Cardinals Vs. Pirates: St. Louis Wins 5-1, Avoids First Series Defeat

Behind another strong pitching performance from Kyle Lohse, the Cardinals notched a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Final Score: St. Louis Wins 5-1, Avoids First Series Defeat

Looking to avoid losing their first series of the 2012 season, the St. Louis Cardinals came through with a 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates had beaten the Cardinals on Saturday, but they couldn't follow up with another win on Sunday to cap the series victory.

Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse was once again superb for St. Louis, allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings. He struck out five hitters and didn't allow a single walk.

Pirates starter Erik Bedard struggled early but settled in to give Pittsburgh seven innings of work, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. The lefty battled some command issues, walking four Cardinal hitters, but he also struck out seven.

Rafael Furcal led the way for St. Louis on offense, getting on base four times en route to scoring two runs, plus Shane Robinson was 2-for-3 with a walk covering Jon Jay in center field.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Score Update: St. Louis Leads 3-0 After Three Innings

The St. Louis Cardinals are leading 3-0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates after three innings of play on Sunday afternoon. The St. Louis offense has been able to do some work on Pirates starter Erik Bedard early, allowing the Cardinals to take the lead.

In the first inning, the Cardinals actually managed to load the bases with zero outs, but Bedard got the very next batter, Carlos Beltran, to ground into a double-play. While St. Louis tacked a run on the scoreboard on that play, David Freese flew out to center field afterwards, ending the inning.

Freese didn't take advantage of that opportunity in the first, but he didn't whiff on his second chance. In the third inning, with two outs and two men in scoring position, Freese came up to face Bedard and made him pay with a two-run single. That's where the game is at as far as scoring is concerned.

Lohse has pitched three shutout innings so far, allowing two hits while striking out two batters.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Line Ups: No Days Off On Pivotal Sunday

As the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates look to leave the weekend with a series victory in hand, both managers will run out line ups on Sunday that afford no days off for their starters, which clashes with at least how Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has handled his team in the early going this season.

Here are the starting line ups for both teams:

Cardinals

  1. Rafael Furcal, SS
  2. Tyler Greene, 2B
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Carlos Beltran, RF
  5. David Freese, 3B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Matt Carpenter, 1B
  8. Shane Robinson, CF
  9. Kyle Lohse, P

Pirates

  1. Nate McLouth, LF
  2. Jose Tabata, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  7. Clint Barmes, SS
  8. Michael McKenry, C
  9. Erik Bedard, P

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates: St. Louis Looks To Salvage Series

At 10-5 and first place in the NL Central, not much could put a damper on the good feelings of the St. Louis Cardinals' hot start, but that's not to say that a series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn't be a disappointing way to end the weekend. The Cardinals took the first game of the series by the score of 4-1 but were shut down by A.J. Burnett and the Pirates bullpen yesterday in a 2-0 loss.

Taking the hill for the Cardinals as they look to win their fifth straight series of the season is Kyle Lohse, who has been spectacular this season for the Redbirds. In three starts this year Lohse has pitched 20.1 innings and only given up two earned runs, which is good for a 0.89 ERA. He's also struck out 11 batters and walked only two.

On the mound for the Pirates will be Eric Bedard, the oft-injured lefty who will be healthy on Sunday, and thus dangerous. Bedard is 0-3 on the season, but his 2.65 ERA is a much truer indicator of how he has pitched this season. If there's been any blemish on Bedard's small resume as a member of the Pirates, it's that he's only pitched past the fifth inning in one of his three starts.

Game date/time: Sunday, April 22, 12:35 p.m. CT

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Penn.

TV: FSN Midwest

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Preview: Cardinals Can Claim Another Series On Saturday

The St. Louis Cardinals have spread their 10 wins out well this season, and are a perfect 5-0 in terms of winning the majority of games in a head-to-head series. After Lance Lynn shut down the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates offense in a 4-1 win on Friday, the Cards could claim yet another series win with a victory on Saturday night. Jake Westbrook has been nothing short of spectacular so far this year, and he brings a sparkling 0.64 ERA and 0.86 WHIP into the contest despite a 4:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

As for the Pirates, the only run they scored on Friday was an inside-the-park home run by Alex Presley in the first inning. They won't just be battle Westbrook on Saturday, because they have plenty of problem of their own at the plate. They rank dead last in the MLB in runs scored (27), batting average (.201), on-base percentage (.249) and slugging percentage (.285).

