The St. Louis Cardinals' offense is back in one of those rough patches. They need to be out of this rut soon.
''There's nothing wrong with us getting a couple of hits early,'' manager Mike Matheny said after the Seattle Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Saturday night. ''There's nothing wrong with getting a couple of runs.''
Rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings, quieting a near-sellout crowd of 41,374, and the Cardinals dropped into a first-place tie in the NL Central.
''I was really just kind of locked in on the catcher, I didn't really hear the crowd much,'' Paxton said. ''I kind of noticed how many people were there after they took me out of the game.
''I said to somebody, `Wow, there's a lot of people here.'''
The Cardinals totaled 26 runs while sweeping the Pirates to regain the Central lead at the start of a nine-game homestand. They've scored three runs in two games against the Mariners and leadoff man Matt Carpenter tho...