Tough loss in St. Louis Wednesday for the first place Cubs, but it's always nice to win a series against the Cardinals.
The Pirates lost late Tuesday night to the Padres, dropping the magic number by one.
The Cubs start a four-game set Thursday against the Reds at the other Great American Ballpark.
NL Central Standings
Team W L PCT GB
Cubs 11 4 .733 --
Reds 8 7 .533 3.0
Cards 8 7 .533 3.0