Jameson Taillon gave the Pirates seven solid frames, but the pen could not cross the finish line on Wednesday, dropping a second straight game against the Cardinals in a 5-4 deal.
The Pirates took a 3-1 lead in the eighth, but the Cardinals tied the game on a two-point Harrison Bader circuit before attacking two others in the 10th against Nick Burdi (0-1).
This was the last example of fragile office work in early 2019. Up until now, pirate relief companies have allocated 11 points in 14 rounds.
"When guys come in and out, it always looks good," said Clint Hurdle. "When they do not, it does not look good."
Bull-roll defects have spoiled Taillon's debut at home. Taillon allowed three hits and one point in his seven innings, eliminating five hits and not placing a batter. His only fault was a house run by Paul DeJong to open the seventh inning.
"Similar to Cincinnati," said Taillon, referring to his last outing. "I just told myself that I will give up and that will not happen again."
Taillon followed the circuit with an exit, an exit and a withdrawal to try to finish his night.
The infield offered the early offense, while Erik Gonzalez led a race for a triple goal before scoring on a bloop from Adam Frazier. Jung-Ho Kang pushed his head to three with a third end at home.
The Pirates loaded the bases on 10 and, while J.B. Shuck managed a free pass to make it a 5-4 match, Erik Gonzalez and Pablo Reyes failed to equalize.
John Gant (2-0) won and Dakota Hudson saved (1) for the Cardinals.
Felipe Vazquez, closer, was only available for a backup situation, according to Hurdle.
"51 fields in two days," said Hurdle, referring to the Vazquez outings on Sunday and Monday. "One day off."
On the bridge
The Pirates will host the Reds at PNC Park for a four-game game starting Thursday at 7:05 pm Jordan Lyles will be activated on the 10-day wounded list and will make his Pirates debut against Tyler Mahle.
1. Kang's home run had a pitch angle of 40 degrees. This is the eleventh home race that the Pirates won with such a launch in the Statcast era (2015). Kang has the most in this period with three.
2. The hackers went 1-14 with RISP.
3. It's been 914 days since Kang's last round in the major leagues.