PITTSBURGH — Willie McGee singled home Vince Coleman with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help the first-place St. Louis Cardinals score a 3-1 victory and a doubleheader sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday.
In the first game, John Tudor won for the 18th time in his last 19 decisions as the Cardinals took advantage of seven Pittsburgh errors for an 8-4 victory.
The sweep put the Cardinals, winners of five straight games, 1 1/2 games ahead of the New York Mets in the National League East. The Mets played the Philadelphia Phillies in New York Monday night.
With the score tied 1-1 in the second game, Coleman led off the eighth with a double off Pat Clements, 0-2, and scored when McGee punched a single through the right side. Terry Pendleton's run-scoring single gave the Cardinals an insurance run.