Posted September 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
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The Pittsburgh Pirates will take their quest for a winning season and resurgence in the NL Central race to Texas. Charlie Morton won't be going with them. The Pirates starter headed back to Pittsburgh on Sunday because of an injured left foot, leaving before the St. Louis Cardinals finished off their 9-2 romp for a three-game sweep. ''You have to put this behind you,'' right fielder Garrett Jones said. ''We kicked their butts at our place and they got us back here.'' Morton (7-4) was pulled after allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings. Manager Clint Hurdle said he didn't know the extent of the injury, and said it occurred when Morton was backing up a base. The Pirates arrived at Busch Stadium this weekend with a 1 1/2-game division lead and a chance to cement their first winning season since 1992. They left trailing the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games and still stuck on 81 victories after their fourth straight loss. Pittsburgh faces Rangers ace Yu Darvish start...
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