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Cardinals 4, Pirates 3

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Since the only way for the Pirates to end this season on a worse note would be for them to help the Cardinals get into the playoffs, the Bucs lost 4-3 Saturday. I was working and not able to watch it, but here are the Cliffs Notes:

-P- In the first inning, Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer, his 21st blast of the year. The Pirates maintained a 3-0 lead through the first several frames as Chad Kuhl danced through raindrops, allowing a bunch of baserunners without letting them hurt him.

-P- That changed in the sixth. Kuhl gave up hits to the first two batters, then gave way to Antonio Bastardo, who let one runner come in on a wild pitch as he walked one of the only two batters he faced. Juan Nicasio allowed a single to Matt Holliday, then a sacrifice fly to Matt Carpenter, and the Cardinals tied it.

-P- Felipe Rivero took over in the eighth and gave up a decisive homer to Jedd Gyorko. The Pirates put two runners on in the ninth but didn't score. Presto, loss No. 82. The season finale is tomorrow.