The Pirates had opportunities to capitalize and rally back against St. Louis on Saturday. But their several failed attempts dropped them to seven games out of the National League Central in a big series against the Cardinals. The red birds moved within one game behind the Pirates for the second spot in the Wild Card after losing the one-run game.

10 men were left on the bases as the club went a combined 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Andrew McCutchen had a rough day at the plate going 0-for-5 stranding six of his own.

Left-hander Erik Bedard allowed five runs over his 4.2 innings, and the Pirates were able to battle twice to tie up the game with his deficits. But a two-run fifth inning, the left-hander's final work proved to be costly in the loss.

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