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Not only are the Pirates’ hopes of catching the St. Louis Cardinals starting to fade but they no longer seem to be a lock to, at the very least, host the National League wild card game for a third consecutive year.

The Pirates wound up losing three of four to the Cubs in the pivotal series that concluded Thursday afternoon with a 9-6 victory by Chicago at PNC Park.

The Pirates had their lead over the Cubs for the first NL wild card sliced to just two games. Furthermore, Chicago beat the Pirates for the 10th time in 16 meetings this year to clinch the season series and assure itself of hosting the winner-take-all wild card at Wrigley Field in the event the teams finish the regular season tied.

If losing three of four to the Cubs on their home field wasn’t bad enough, rookie infielder Jung Ho Kang left the game in the top of the first inning with a torn medial collateral ligament and broken tibia, according to a team source.

Playing shortstop, Kang was slid into by Chris Coghlan in an unsuccessful attempt to break up a double play.

All of the bad news left the Pirates in a somber mood at the end of a gorgeous late-summer afternoon on the North Shore.

“Anytime you play a team 19 times in a season, you start to — not dislike the people, you start to, competitively, you don’t want anybody to get hits on the other side, you don’t want anybody to do well against you,” Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. “The last thing you want is for somebody from your side to get hurt.

“We got beat in several aspects of the game all week. They outplayed us, then the icing on the cake Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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