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Cardinals' Hudson Leaves Start Because Of Elbow Tightness

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

St. Louis Cardinals righthander Dakota Hudson left his start Thursday night after two innings because of right elbow tightness.

PITTSBURGH: 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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