One more try at Busch


ST. LOUIS — The Pirates last night snapped a seven-game losing streak in St. Louis. They are 13-22 in this park since new Busch Stadium opened in 2006. A win today would give the Pirates back-to-back wins here for just the third time (April 16-17, 2007 and June 2-Aug. 19, 2008).

»»» The Cardinals last night were eliminated from postseason contention when the Reds clinched the division. St. Louis was just a couple games back of Cincy a month ago, but went into a tailspin that began with back-to-back losses in Pittsburgh. “We didn’t help them much,” manger John Russell said, grinning.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Pirates (56-101) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. John Bowner rf, 7. Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. James McDonald (4-5, 4.09) rhp

Cardinals (81-76) – 1. Jon Jay lf, 2. Aaron Miles 2b, 3. Colby Rasmus cf, 4. Allen Craig rf, 5. Mark Hamilton 1b, 6, Daniel Descalso 3b, 7. Bryan Anderson c, 8. Tyler Greene ss, 9. P.J. Walters (1-0, 7.83) rhp