(BaseballStL) — Pierzynski's homer was the lone spot of offense for the Cardinals, as they went quietly into the Chesapeake Bay night.
They were outhit 14-5, striking out eight times.
Cardinal pitchers gave up six homers, the first time they had surrendered that many in a game since 2003.
A 1-2-3 ninth brought the night to a merciful close, and the Cardinals fall to 61-53 on the season.
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The Cardinals finally got on the board, it fitting with the theme of the night, it came on a long ball.
After Tony Cruz drew a one-out walk, Oscar Taveras popped out to third base. A.J. Pierzynski finally broke the goose egg when he crushed a homer to right field to give the Cardinals two runs and push Chris Tillman from the game.
Tillman allowed four hits and struck out seven in 6.2 innings.
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It's not the All Star break, but Camden Yards is playing host to a one-sided home run derby. The Orioles have pounded six out of the park, pushing their lead to 12-0.
The first of two homers in the sixth came off the bat of Chris Davis, his 20th, making it five innings in a row in which the O's have scored.
Sam Freeman surrendered Davis' blast, relieving Nick Greenwood after he stepped in for Justin Masterson.
JJ Hardy, who already homered twice Friday, was walked next. The Big Orange Machine was on overdrive however, and it didn't seem to matter who was at the plate.
Ryan Flaherty stepped in and hit the second pitch out of the park for a two-run shot. It was his his fifth of the season and made the run deficit a gruesome dozen.
Freeman gave up two singles matched by two pop outs, but then hid Adam Jones to load the bases. Thankfully for the scoreboard operators, he struck out Nelson Cruz with the bases loaded to end the inning.
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Another inning, another run for the Orioles. This time, Adam Jones joined the home run list, hammering a two out change up into the stands in left field.
It was his 22nd of the season, and the fourth bomb the Cardinals have surrendered in the game.
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The Cardinals are taking a beating in Baltimore, as the Orioles piled on in the fourth.
After escaping a jam in the third inning, Nick Greenwood put the firs two men on with a walk and a single.
After a groundout J.J. Hardy roped another homer, his second of the game, to put St. Louis in an 8-0 hole.
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Masterson lasted only four more hitters, getting no outs in the third and exiting after the O’s pumped another homer.
Hardy led off the inning with his fifth blast, then Ryan Flaherty was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved him to second, then David Lough joined him on the bases with a walk.
Nick Hundley singled next, pushing Masterson from the game with no outs in the third. He exited having thrown 61 pitches, striking out two and walking three. Nine of the 18 batters he faces ended up in scoring position.
Nick Greenwood came on to pull out a miracle, getting a double play on his first batter on a comebacker on the ground. He then got Machado to do the same for the third out.
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Trouble wasn’t dodged so easily in the second, when the Orioles jumped ahead of the Cardinals 4-0.
A single, a sacrifice and another single made the score 1-0 Baltimore. The top of the lineup got a second turn, and Markakis walked to put two on for Machado.
Having worn a pitch in the previous at bat, the O’s third baseman expressed his displeasure by hammering a pitch over the wall and into the bullpen for a three run shot.
His 12th bomb put the Birds down 4-0 and though Masterson escaped without more, the Cardinal offense continues to get mowed down. Only Matt Adams has a hit, a double in the second inning.
Justin Masterson pitching himself into a mess, then pitched himself right back out of it in the first.
After giving up a leadoff single to Nick Markakis, the loose-armed righty plunked Manna Machado to put two on.
Adam Jones singled to load the bases with no outs and the Cardinals looked to be in serious trouble. The Orioles are 45-10 when they score first and with no vacancies on the bases, things looked dire.
Masterson regrouped to strike out Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis, then got J.J. Hardy to ground to third for the final out.
All told, the 29-year-old walked off having given up two hits, a hit batsman, fanning two and surrendering no runs.