Pittsburgh (19-21) at St. Louis (23-21)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed May 26, 2004
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With their struggles at home, perhaps a road trip will give the Pittsburgh Pirates a much-needed boost as they open a shortened two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Pirates, who had their third rainout in seven days with Tuesday’s scheduled series opener, split a shortened series with the Brewers after a 2-1 loss on Sunday. They fell 2-3 on their five-game homestand for a major-league worst 6-13 mark at home.

Pittsburgh went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Sunday, and is hitless in its last 27 at-bats in that situation.

“We’ve got to hit with runners in scoring position,” said Jack Wilson. “That’s been our Achilles’ heel for a while now.”

Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon agreed.

“It’s always frustrating to have them out there and not be able to get them in,” he said. “You’re not going to win games when you do that.”

The Pirates have been more successful away from PNC Park, going 13-9 to tie the Cardinals for the best road record in the league. They have a combined .298 batting average with 108 RBIs on the road compared to .258 with 61 runs driven in at home.

Craig Wilson, who hit his 10th homer of the season Sunday, is hitting .407 with six home runs and 22 of his 29 RBIs on the road this season.

The Cardinals dropped the last two of its three-game series at the Chicago Cubs with Sunday’s 4-3 defeat.

Albert Pujols hit a solo homer and Scott Rolen drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who had won eight of 11 before the slide.

The opener will be rescheduled during a four-game series in St. Louis from Aug. 19-22. The Cardinals opted not to try to play a doubleheader on Wednesday or Thursday, the final two days of a scheduled three-game series, because of a forecast for more rain.

Jeff Suppan, the Cardinals’ scheduled starter for Tuesday’s game, will be moved back to Thursday.

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