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Pirates Snap Streak, Beat Cardinals 5-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, snapping their eight game losing streak with a 5-1 victory at PNC Park.

The Bucs have won four straight games against the Cardinals this season.  They are 4-2 against their division rivals, and 11-32 against everyone else.

Steven Brault was magnificent on the mound for Pittsburgh, earning his first victory of the season while pitching a complete game.  He gave up just one run on two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.  In a year that has been mauled by awful pitching, this was a sight for sore eyes for all Pirates fans.

The Cardinals scored their lone run of the game in the third inning on a RBI single by Tommy Edman.  Pittsburgh responded in the fourth inning, taking control of the game with four runs.  Gregory Polanco hit a three run homerun and Jacob Stallings doubled home a run.  Josh Bell’s sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 5-1, which would be the final.

The Pirates were finally able to snap their losing streak.  There’s no denying that this has been a disastrous season, but at this point, the Bucs have nothing to do but try to play spoiler to those teams vying for a playoff spot.  As the season draws to a close, the Cardinals are certainly in that position, and losses to the Pirates prove detrimental to postseason hopes.

Record vs. Cardinals: 4-2

Record vs. N.L. Central: 13-19

Record at Home: 10-14

Overall Record: 15-34


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor