PITTSBURGH — Last Friday, before the Pirates began a seven-game homestand against the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, there was a feeling that it was going to make or break the Pirates season.

“It’s two teams in front of us,” pitcher Jameson Taillon said on Friday. “No team has really run away with it. If we put together a nice home stand, we’re in it. … You never really know what can happen.”

The Pirates took two out of three games from the Cardinals, winning them both in dramatic, walk-off fashion. Still, general manager Neal Huntington said that the four games against the Brewers would have an outsized effect on the way he approached the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

“Every game matters,” Huntington said Sunday. “That’s one of the things that we need to move for...

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