Cardinals overcome four errors, fits of walks for 6-5 victory vs. Pirates in Game 1

PITTSBURGH — The two cornerstones of the Cardinals’ season have been pitching and defense. The Cardinals have boasted one of the top-five pitching staffs and rotations for much of the season despite a carousel of contributors, and their defense has ranked tops in the majors despite playing fewer games than any other team in those majors. The two legs of this three-legged stool have been able to support it even when the third leg, offense, comes up short.The Cardinals needed the lineup to carry them for at least a game.The Cardinals committed four errors, including a catcher’s interference with…

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