Game Date & Time: Saturday, April 21, 6:05 p.m. CT

Starters: Jake Westbrook (2-0, 0.64 ERA) vs. Kevin Correia (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: FOX Sports Midwest

Radio: AM 1120 KMOX (click here for full list of affiliates)

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Recap: Lance Lynn Leads Cards To 4-1 Win

For the third time in three starts, young St. Louis Cardinals righty Lance Lynn shut down the opposition and set his team up for a victory. The 24-year old used pinpoint command to hold a struggling Pirates offense to just four hits and one run -- an Alex Presley inside-the-park home run -- over 7.0 innings to improve his personal record to 3-0 this season. As for the Cardinals offense, they only produced eight hits on the night, but saved two insurance runs for the top of the ninth as Daniel Descalso homered to right field and Rafael Furcal doubled to left field to score Shane Robinson.

The real advantage on the night came from Cardinals pitching, who held the Pirates to just four hits and one run for the entire evening in the 4-1 win. SB Nation's Cardinals blog, Viva El Birdos, summed the performance up like this:

Lynn was nails tonight. The grizzly right-hander didn't miss a beat after the Schumakiavellian start the game. After the Schumaker-abbetted inside-the-park homer, Lynn allowed only three more hits, issued but one walk, and would not allow another run in his seven-innning start. Boggs shutdown the eighth in dominating fashion with two strikeouts. Motte closed the game out for his third save of the year.

Game 2 of the series starts at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Score Update: St. Louis Holds 2-1 Lead After 5th Inning

In a game that has bee light on offense so far -- the Pirates have nearly as many errors (3) as base hits (4) -- the St. Louis Cardinals are holding a slim 2-1 lead in the sixth inning.

Related: Cardinals at Pirates Open Thread: Lance Lynn vs. Charlie Morton

Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton has gone five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, while striking out six and walking three. Lance Lynn also has allowed four hits through five innings of work, and the only run he's allowed came on a home run by Alex Presley in the first inning.

Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran have driven in the runs for St. Louis.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Lineups: Hot-Hitting Matt Carpenter Starts At No. 2 Spot

The St. Louis Cardinals (9-4) look to start another win streak Friday evening against the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-7) with SP Lance Lynn making his third start of the season.

Here is a look at today's starting lineups:

With 1B Lance Berkman on the DL still, 1B Matt Carpenter takes command of the first bag and hits No. 2 on Friday evening, hoping to continue his hot start to the season. Carpenter currently sports a powerful .321/.323/.643 slash with 1 home run through 31 PA.

The Cardinals get under way with first pitch at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

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Cardinals Are Ailing, So Skip Schumaker Is Asked To Rush Back From His Oblique Strain Rehab

The St. Louis Cardinals (9-5) have jumped out an early three-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers (6-7) in the NL Central, but they have sustained some collateral damage along the way. Adam Wainwright's has struggled on the mound during his comeback bid in 2012, but now the injury list is really starting to pile up on general manager John Mozeliak. On Thursday the team placed Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain, and by the end of the day their starting center fielder (Jon Jay) was spotted with a sling on his right arm.

All of this has put pressure on utility player Skip Schumaker to make an early return from an oblique strain he suffered during spring training, as noted by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A few hours after Mozeliak confirmed that Lance Berkman would go on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain and that Schumaker would join the team in Pittsburgh today, center fielder Jon Jay left the ballpark with his right arm in a sling.

..."We'll have some availability in the outfield," manager Mike Matheny said. "We're going to have to get him in there and see how he feels, see how he looks. The obvious answer is we do have a spot now in center field that we didn't anticipate."

..."When you think about all of the options we had - and we can explore all of them - we thought this was the safest thing to do," Mozeliak said.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Preview: Lance Lynn Takes The Mound Against An Ailing Pirates Offense

The St. Louis Cardinals open up a three-game weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

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