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Cardinals Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 7-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates did everything they could this weekend to help the St. Louis Cardinals gain ground in the N.L. Central Standings.  After two close losses on Friday and Saturday to their divisional foes, the Bucs were beaten easily this afternoon at Busch Stadium by a 7-0 score.  With the victory, the Cardinals completed a three game weekend sweep of the Pirates.

The Bucs fell to ten games under .500 with the loss and their starter, Ivan Nova, lost his 13th game of the year, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings.  Michael Wacha, the Cardinals’ starter, gave up five hits and struck out seven in eight innings.

Yadier Molina was the star of the day for St. Louis, contributing two hits and five RBIs on the day.  Andrew McCutchen had two hits for Pittsburgh, but there was...

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Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1

After a disappointing finale to their home stand against the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the road to continue their month long battle against N.L. Central division foes.  The St. Louis Cardinals still have an outside change at making the postseason, and they played like a team hungry for the playoffs, beating the Pirates 4-1 at Bush Stadium.

Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh tonight and never really settled in.  He struggled with his control, and in addition to walks, he was hit hard on balls he left over the plate.  He gave up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.  His mound opponent, Luke Weaver, pitched a great game, giving up seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the third on a RBI grou...

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Mercer Homers, Pirates Beat Cardinals 7-3

Following a dramatic 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last night at Busch Stadium, the Pittsburgh Pirates turned to Gerrit Cole tonight to hopefully return to form against a familiar foe.  Lance Lynn took the mound for St. Louis, and the Bucs took advantage of some costly mistakes he made throughout his outing, as they went on to win by a 7-3 score.

Cole improved to 6-6 on the season, giving up one run on five hits, while Lynn fell to 5-5 after giving up seven runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the first.  Josh Bell’s RBI single scored Josh Harrison, who got things started with a one-out double.  St. Louis tied things up in the bottom of the inning, when Matt Carpenter led off with a solo homerun.

After Cole and Lynn settled dow...

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Fowler Homers Twice, Cards Sweep Pirates

Hey, why not make it three in a row?  After losing back to back games to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon at Busch Stadium looking to avoid the series sweep against their N.L. Central rivals.  Unfortunately, it was more of the same today, as the Cards were able to muster enough runs, thanks to Dexter Fowler, on their way to yet another 2-1 win.

This afternoon’s game featured another enticing matchup.  Gerrit Cole took the mound for Pittsburgh against Michael Wacha for St. Louis.  Both of these pitchers are familiar with the opposing offenses, making it a very interesting game to watch.  As expected the pitchers got the best of the hitters...

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Pirates Beat Cubs 6-1, Clinch Series Sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates were reeling as they entered this weekend’s series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Having just been swept by the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park, the Bucs entered the home of the defending World Series champions not playing their best baseball and facing a star-studded starting pitching rotation.

But today ended the same way the previous two games did against the Cubs – with a Pirates victory.  Today, it was Jameson Taillon pitching another incredible game, and the offense surged late as the Bucs beat the Cubs 6-1 to clinch the weekend series sweep.

Taillon turned in another solid start, giving up one run (unearned) on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings...

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Buccos Battle Back To Down Cubs 8-7

After going 4-14 against the Chicago Cubs last season the Pittsburgh Pirates knew that they had to be better against the reigning champions this year if they had any chance to contend.  A win yesterday was a great way to start this series, and after a rocky start today Pittsburgh battled back with the long ball to pick up an 8-7 victory and clinch the weekend series.

The talk coming into today was how would Tyler Glasnow pitch.  He was awful in his first start of the year and while today wasn’t much better, there were some signs of improvement.  First off, he managed to last five innings, which saved the bullpen, would walk two, strikeout seven, and of the six runs given up only four were earned...

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Cardinals Rally, Beat Pirates 4-3

The St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for a playoff spot.  Entering the final weekend of the regular season one game behind the San Francisco Giants for the second Wild Card seed in the National League, the Cardinals are in need of a series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After a blowout victory last night at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals came from behind this afternoon to beat the Bucs 4-3.

Chad Kuhl pitched a great game for the Pirates, but stayed in one inning too long.  He gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings of work.  Antonio Bastardo gave up a run in just a 1/3 of an inning, and Felipe Rivero took the loss (1-6) by giving up a run in the eighth.

The Pirates jumped on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals in the first inning.  Jung-ho Kang crushed a three run homerun to left...

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Pirates Rally Again, Beat Cardinals 7-5

Well, the Pittsburgh Pirates did it again tonight.  After falling behind 5-1 in the fifth inning, the Bucs responded with six unanswered runs to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 at Busch Stadium.

The Pirates took the lead in the top of the first on a solo homerun by David Freese.  Aledmys Diaz hit a two out solo homerun in the bottom of the third to tie the game, 1-1.

The fourth inning appeared to change the tide in this game.  After the Pirates stranded two runners in the top of the frame, the Cards scored four runs off Jeff Locke.  Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia hit RBI singles, and Jaime Garcia’s sacrifice fly scored the inning’s third run.  Then Kolten Wong reached on a bunt single, allowing Gyorko to score.  Finally, an RBI by Diaz scored Garcia, and St...

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Polanco Powers Pirates Over Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a seven game stretch today against teams from their divison.  The first four of those games would take place at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh is currently chasing St. Louis for one of two wild card positions, and with the season now half over every game feels even more important.

These two teams would be held scoreless through the first four and a half innings until Matt Carpenter hit a RBI single to right that scored Jedd Gyorko.  That would be the only run that Jon Niese allowed during his 5 2/3 innings of work.  He would give up seven hits, to go along with three strikeouts and one walk...

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Kang Homers Twice, Pirates Beat Cardinals 4-2

Entering tonight’s game at Busch Stadium, the Pittsburgh Pirates had lost four straight games, including three in a row to the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park.  The Bucs got a shot in the arm tonight, though, as they kicked off a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Jung Ho Kang returned to the lineup and contributed in a big way – two homeruns and three RBIs as the Pirates beat the Cards 4-2.

After grounding into a double play and popping out with the bases loaded in his first pair of at-bats, Kang followed with a two run homerun in the fifth and a solo blast in the eighth, helping the Pirates to win their fourth straight game against the Cardinals to begin the season.

Francisco Liriano was solid tonight, keeping the Cardinals in check throughout his seven innings of work...

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