Pirates Display Some Rare Power in 4-1 Win Over the Cardinals

Starling Marte homered in today's Pirates' win. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Display Some Rare Power in 4-1 Win Over the Cardinals

PITTSBURGH — In a year where the long ball has dominated Major League Baseball, the Pirates have seemingly been left behind.

The league set a new record for the most home runs in a season last week, but it came with little help from the Pirates, who had 144 home runs on the season entering play on Sunday — 29th in the majors.

But they got two on Sunday in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and they came from players that might be able to contribute some power to the club in 2018 where it had been missing this season.

Starling Marte hit a two-run shot into the left field bleachers for his seventh of the season in the fifth innings and Jordan Luplow added a solo shot in the sixth for his third of the year.

Marte missed half of the season with a PED suspension and Luplow...

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