83
      Tuesday
      89 / 68
      Wednesday
      89 / 68
      Thursday
      90 / 69

      Another win for Joe Kelly as the Cardinals stop the Pirates

      Carlos Beltran had RBIs his first two at-bats to help chase A.J. Burnett early and Joe Kelly beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third straight time in a 12-8 rout Friday night that pulled the St. Louis Cardinals within a half-game of the NL Central leaders. Burnett (7-10) gave up five runs in three innings, his shortest outing of the year, and the Cardinals opened a seven-run seventh with nine straight hits off three relievers including Yadier Molina's three-run homer off Bryan Morris.

      The Pirates have lost two straight, both blowouts, and remain a win shy of clinching their first winning season since 1992. Kelly (8-3) has been the stopper lately for a struggling rotation, winning five straight starts.

      He's 8-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 11 appearances since getting the fifth spot in late June and then waiting 14 days because of off-days in the schedule to make that start.