Andrew McCutchen had a four hit night against the Cardinals, just a triple from the cycle.

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense has exploded in the month of June. In the club's 14-5 pounding over the third-place St. Louis Cardinals, they connected for a season-high 19 hits. The 14 runs driven in pushed the Pirates total in June to 139 -- the most runs scored this month by any team in the Majors.

It was just last month that the club was struggling on offense. While the starting pitching and bullpen continued to keep the club in games, the offense never seemed to click. But things changed in a hurry since June 1.

The Pirates offense plated just 147 runs combined during the months of April and May. Aside from scoring 139 so far this month, the Pirates are also are ranked third in the NL in...

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