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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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Pirates Snap Six Game Losing Streak

It has been a rough week for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They entered game three of this four game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on a six-game losing streak and have lost in every way imaginable.  That would change today after a rain delay led to some hot bats and a 6-4 Pittsburgh victory.

The Cardinals struck first when Kolten Wong hit a RBI single to right that scored Jose Martinez.  That would be the lone run that Chad Kuhl would allow today, as he returned from the rain delay to throw five innings and give up three hits, while walking one and striking out six.  The Pirates offense would come to life to ensure Kuhl got the victory.

The Bucco bats would smack three homers on the night.  The first came from Adam Frazier who hit a two-run shot to deep right center.  Elias Diaz would...

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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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Pirates Bullpen Falters Once Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance tonight to do something they have not done since 1997, sweep a road series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  While they had their chances to pull of this feat tonight, they would come up short with an 8-4 loss.  Pittsburgh was able to hold they lead through five innings tonight, but the shortcomings of the bullpen would ultimately be their downfall.

Chad Kuhl continued his mediocre at best performances tonight.  He would go five innings and allow four runs on eight hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.  The first two runs came in the second on a Greg Garcia single to the outfield.  Randal Grichuk would crush a solo home run to the third level of the left field seats off Kuhl in the sixth.  After letting two batters on, Tony Watson would give up a...

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Ninth Inning Homer Lifts Pirates To Victory

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their week-long division road trip tonight with the first of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals.  After a split in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh was looking to regain some traction in order to remain relevant in the battle for the N.L. Central crown.  It took all nine innings to decide a victor tonight, but after the final out was recorded it was the Pirates who came away with the win.

Josh Bell got things started tonight in the second inning when he lifted a solo home run to right field.  The Cardinals quickly answered to take the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Jose Martinez hit a two-run homer to left.  Andrew McCutchen was able to bring home David Freese with a ground out to second in the fourth inning to tie the game.

Paul DeJong gave S...

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