Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinals 4, Pirates 0 Big Hits Elude Offense Sputters vs. Lynn in Loss to St. Louis

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cardinals 4, Pirates 0 Big Hits Elude Offense Sputters vs. Lynn in Loss to St. Louis

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Less than a month has elapsed since the Pirates previously faced Lance Lynn. They touched him up for seven runs, including two homers, in 5? innings June 24 in St. Louis. And Saturday was his 20th career start against the Pirates. They know him.

But Saturday was different.

"His ball had more giddy-up on it," Jordy Mercer said after the Pirates' 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. "He was locating better, he was able to sink it better. Previously, the time we faced him at their place, his velo wasn't there and he wasn't locating as well. If you ask anybody, the ball was getting on us all night."

In six of nine innings, the Pirates had a hit. They had multiple hits in three of them. Only two of those hits, however, went for extra bases, and none of them drove in a run. The Pirates went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

"We had scoring opportunities four of the innings he's out there," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Three through five we had one and in the seventh we had another one and we weren't able to make anything happen. We got ourselves in a position to score and we didn't capitalize."

The one hit with a runner on second was Mercer's liner to right that Jose Martinez nearly caught, meaning Francisco Cervelli couldn't score. Josh Harrison would later fly out to strand the bases loaded.

Harrison also flied out with runners on the corners to end the fifth. He is 5 for 42 (.119) this month, and three of those hits came in a 14-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs a week ago.

The Pirates' three-game winning streak ended. They had won six of seven and pulled within a half-game of the Cardinals in the National League Central Division standings, but the gap widened again. Even during that stretch the Pirates could not gain on the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, who had won eight of their past 10 entering Saturday. At 43-48, the Pirates remain 1 games behind St. Louis and eight back of Milwaukee, which won its third in a row Saturday. …

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