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Saturday, May 10th
(All times Eastern)
St. Louis Cardinals (18-18) at Pittsburgh Pirates (15-20), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: St. Louis - Lance Lynn (4-1, 3.51)
Pittsburgh - Edinson Volquez (1-3, 4.19)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez hopes to avoid a fourth straight losing
start on Saturday evening as he gets the call for the Pittsburgh Pirates in
the middle contest of a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
After allowing just six earned runs over his first five starts, Volquez has
allowed 12 runs in back-to-back outings.
The first came in St. Louis, a 7-0 loss in which he lasted 5 2/3 innings, and
the righty followed up by giving up six runs, seven hits and two homers for a
second straight start, falling 7-2 to Toronto on Sunday. Volquez fell to 1-3
and his earned run average has gone from 1.93 following a loss to Cincinnati
on April 22 to 4.19 after his most recent outing.
Volquez's setback to the Cardinals in late April dropped the 30-year-old to
3-6 against them lifetime with a 5.56 ERA in 12 starts.
The Cardinals turn to Lance Lynn, who is winless in three starts since opening
the season 4-0.
The right-hander has followed up a loss to the New York Mets on April 24 with
consecutive no-decisions and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks
over six innings on Sunday at the Chicago Cubs. Lynn also struck out five in a
game his club won 5-4.
Lynn, who turns 27 on Monday, is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA on the season and 4-2
lifetime when facing the Pirates, posting a 5.03 ERA in 11 games (9 starts).
The Pirates took Friday's opener 6-4 thanks to Neil Walker's go-ahead, three-
run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. His seventh home run of the
season came after the Cardinals got a solo shot from Jhonny Peralta in the top
of the frame to go up by a run.
Walker had three hits and drove in four runs, while Ike Davis had a pair of
RBI in Pittsburgh's season-high third straight win.
"Any comeback win is important," said Walker. "Our goal right now is to win a
series, that's the most important thing."
Allen Craig ripped a three-run homer for the Cardinals, who came in having won
three of four but went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left
eight men on base.
Craig, who did not start on Wednesday due to a slump, hit his fourth homer of
the campaign. He had just two hits in his previous 21 at-bats before the home
"(Craig's) not that far off," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "(He) had a
couple of hits today and hopefully it is something that will carry into
The Pirates have won four of the seven meetings this season, also taking two
of three at home from April 4-6.
05/10 10:32:05 ET