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Pirates Sink Cardinals 8-1 in Series Opener

The road trip got off to a bad start for the Cardinals on Friday night in Pittsburgh to the tune of an 8-1 setback to the Pirates. The game was scoreless into the sixth inning with the Cardinals John Gant and the Pirates Joe Musgrove locked in a pitcher’s duel. The Pirates scored three runs in the sixth inning, started by Josh Harrison’s run scoring double. Josh Bell added a sac fly and Corey Dickerson drove in the third run with a ringing double to right. Gant was charged with all three runs, but he got little help from ineffective relief pitcher Brett Cecil.

The Pirates doubled their lead to 6-0 in the seventh inning when Francisco Cervelli mashed a double off the right field wall clearing the loaded bases. That hit came off Cards relief pitcher John Brebbia. Tommy Pham’s ninth home run of the season in the eighth inning accounted for the Redbirds only score of the game.

Struggling relief pitcher Greg Holland continued to do just that, struggle. He allowed two runs in one inning of work, padding the Pirates lead to 8-1.

The Cardinals offense continues to struggle to score and the team lost their third straight game.