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PITTSBURGH -- Chad Kuhl could tell early he was off. The proof was out there in the open as the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie spent two innings against St. Louis on Monday watching his pitches miss the strike zone completely or get sent to the outer reaches of PNC Park.Just one of those games, Kuhl said. I know Ive had bullpens like that. Its part of being human. Youre not a robot. Just missing a lot.Same goes for his struggling team.Kuhl gave up three runs before giving way to four relievers who couldnt keep the Cardinals in check and the Pirates saw their losing streak hit seven in a 12-6 loss.A week ago Pittsburgh was well within striking distance of St. Louis for a playoff spot. Now the Pirates find themselves 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals after dropping below .500 (67-68) for the first time since July 2. Pittsburgh has been outscored 47-22 during its longest skid in two years.Were trying to figure ourselves out and get out of this and get back to playing baseball the way we want to play, shortstop Jordy Mercer said. We just have to keep going. Every day is a new day, a new start.Even if its felt a little too much like Groundhog Day of late. St. Louis pounded out 14 hits -- eight for extra bases -- against five pitchers and wasted little time getting to Kuhl (3-3), who has been steady if not spectacular since joining the rotation full-time a month ago. He was pulled after throwing just 30 of his 58 pitches for strikes in the shortest outing of his brief career.I think you saw a young man battling fatigue out there, manager Clint Hurdle said. He didnt have a lot.Andrew McCutchen hit his 20th homer of the season for Pittsburgh and Adam Frazier added a solo shot but by then it was far too late.Guys are showing up and playing, Hurdle said. Sometimes you just dont play as well as you need to play to win a game.Adam Wainwright drove in three runs and survived five occasionally bumpy innings to pick up his first victory since mid-July.Wainwright hit an RBI-double off Kuhl in the second and added a two-run single in the fourth as the Cardinals held on to the second wild card spot in the National League. Wainwright (10-8) allowed four runs and struck out five as his ERA rose to 4.61. He hardly needed to be sharp as the Cardinals battered Pittsburghs beleaguered pitching staff.Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams homered for St. Louis to extend the teams streak of games with at least one home run to a club-record 24.We needed that win, Wainwright said. We need every win that we can get coming down the stretch. Any part that I can play in that is a treat for me, a privilege.Wainwrights double to the wall in center field put the Cardinals in front and Stephen Piscottys two-run double later in the inning gave Wainwright an early cushion, one he flirted with giving away. Pittsburgh touched him for two runs in the bottom of the inning but Wainwright avoided major damage.Jeff Locke came on relief of Kuhl in the third and the Cardinals quickly went to work. Kolten Wongs RBI single against him made it 4-2 and Gyorko opened the fourth with a long home run down the left-field line for his 26th of the year.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: Piscotty left in the fifth inning after being hit in the wrist with a pitch but manager Mike Matheny said X-rays were negative. ... RHP Mike Leake will be ready to return on Wednesday after being out since Aug. 22 due to a bout with shingles.Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was taken out of the game after the fourth inning with discomfort in his left thumb. ... 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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ron Rivera stressed a few years ago that he wanted the Carolina Panthers to become relevant in the NFL.Put a big checkmark in that box.Behind NFL MVP Cam Newton, the Panthers have become a hot ticket in the Carolinas and neighboring states -- more so than ever. Following a third straight NFC South championship and a trip to the Super Bowl, fans are abuzz about the Panthers heading into 2016 season hoping the franchises first Vince Lombardi Trophy is close.The Panthers sold out all 60,000 tickets -- they were available for free online -- in a matter of hours for their annual Fan Fest practice, which was held Friday night at their downtown stadium.Yes, were talking about practice.This week the team shattered its yearly training camp attendance record at Wofford College -- and the camp isnt even half over. Through their first seven practices the Panthers attracted nearly 80,000 fans to their practice facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, about a 90-minute drive from their home base in Charlotte.When you have sustained success it creates more and more momentum, Panthers President Danny Morrison told The Associated Press. People around the country and certainly in the Carolinas have seen a very unselfish team -- a team that loves playing football. And we have a lot of unique individuals.Few are unique as Newton, one of the more excitable, confident and entertaining quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL.The sixth-year quarterback has become a polarizing figure to some who dont particularly enjoy his elaborate touchdown celebrations or the way he bolted off the podium after Carolinas 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. But hes become the most popular athlete the Charlotte area has ever known.Newton immediately captures the crowds attention when he steps on the field at Bank of America Stadium.Near the end of practice, he made like an orchestra conductor for the crowd as he led the wave. Moving his arms, he got fans to do it in slow motion, extra fast and backward. He even had the wave going in two different directions, all thhe while smiling from ear to ear.ddddddddddddFans responded to his energy with a chant of MVP.Nothing Cam can do surprises me anymore, said fullback Mike Tolbert with a laugh.Luke Kuechly is much more reserved than Newton, but no less loved in the Carolinas. When No. 59 makes was shown on the stadiums videoboards, the crowd roared Luuuuuuke!When you have individual stars like we have that only adds to the excitement around training camp, Morrison said.Rivera said the players have been overwhelmed by the amount of fan support this summer. The team drew more than 22,000 fans for its first night of practice at Wofford College as optimistic fans anticipate a return to the Super Bowl -- albeit with a different outcome.We love the support because it brings a lot of energy and the players feed off that energy, Rivera said. The tempo goes up and guys get really competitive.The teams support has steadily increased since 2013, when the Panthers won the first of its three straight NFC South titles. Before that, the Panthers had never been to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.My first year I came in here you could find a seat anywhere in the stands. Now its a packed house, so thats great, said fourth-year defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.Morrison said the metrics the team uses to measure its growth in popularity -- including social media, TV ratings and attendance -- suggest interest in the team is at an all-time high.Along with winning, Morrison also attributes the growing fan base to what he calls second generation fans.The Panthers entered the league as an expansion team in 1995, so it has taken some time to establish a fan base. But with the team headed into its 22nd season, many of the young fans who grew up watching the Panthers have now become adults and are raising their children as fans.Certainly that is making a big impact, Morrison said.---Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '