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October 9, 2013

Cards, Pirates’ Game 5 starters coming off stingy efforts

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ST. LOUIS —

Statistically, the series is almost dead even. The Pirates are batting .236 with 14 runs, while the Cardinals are hitting .192 with 15 runs.

Matheny said leadoff man Matt Carpenter, in a 1-for-15 slide with six strikeouts, has been trying too hard.

“Looks like he’s seeing the ball better,” Matheny said. “What he’s guilty of is carrying too much and feeling like he’s got to do something extra special.”

Alvarez has three homers and five RBIs for the Pirates, and NL MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen is batting .357. But leadoff man Starling Marte 1 for 15 and Neil Walker is hitless in 16 at-bats.

Hurdle said he wasn’t contemplating changes for Game 5.

“These men are both capable and they have done it in the past,” Hurdle said. “We have been pitched effectively in a couple different spots. I have every confidence that tomorrow night will be the night that they get going.”

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