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  W: G. Cole (12-11)   L: L. Lynn (11-8)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, September 23, 2017
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 29,672

Cardinals look to continue their fun vs. Pirates

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St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. St. Louis has a 10-6 record against Pittsburgh this year, clinching the season series for a fourth straight year. The Pirates have won four of seven meetings in Pittsburgh, however.
  2. The Cardinals were 66-66 and 5.5 games out of the second NL wild card spot through August 30, but have gone an NL-best 14-6 since then to pull within 1.5 games of Colorado in the wild card race.
  3. Pittsburgh had scored two or fewer runs in seven straight games -- the club's longest such streak since August 2010 -- before a 6-4 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Pirates are 2-12 over their last 14 games, averaging 2.0 runs.
  4. Andrew McCutchen is one of two MLB players to record at least 20 home runs and 75 RBI in every season from 2011 to 2017, along with Nelson Cruz.
  5. Paul DeJong's 24 home runs are the second most by a Cardinals rookie all-time, behind Albert Pujols' 37 in 2001. DeJong and the Pirates' Josh Bell are two of an MLB-record nine rookies who have hit 20 or more homers this season.
  6. Michael Wacha is 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 15 home starts this year, compared to 4-5 with a 5.07 ERA in 13 road outings. He threw 8.0 shutout innings against the Pirates on September 10 in St. Louis (7-0 win).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2017 thru 9/24/2017

PITTSBURGH -- Tension? What tension?

The St. Louis Cardinals are having a blast as they make a push for a playoff spot.

The Cardinals look to continue enjoying their pursuit of a playoff spot Saturday night when they face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second game of a three-game series.

"It's been a lot of fun. It's a fun stretch right now," starter Michael Wacha said Friday after he watched his teammates score twice in the ninth to get a 4-3 victory Friday.

Jedd Gyorko delivered the tying single as a pinch hitter and Randal Grichuk scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by Pittsburgh shortstop Jordy Mercer.

"It just seems this team never gives up and we're always in it," Wacha said. "We've been playing some hard games on this road trip."

But not all against great opponents.

The Cardinals (81-72) got swept in three games by the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs to start the trip, then swept last place Cincinnati before opening the series against a team in the Pirates (69-85) that's nearly as bad as the Reds.

St. Louis moved into second place in the division, a half-game ahead of Milwaukee, and remains five games behind the Cubs. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games the Colorado for the second NL wild card spot.

"We're starting to play really well right now at crunch time," Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong said.

A pair of 11-win right-handed starters will face off Saturday, St. Louis' Lance Lynn (11-7, 3.09 ERA) and Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole (11-11, 4.13 ERA).

Lynn was cruising with 11 quality starts in 12 outings until his past two. He did not get past the fifth in either.

His last time out, Lynn got a no-decision Sunday against the Cubs when he went four innings and allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in a game the Cardinals later came back to win.

Lynn is 7-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 22 appearances (20 starts) against the Pirates. He is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts vs. Pittsburgh this season.

In Cole's most recent start, a Pirates 5-2 loss Sunday against Cincinnati, he allowed just three hits, but four runs, in five-plus innings, with four walks and six strikeouts. He was throwing a one-hitter going into the sixth, then got pulled after he gave up a walk, a homer, another walk and another homer.

Even with the season winding down, Cole is still evaluating and looking for answers.

"Try to take the good, I guess," Cole said. "There's more work to be done," "Try to figure out what changed in the sixth, what was out of my control; what was in my control and how I can improve from that."

Cole has gotten just five runs of offensive support over his past five starts, totaling 32 innings.

At PNC Park, he is 0-3 over his past seven starts, with his last win at home coming June 13 against Colorado.

Against the Cardinals, he is 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 13 career starts, including 1-1 in three starts this season.

Updated September 23, 2017

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