PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –A season that once looked promising, has officially resulted in a 19th straight losing season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.

The loss drops the Pirates to 67-82.

Yadier Molina’s two-run double in the fourth inning put the Cardinals up 3-1 and would prove to be the difference in the game.

Derek Lee’s RBI-double to right field in the sixth inning cut the lead in half, but it would be as close as the Pirates would get.

In the seventh inning, the Pirates stranded Pedro Alvarez at second base after his lead-off single and a sacrifice bunt by Ronny Cedeno.

Ryan Doumit and Josh Harrison struck out to end the threat.

Alvarez would be the last base runner the Pirates would have as the final six batters were retired in order.

Adam Craig put the Cardinals up 1-0 in the first inning with a double to right field. Rafael Furcal scored on the play.

In the third inning, Alex Pressley’s RBI double to left field tied the game 1-1.

Lee led the way for the Pirates with three hits.

Charlie Morton allowed three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six in seven innings of work.

The Pirates will now head out to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers Thursday night.

Ross Ohlendorf (0-2, 8.03 ERA) is scheduled to take on Dana Eveland (2-0, 0.60 ERA) at 10:10 p.m.


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