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. … The series continues Friday night when Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman (3-1, 3.70 ERA) faces Pittsburgh’s Charlie Morton (0-6, 3.45).