Akin to their 13-0 victory against the Pirates on Aug. 1 following four straight wins by the Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals exacted revenge after the Pirates won the first two games of the weekend's series. Pittsburgh outscored St. Louis 12-1 the past two games and, one month after their 13-0 victory, the Cardinals scored plenty of runs to avoid a sweep.

Starting pitcher Kris Johnson, called up to the big leagues today, had his first start as a major-leaguer spoiled after two-plus innings.

"These are the situations you want to be put in, I just didn’t take advantage," Johnson said. "It’s just one of those days. It wasn’t a lack of effort, it was a lack of execution."

Kris Johnson made his first major-league start Sunday, but only lasted into the third inning where he could not r...

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