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Jonathan Broxton

Cardinals inch closer to NL Central title, top Pirates 3-0

The celebration the St. Louis Cardinals have been chasing all year is closer than ever. One sobering moment on Monday night, however, provided a harsh reality check. The Cardinals drew closer to a third straight NL Central title on Monday night with a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a triumph dimmed by a frightening collision between outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Peter Bourjos in the seventh that ended with Piscotty in the hospital. Piscotty and Bourjos were tracking a fly ball to the gap in left-center by Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison when Bourjos' left knee slammed into a diving Piscotty's head. Bourjos made the catch while his rookie teammate lay motionless on...