PITTSBURGH — When it comes to the rivalry between the Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals over the last few years, it’s been close but still one-sided.

Despite some memorable victories along the way, the Pirates went 9-10 against the Cardinals in each of the last two seasons. In 2014, they went 7-11. The last time they had a winning record against St. Louis was in 2013. That was the year the Cardinals eliminated them from the playoffs.

More so than how the Pirates were beaten, the most frustrating part of the rivalry has often been how they were beaten, with the Cardinals’ famous attention to detail and solid fundamentals frequently providing the margin of victory.

This year, the Pirates were swept in a three-game series in St. Louis in April. Since then, they've taken two of thre...

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