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Pirates shut-out by Cardinals

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Jameson Taillon’s fifth inning struggles and pore timely hitting sank the Pirates Saturday night, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.

Taillon was pulled after five innings, allowing all four runs on eight hits- three of which came with two outs in the fifth.

"Definitely not my best one," Taillon told reporters.

He struck out four, threw 13 first pitch strikes to his 21 batters faced and retired four on three pitches or less.

The Cardinals struck for the first run in the fourth when third baseman Jedd Gyorko lined a single past a drawn-in infield.

Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn helped his own cause in the fifth, roping a two-out double to left-center. A misplay by center fielder Andrew McCutchen while getting to the ball allowed Luke Voit to score from first.

Matt Carpenter drove in Lynn with a single to left, and Tommy Pham drove home the second baseman with a double to make it 4-0.

Offensively, the Pirates went 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Lynn was able to work around eight hits in his 6.1 scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

The Pirates’ best chance to score came in the seventh. With runners on the corners and one out, pinch-hitter John Jaso hit a lazy fly ball to right that was not deep enough to score a run. Adam Frazier walked to load the bases, but potential game-tying run Josh Harrison also lifted a fly to left for the final out of the inning.

“He got us tonight,” Clint Hurdle told reporters. “We got him the last time. We'll see what happens the next time."

Lynn improves to 8-6 on the year while Taillon falls to 5-3.

The two teams will play the rubber match of the series Sunday at 1:35 p.m.. Trevor Williams (3-4, 4.80) will start against Carlos Martinez (6-8, 3.40).

 

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