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Pirates Take Series From Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field at PNC Park for final time on a Sunday this season.  They were looking to win their series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.  Pittsburgh would use a couple home runs to put St. Louis away to win the game 4-1.

The Cardinals would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run off of Jameson Taillon.  Taillon would pitch five innings today allowing one run on four hits to go with one walk and six strikeouts.  The Pirates would tie the game in their half of the third when Jose Osuna hit a sac fly to left that scored Chris Bostick.

The first of two longballs today for the Buccos would strike in the fifth inning when Starling Marte hit a two-run home run to left cent...

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Cardinals Rally Late, Beat Pirates 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their final home stand of the 2017 season tonight in the first of three against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Bucs have a chance to play spoiler this weekend as the Cardinals are battling for a playoff spot here late in the season.  Unfortunately, after putting themselves in position to take the first game tonight, the Pirates fell apart late and lost 4-3.

Michael Wacha and Ivan Nova opposed each other on the mound tonight, and neither had an outstanding start, each lasting five innings.  Wacha gave up two runs on three hits, while Nova gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits.

The Cardinals scored the game’s first run on a single by Dexter Fowler, bringing Matt Carpenter home to make it a 1-0 advantage...

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Cardinals Best Pirates Again

Not much to see these days when you tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losers of three straight games, Pittsburgh was hoping to snap that skid, but the St. Louis Cardinals had no intention of losing at home.  St. Louis would pick up a series win with a 4-3 victory tonight.  The Pirates had their chances to win, but the Cardinals would battle back.

Chad Kuhl was good on the bump tonight and even helped his cause with the bat in the second inning.  He would double home Jordy Mercer for the first run of the game, before coming in to score on an Adam Frazier ground rule double.  Kuhl pitched six innings allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

St. Louis came back from a 2-0 deficit in their half of the second when Yadier Molina hit a two-run ho...

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Cardinals Hold On To Beat Bucs 11-10

It was a crazy game tonight at PNC Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  After falling behind by as many as eight runs, the Pirates rallied late, but came up just short as the Cardinals held on for a 11-10 victory on the North Shore.

The Pirates have now lost six straight games, are six games under .500, and continue to drift further and further out of contention in the N.L. Central division.

Trevor Williams suffered the loss tonight (5-6), giving up eight runs on seven hits in three innings of work.  Carlos Martinez improved to 10-9 on the season with the victory, giving up three runs on six hits through seven innings of work.

Homeruns by Tommy Pham in the top of the first and Josh Harrison in the bottom half evened the game 1-1 heading into the second inning...

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Frazier Walks It Off With RBI Single

If the Pittsburgh Pirates want to make a run at the 2017 postseason, they have to win series in the second half of the season.  Pittsburgh had a chance at that today after splitting the first two games of this three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  It took all nine innings, but in the end, it would be the Pirates who came away with the game and the series at PNC Park.

The Buccos struck in the bottom of the first with an Andrew McCutchen RBI single to shallow center field.  Pittsburgh would hold that lead until the fifth when Matt Carpenter plated a run with a double to right.  Max Moroff would strike in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right field.  St. Louis was not down for long, as a single by pitcher Carlos Martinez tied the game once again.

Trevor W...

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Lynn, Cardinals Blank Bucs 4-0

After a dramatic walk-off victory last night at PNC Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to clinch their weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals with another win tonight.  Lance Lynn took the mound for St. Louis against Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh, pitting an enticing pitching matchup on a Saturday night.

Both teams had their chances tonight, but Lynn was able to shut the door on the Bucs time and time again, as the Cardinals beat Taillon 4-0.

Lynn was solid for St. Louis, giving up eight hits but no walks in 6.1 innings of work.  Taillon fell to 5-3 on the season, giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings.  The Pirates had plenty of chances to score, the best of which coming in the seventh with the bases loaded...

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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 Close Season With Loss To Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates season has officially come to an end today after a 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Pittsburgh had an up and down season that never saw them go on the type of roll a team needs to reach the post season.  Bad free agent signings, injuries, and down years for players were the main factors to the team seeing their playoff streak snapped after three years.

St. Louis started the scoring in the third with a Yadier Molina RBI single to center.  In the fifth inning, the Pirates took the lead on an Andrew McCutchen two run single to left.  That would be the last time that the Buccos held the lead on the day.  Ryan Vogelsong pitched his final five innings in a Pittsburgh uniform today and allowed one run on five hits, to go with three walks and one strikeout.

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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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