Pittsburgh Pirates defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5

PITTSBURGH - After a one-run lead gets away in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa normally isn't in a big-picture mood.

But a 6-5 loss Sunday to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are not yet the record holders for the most consecutive losing seasons at 17, was "not deflating, at all, actually," La Russa said.

"We had a spirited game,'' he said. "We got ahead (twice). It's never difficult for me to give the other side credit. They had a great rally...