Cards drop to second place behind Pirates

6:15 AM, Jun 29, 2013   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) -- They have a winning percentage of .608 and an overall record of 48-31.  That would be good enough for first place in every single division in the MLB, except one.  In the National League Central, a .608 winning percentage is only good for second place.  That's right, the Cardinals are no longer the best team in baseball.   Now that title belongs to the Pirates.  Yes, the Pirates.

On Friday, Bartolo Colon tied a career high by winning his eighth consecutive start as the Oakland Athletics downed the Cardinals, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

The loss, combined with the Pirates win over the Brewers, put the Cardinals one game behind.  The Pirates' Andrew McCutchen finished 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI and Pittsburgh used a seven-run second inning to surge past the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-3, in the opener of a three- game set at PNC Park.

Starling Marte and Neil Walker both had two runs batted in while Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin each had an RBI for the Pirates, who have won a season- high seven straight, their longest win streak in nine years.

Gerrit Cole (4-0) had an effective outing, surrendering three runs on eight hits and three walks in six frames.

The Cardinals, making their second ever trip to Oakland, had been in first place in the NL Central since April 30 but now trail the surging Pirates by one game after losing five of their last six.

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