St. Louis entered Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh with a magic number of two, and that number remained two after an ugly 8-2 afternoon loss to Gerrit Cole and the second-place Pirates.
But it looks like there may be a division-clinching ceremony in the visitors clubhouse following the nightcap.
Jhonny Peralta and Matt Adams both drove in runs off Game 2 starter Charlie Morton in the top of the first inning to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. St. Louis then loaded the bases off Morton with no outs in top of the third, and Jason Heyward promptly obliterated this delivery from reliever Bobby LaFromboise …
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Start the countdown now. This would be the third straight division title for the Cardinals.