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Hamstring shortens Morton's debut

ATLANTA - Charlie Morton debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against his former team lasted all of one inning Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Talk about bad luck, to say nothing of bad timing.

The former Gwinnett Braves pitcher was forced out of his start against the Atlanta Braves after a scoreless first inning because of tightness in his left hamstring.

But Steve Karstens, who had been replaced by Morton in the Pittsburgh rotation, was effective out of the bullpen and the Braves again failed to back Jair Jurrjens in a 3-2 defeat.

Garret Anderson hit a two-out homer off Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps in the ninth inning, but Atlanta had its three-game winning streak ended as Jurrjens fell to 5-4 despite a 2.85 ERA.

Review was used for the first time at Turner Field on a possible home run and it didn't work in Brian McCann's favor. Instead of a two-run homer, he ended up with an RBI double in sixth inning after TV replay confirmed that his smash to center field hit the top of the fence.

The Braves catcher from Duluth also had a double in the fourth inning and finished 2-for-4, raising his average to .314.

Morton, 25, pitched around a one-out single by Yunel Escobar in his first inning for Pittsburgh, but told the Pirates he was bothered by the tightness when he got back to the dugout.

"It's a very mild strain. We took him out more as a precaution," Pirates manager John Russell said. "There is a chance he could make his next start. He had pretty electric stuff. I would have liked to have seen more of it."

Morton, who was 7-2 with 2.51 ERA for the G-Braves, was key part of Atlanta's trade last week for center fielder Nate McLouth and pitched seven scoreless innings for Indianapolis in a no-decision before being called up by Pittsburgh.

Jurrjens allowed just four hits and two runs in six innings, retiring the last 10 batters he faced. He struck out seven.

Karstens (3-4) worked 42/3 innings, giving up four hits and a run in emergency duty. He came in with a 5.43 ERA in 11 games, 10 of them starts.

Lilburn's Jeff Francoeur returned to the starting lineup after sitting on Tuesday and was 0-for-3 as his average dropped to .240.

He hit a long drive to center field in his first at-bat, but Andrew McCutchen ran it down on the warning track.

The four-game series concludes today at 1:10 p.m., with Javier Vazquez (4-5) starting for the Braves against Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm (4-2).

Notes: Tommy Hanson will make his second start for Atlanta on Friday in the opener of an interleague series at Baltimore. The former Gwinnett Braves stand out got a no-decision in his major league debut last Sunday against Milwaukee. ... Baltimore will start two pitchers against the Braves who began the season at Norfolk. Jason Berken will face Hanson and Brad Bergesen will start Sunday's series finale.