PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates are convinced it was a preview of better things to come in what has been another terrible season. The St. Louis Cardinals prefer to think of it as a one-weekend anomaly that won't soon be repeated.
Paul Maholm pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings, Jason Bay and Joe Randa hit consecutive homers and the last-place Pirates finished off a three-game sweep of division leader St. Louis, beating the Cardinals, 7-0, Sunday.
"Every series we play right now is big," said Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, whose team was outscored, 17-3, in the series.
Asked what the Cardinals could take out of the weekend, Pujols said, "Nothing. What positives can you take out of a sweep? Nothing."