The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1½-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season since 1992. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1½ games and still stuck on 81 victories.
Carl Edwards beat out Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman in Saturday's race.
Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night.
Kansas City led 6-5 in the ninth inning before Raul Ibanez homered off Greg Holland into the Mariners' bullpen with two outs to tie the score. It was Holland's first blown save since May 6 to end his streak of 31 consecutive saves.
The Cardinals' 16-inning game finally ended with Matt Adams hit a home run.
The Royals used eight pitchers, tying a club record for a nine-inning game, in their 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
The Reds recovered from a 16-inning loss by overpowering the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Thursday night, taking three of four in their final series of the season.
The Kansas City Chiefs had offensive tackle Eric Fisher rated No. 1 on their draft board. The Jacksonville Jaguars had fellow offensive tackle Luke Joeckel rated first on their board.
Both of the teams got what they wanted in April.
The St. Louis Rams expect to have a much more dangerous offense given Sam Bradford's familiarity with the system in year two with coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Plus, they've got Tavon Austin, Jared Cook and Jake Long now.
Kansas City survived after blowing a three-run lead to beat Seattle 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals were shut out for the third time in their last six games. By taking the first two in the four-game series, the Reds snapped the Cardinals' streak of winning seven straight series between the NL Central rivals.
Danny Duffy allowed one run on five hits and four walks, while striking out four before being replaced by Will Smith.
The Reds quickly got to Adam Wainwright. Shin-Soo Choo opened the first with a single and scored on Ryan Ludwick's two-out single.
Blaine Gabbert threw passes in practice Monday and after suffering a hairline fracture of the thumb on his throwing hand in the team's second preseason game against the New York Jets.
The Kansas City Chiefs claimed seven players off waivers in preparation for the upcoming season. The Chiefs open the season Sunday at Jacksonville.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison died Sunday night. Morrison was suspected to have contracted the HIV virus in the mid 90s but denied it ever since.
After the offense went silent in a three-game losing streak, the St. Louis Cardinals' bats broke out Sunday in a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought them back into a tie for first place in the NL Central.
Starting pitcher James Shields got the Royals off to a good start in September, allowing three hits in seven innings as the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Sunday.
After former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli failed in his goal of "finding the right 53" last season, new general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are confident they made the right cuts when they trimmed their roster to 52 players Saturday.