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Matheny unsuccessful in early challenge vs. Bucs

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny unsuccessfully used a challenge early on Wednesday, when he contended in the first inning that first baseman Matt Adams was safe at third with a triple.

With two runners on and one out, Adams cleared the bases with a hit to center to give the Cardinals a two-run lead. He tried for his fourth triple of the season after rounding second but was thrown out at third by Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

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Matheny quickly emerged from the dugout, suggesting that third baseman Pedro Alvarez had missed the tag. But after a 55-second review, the call was confirmed, sending Matheny to 2-12 on challenges this season.

Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for

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