Carpenter was roughed up for six earned runs on nine hits in just five innings. The offense managed a meager total of six singles and a double on the day against three Pittsburgh hurlers. Starter Brad Lincoln carved up the Cardinals on just 78 pitches over six innings for his first win of the season and second of his career.
The loss ended a modest two-game winning streak for the Cardinals. Up 2-1 in the four-game set, St. Louis must win Sunday to avoid not winning its fourth consecutive series, all against teams with overall losing records.
The Cardinals are just 34-31 at Busch Stadium this season. St. Louis has dropped to a new season low - 10 ½ games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central Division race. They are also 10 games back for the Wild Card.