Pittsburgh Pirates defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates, having descended to their customary submerged spot of sixth place in the National League Central Division after eight consecutive losses, needed a win.

The Cardinals, who already had dropped five of their last eight, lost twice Tuesday night.

Not only did the Cardinals drop a 7-1 decision to the Pirates, but they almost certainly have lost right fielder and cleanup man Ryan Ludwick for a period of time, probably even the disabled lis...