PITTSBURGH — The Cardinals, two innings removed from an injury that left a stadium stunned silent, conjured the first runs of the game and took one long stride toward securing a division title Monday.
Matt Carpenter scored on an error for the first run of the game, Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer and St. Louis beat the Pirates 3-0 to take a four-game lead in the NL Central.
The win was overshadowed by the injury to rookie Stephen Piscotty after he collided with Peter Bourjos in left-centerfield and collapsed. Bourjos waved frantically for trainers, anyone to come to the outfield.
While tracking down a fly ball for the first out of the seventh, Bourjos reached out and snagged the ball but ran into Piscotty. Bourjos' knee connected with the rookie's head, crumpling Piscotty's neck. When trainers and doctors from both sides of the game reached him, he was barely moving.
Piscotty was removed from the field by a cart. He was initially diagnosed with head contusion but was taken to a local hospital for further exams.