Cardinals Pull Even with Pirates for Division Lead

Cardinals Pull Even with Pirates for Division Lead

Joe Kelly stays unbeaten as a full-time starter in 7-2 win over the Pirates.
(PITTSBURGH, Penn.) The Pirates reclaimed the lead in the NL Central Division on Saturday, but it was short-lived.

Behind the bats of Matt Holliday and Allen Craig and a strong outing from Joe Kelly, the Cardinals forced another tie with a 7-2 victory.

Kelly (7-3) pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out five as he stayed unbeaten since being named a full-time starter.

Craig and Holliday each drove in two runs while St. Louis (79-57) established an early lead Pittsburgh's Kris Johnson (0-2). Along with Craig's first RBI, Yadier Molinda's run-scoring single and Jon Jay's sacrifice fly put the Cardinals up 3-0 before the Pirates' first plate appearance.

St. Louis begins a four-game series in Cincinnati on Monday.

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