Pirates a step closer to reaching NLCS

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Pirates a step closer to reaching NLCS

The wild-card Pittsburgh Pirates beat top seeds St. Louis, 5-3, on Sunday to move within one victory of reaching the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

The Pirates, playing in the postseason for the first time in 21 years, rewarded their success-starved fans at rocking PNC Park by taking a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five National League Division Series. The Pirates can clinch a berth in the best-of-seven NLCS when they host Game 4 on Monday.

St. Louis tied the taut contest 3-3 on a home run by slugger Carlos Beltran in the eighth inning. The blast was Beltran’s 16th career home run in the postseason. But Pittsburgh came right back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles by Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin.


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