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Game Thread: Pirates Try To Take Series In Matinee

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates will try to salvage the second series in their six game road trip Wednesday afternoon, taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:15 p.m..

Pirates starter Chris Archer (3-6, 5.42) has been in a bit of a groove of late, recording a 4.05 ERA in his four starts since ditching the two-seam fastball. That includes his last outing on Friday where he spun six masterful innings before being charged for his only three runs allowed in the seventh.

The Cardinals will turn to youthful starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 1.99). The rookie has been bouncing between AAA, the bullpen and rotation this season, but he is stretched out for a long outing if necessary. He tossed 105 pitches over 6.2 strong innings of one run ball in his last outing on July 12 against the Diamondbacks.

Lineups

Pirates

2B Kevin Newman

RF Bryan Reynolds

CF Starling Marte

1B Jose Osuna

LF Melky Cabrera

3B Colin Moran

SS Jung Ho Kang

C Jacob Stallings

P Chris Archer

Cardinals

2B Tommy Edman

RF Jose Martinez

1B Paul Goldschmidt

LF Tyler O’Neill

CF Dexter Fowler

SS Paul DeJong

3B Yairo Munoz

C Andrew Knizner

P Daniel Ponce de Leon