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Cards scratch and claw but cannot complete comeback in Pittsburgh

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

(BaseballSTL) -- The Cardinals fell behind three different times in Game 3 against the Pirates at PNC Park and were able to recover from two of them.  Unfortunately, all it takes is one lead at the end to do the damage and that’s what happened to the Cards. 

They played behind just about the entire night in Pittsburgh, something that they say made getting into a groove incredibly challenging.

“It is hard, no doubt about that,” Carlos Beltran said.  “We prefer to score early but they scored two in the first inning and we just couldn’t put anything together until we scored those two runs (in the 5th).  Basically it was a pitcher’s game today.”

“It was tough,” Yadier Molina said. “Especially when we came back in the 8th with the (Carlos) Beltran home run.  But you have to give them credit.  They take good at-bats and never give up.”

The Cardinals actually were able to score a couple runs off Pirates ace Francisco Liriano in six innings.  Coming into this game they’d scored just two runs off him all season long in 24 innings.  In the end, however, it was not enough.

“You’re always trying to put good ABs up against pitching and we were effective barreling up some balls but they made some plays,” David Freese said.  “(Liriano’s) a tough pitcher, he’s one of the best in the league.  He’s nasty.  We dug in there while Joe (Kelly) did a great job.  We just came up short.”

The result?  The Cardinals must win their next two games against the Pirates (including Game 4 here in Pittsburgh) in order to move on to the NLCS against the winner of the Braves and Dodgers series.


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