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Wacha, Cardinals Shut Out Pirates 5-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates have some history with Michael Wacha.  Over the years, Wacha has looked almost perfect against the Bucs in some of the biggest games.  This afternoon, it was nearly unhittable, stifling the Pirates hitters and holding a no-hit bid until the ninth inning.  The St. Louis Cardinals jumped in front early and coasted to an easy 5-0 victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh has now lost five straight series, and in those series, they hold a 5-12 record.  They are now just one game over .500, and after a great start against the N.L. Central, they are now just 14-12 against their division.

Nick Kingham started for Pittsburgh, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits through five innings.  Steven Brault pitched two scoreless innings, ...

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Cardinals Walk Off On Pirates Again

It happened again folks.  Two nights after the Pittsburgh Pirates blew a three-run lead to lose on a walk off home run, they would lose again in similar fashion.  No, they didn’t blow a lead, but a bottom of the ninth home run by the St. Louis Cardinals would send them to defeat.  Tonight’s loss would be by the final of 3-2.

There was not much offense in this game with four of the five runs coming via the solo home run.  Even with that, neither starting pitcher worked very deep into the game.  Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl would work six innings allowing two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  St. Louis starter Luke Weaver only went five innings and gave up one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

The Cardinals got the scoring started when Marcell Ozuna hit a ...

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Musgrove, Pirates Beat Cardinals 8-1

After a disappointing series in Cincinnati, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned home to PNC Park for the first of a three game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Joe Musgrove made his Pirates debut on the mound tonight, marking the first time to suit up since being dealt to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole trade with the Houston Astros over the offseason.  Tonight, Musgrove tossed a gem, and the Pirates offense came alive, as they coasted to an 8-1 victory.

Musgrove was dominant tonight, needing just 67 pitches to make it through seven innings of shutout baseball.  He scattered five hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.  Michael Feliz gave up a run in the eighth and Kyle Crick pitched a scoreless ninth in relief.

This was a pitchers’ duel through the first five inni...

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Pirates Win Fourth Straight, Beat Cardinals 6-2

A day after making a dramatic comeback from five runs down to beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates returned to action at PNC Park on Saturday looking for yet another series victory against a N.L. Central opponent.  Trevor Williams battled his way through six innings, and the Pirates offense came alive in the latter innings to push them to a 6-2 victory over the Cardinals.

Williams pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts while earning his fourth victory of the season (4-1).  Michael Feliz, George Kontos, and Edgar Santana each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.

A solo homerun by Francisco Cervelli with two outs in the second inning put the Pirates in front early.  St...

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Pirates Mount Comeback, Win In Extras

The Pittsburgh Pirates were home at PNC Park to begin a three-game series with their division rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.                       Even this early in the season division games carry extra weight, especially if things get tight down the stretch.  Things didn’t look good early for Pittsburgh, but the battled back late to tie the game and finished off St. Louis with a 6-5 victory in 11 innings.

Steven Brault looked good through the first two innings but would be hit hard in the third.  The Cardinals tagged Brault for three runs that inning and would give up one run in each of the next two innings.  He would be lifted after 4.2 innings and allow five runs, four earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

The Pirates offense would final...

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Pirates Score Eight In First, Beat Cardinals 11-6

Tonight’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates featured a matchup between two pitchers who have had significant success against each other in the past – Lance Lynn and Gerrit Cole.  Tonight, however, both pitchers struggled, and the Pirates jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to win 11-6 at PNC Park.

Lynn didn’t finish an inning tonight, giving up eight runs on six hits.  Cole earned his 12th win of the season in his final home start of the year, giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.  This was a long game as most September games are, with the two teams combining to use a total of 14 pitchers.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the first on a two run homerun by Tommy Pham.  A two-run single by David Freese tied things up quickly in...

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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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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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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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