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Recap: Cardinals 13, Pirates 0
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 4
Venue: PNC Park
Date: August 01, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Manager Clint Hurdle was asked what he said to his Pittsburgh Pirates after they suffered their worst loss of the season.

``Nothing,' Hurdle said. ``We just won four out of five games from the St. Louis Cardinals. You've got to be happy about that.'

The Cardinals ended their season-worst seven-game skid Thursday night and did so in emphatic fashion, averting a five-game sweep by routing the Pirates 13-0 in a matchup between the NL's top two teams.

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``Sometimes it's easy to forget the (players) are human beings,' Hurdle said. ``We played really in the first four games and then we didn't play so well tonight. It happens, though.'

St. Louis began the series with a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central, but left with the Pirates ahead by 1 1/2 games. The Cardinals avoided their first sweep in a set of at least five games since 1916, when the New York Giants took all six games.

Pittsburgh had won the previous four games at PNC Park by a combined score of 36-10.

``We had kept the cat in the bag for four games,' Hurdle said. ``Tonight, we let it out.'

Manager Mike Matheny admitted the Cardinals' losing streak was starting to get to him.

``It's something you go to sleep thinking about and you wake up thinking about it and wonder what that sick feeling in your stomach is when you get up,' Matheny said.

``You realize it's because we haven't been doing what we're supposed to do, what we're paid to do, and that's win ballgames.'

Joe Kelly (2-3) pitched six scoreless innings and had two hits. Tony Cruz added three hits, including a two-run double during an eight-run seventh inning.

Kelly allowed three hits while walking four and striking out four. Seth Maness, Michael Blazek and Edward Mujica pitched one inning each to complete the five-hitter.

``It felt good,' Kelly said. ``The whole time going out there I was just trying to pitch as best as I could. I just wanted to compete my butt off and try as hard as I could to help us get that win.'

Hurdle was impressed by Kelly, even on a night when he didn't have pinpoint control.

``A lot of times the catcher would set up outside but the ball would be on the inside part of the plate because he got such good crosscut action on it,' Hurdle said. ``We've seen him before. He's got a big arm and a chance to be a good one.'

Carlos Beltran, Allen Craig, Matt Holliday and David Freese also had two of St. Louis' 17 hits.

Craig came into the game in a 1-for-27 slump, and he had a two-run double in the seventh.

Charlie Morton (3-3) struggled against the Cardinals again, giving up five runs and 10 hits in six innings. He is 2-8 in his career against St. Louis.

``I made some bad pitches, some pitches that I could executed better and other that I wasn't smart about,' Morton said. ``I'm not saying they wouldn't have scored any runs, but I could gone about it better.'

Morton threw a wild pitch that made it 1-0 in the second. St. Louis scored three times in the fourth as Jon Jay was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Cruz grounded into a double play and Pete Kozma had an RBI single.

Beltran doubled in a run in the sixth before the Cardinals broke the game open an inning later.

``I could have done a lot better job keeping us in the game,' Morton said.

NOTES: CF Starling Marte had two of Pittsburgh's five hits. He has a hit in all 12 career games against the Cardinals. ... Pittsburgh C Russell Martin sat out the game with a sore left knee. ...... RHP Gerrit Cole (5-4, 3.56) will pitch for Pittsburgh on Friday night in the first game of a three-game series against Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin (9-5, 3.54). ... St. Louis opens a three-game series Friday night at Cincinnati with RHP Shelby Miller (10-7, 2.79) facing RHP Bronson Arroyo (9-8, 3.26).

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Cardinals at Pirates
Mon, Jul 29 Final 2 to 9
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GAME 2
Cardinals at Pirates
Tue, Jul 30 Final 0 to 6
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GAME 3
Cardinals at Pirates
Wed, Jul 31 Final 4 to 5
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GAME 4
Cardinals at Pirates
Thu, Aug 1 Final 13 to 0
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  +100   -210   7.5 
 PIT  -110   +175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  -102   -210   7.5 
 PIT  -108   +175   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  66%   28%   83% 
 PIT  34%   72%   17% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 4 Over: 9 
 PIT 5 Cover: +104 
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 Jul 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 0 Under: 6 
 PIT 6 Cover: +105 
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 Jul 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 1 Under: 3 
 PIT 2 Cover: +105 
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 Jul 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 2 Over: 11 
 PIT 9 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 9 Cover: +180 
 STL 0 Over: 9 
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 Apr 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 5 Cover: +100 
 STL 3 Over: 8 
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 Apr 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 PIT 1 Over: 10 
 STL 9 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 0 Under: 5 
 PIT 5 Cover: +102 
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 Apr 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 2 Under: 6 
 PIT 4 Cover: +130 
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 Apr 15, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 10 Cover: +100 
 PIT 6 Over: 16 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Thursday, Aug 1
 
    White Sox at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
12:40 PM EDT
    Royals at Twins
1:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rangers
7:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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