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My, oh my, Marte. Bucs lose tough one

Do you believe the Pirates are jinxed?

That thought has to be going through Bucco fans' minds after Tuesday night's 4-3 loss in 14 innings to the Cardinals.

That's the Pirates' fourth loss in a row.

The Pirates had the game locked up when Starling Marte got lazy and dropped a lazy fly to left.

It would have been the second out of the ninth inning.

The Cardinals tied it, thanks to Marte's error, and won it in the 14th, thanks in part to the Pirates' inability to score Andrew McCutchen from third base with no outs.

In the 14th, Clint Barmes couldn't handle a grounder by John Jay, who scored the winning run.

The Cards are now just two games behind the Pirates in the National League Central.

Let's get back to being jinxed.

You have to think that after going through the last two seasons.

It's hard to fathom the Pirates not getting to 82 wins this season.

After what's happened so far, just a winning season won't cut it.

The Pirates need to make the playoffs. Tuesday's loss was a setback.

Let's see how they respond before the sky starts falling.


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