On Tuesday, the Cardinals scored ten runs in one inning for a 13-5 blow out in Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, the Pirates returned the favor by scoring ten in the fifth inning and shellacking the Cardinals 14-0. Reggie Sanders hit two homers that inning and drove in four runs on the night. St. Louis had no answer for Jeff D’Amico, who tossed a complete game, three-hit shut out. Garrett Stephenson was charged with five runs and allowed four home runs. Reliever Jason Pearson surrendered seven tallies and saw his ERA explode to 63.00. The Cardinals dropped back to third place as the Cubs topped the Astros 12-4. Houston still has the lead in the National League Central and Chicago trails by a half-game. The Cardinals are one game out of first.