Pittsburgh (58-61) at St. Louis (78-42)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Fri Aug 20, 2004
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The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in the majors. They’ve just had some trouble with the fourth-place Pittsburgh Pirates lately.

The Cardinals will try to end a four-game skid against the Pirates when the NL Central rivals play a day-night doubleheader at Busch Stadium.

Scott Rolen, a five-time Gold Glove winner at third base, committed two errors in Thursday’s series opener, including one that allowed the go-ahead run to score in the Cardinals’ 3-2, 10-inning loss.

With the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Rolen muffed pinch-hitter Jose Bautista’s sharp grounder to third, allowing Tike Redman to score. He also dropped a foul popup in the ninth.

The Cardinals, who have a 13-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the Central, had won three straight and 11 of 13 before dropping their last two. They fell to Cincinnati 5-4 on Wednesday.

The Pirates, who swept a three-game set against St. Louis from June 28-30, have beaten the Cardinals four straight for the first time since 1997, when they won five in a row against St. Louis from June 5 to July 6.

Pittsburgh hopes to get another strong start from Josh Fogg, who will start the first game Friday.

Fogg broke a seven-start winless streak Sunday in a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies. The 27-year-old right-hander allowed four hits while striking out five over six innings.

He had been 0-2 with a 3.44 ERA in his previous seven outings

“I was very pleased with his performance today,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Josh threw the ball very well. His velocity was as good as I’ve seen it since he’s been with the club.”

The Pirates have won five of six.

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J. Fogg PHI vs. D. Haren CHC
11-10 Record 3-3
4.64 ERA 4.50
82 K 32
66 BB 17
1.45 WHIP 1.35