PITTSBURGH (AP)St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson left his start Thursday night after two innings because of right elbow tightness.
Hudson did not allow a run while walking two and giving up one hit against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts this season.
The Cardinals entered the night percentage points behind the Cincinnati Reds for second place in the NL Central, 5 + games behind the Chicago Cubs. The top two finishers in each division advance to the expanded postseason this year, along with two wild cards.
Hudson was replaced by left-hander Austin Gomber with St. Louis leading 1-0.
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