Cardinals aim to use Pirates series

Cardinals aim to use Pirates series to improve playoff position

The St. Louis Cardinals are in a stretch where they have an open door to not just further harden their hang on the National League Central lead

St. Louis goes from parting a four-game series at home against the base group in the National League, the Washington Nationals

The Cardinals (81-57), with an opportunity to take the series against the Nationals on Thursday, rather got directed 11-6

One brilliant side was catcher Yadier Molina, who homered two times

"He smells it, and he will pursue it," St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said

"Whenever in a circumstance like that, I simply attempt to resist the urge to panic," Contreras said

Contreras is 0-0 with a 7.50 Period in two games, one beginning, against St. Louis, the two trips happening this year

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