Despite losing 11-0 to the Reds, the Cardinals continue to see the magic number trimmed during this rough stretch. Pittsburgh continues to struggle against division opponents, losing to Milwaukee 6-4 in 13 innings
The Royals and Twins were idle on Thursday night. The Royals are in Baltimore this weekend, facing the Orioles who are coming off two wins over the Yankees. The Twins continue their road trip at Chicago to face the White Sox.
The magic number is determined by taking 163 and subtracting the number of wins for the Cardinals (or Royals) and subtracting the number of losses for the Pirates (and Twins) respectively.