Liberatore’s five scoreless innings lead Cardinals to Game 1 win against error-prone Pirates

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals had their full complement of late-game relievers to cement a victory with a score that should not have been that close in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh. How they got to there proved just as valuable. Rookie Matthew Liberatore, up from Class AAA Memphis for a one-game engagement, pitched five superb and scoreless innings to steer the Cardinals toward a 3-1 victory Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. The line echoed Liberatore’s previous top start — five scoreless innings against Milwaukee — but within it there were clear signs of improvement. The lefty st…

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