Game Log: Cards win 5-2, close in on Brewers

Game Log: Cards win 5-2, close in on Brewers

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 9: Manager Mike Matheny #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals congratulates Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals after Wong hit a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on July 9, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

KMOV.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 11:13 AM

(BaseballStL) — Rosenthal opened things by walking Pedro Alvarez, making it 11 games in his last 19 that he's walked at least one. 

He bounced back to strike out Jody Mercer, and got Ike Davis to pop softly to short. Russell Martin pinch hit, and Rosenthal fell behind 2-0. On 3-1, Martin belted a ball to the wall in center but Bourjos, staying in the game on defense, went back to the wall, leapt, and brought it in for the final out. 

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Seth Maness handled duties in the eighth inning, setting the Pirates down in order using only 10 pitches. The Cardinals managed a man on in their half, but weren't able to move Matt Adams from first after his single. 

The music is starting to play, and Trevor Rosenthal is coming to the mound for the save. 

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Kolten Wong may be emerging as a power hitter, having belted two homers in as many nights.

With two outs in the seventh, the 5'9" lefty turned on a ball and parked it in the St. Louis bullpen, giving the Birds a 5-2 lead.

Peter Bourjos pinch hit next, roping a triple into the right center gap, but Matt Carpenter's broken bat grounder ended the outburst.  

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The scoring abruptly stopped for two innings, as both clubs failed to capitalize on runners. The Cardinals put men on in the fifth and sixth, but a double play and untimely groundouts killed both rallies. 

Lynn warded off two runners in the sixth, getting a double play before exiting. Randy Choate finished the inning with a ground out from Gregory Polanco, and the Cards came to the plate. 

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The Cards loaded the bases in the fourth with a walk and two singles after Kolten Wong led off with a line out to first. 

With Lance Lynn on first via a free pass, Carpenter laid down a bunt to third, reaching first easily. Oscar Taveras then scorched a ball down the right field line, but Ike Davis could only knock it down. With three men on, Matt Holliday looked to reach for the third time in the game. 

He smacked a single on the first pitch, scoring Lynn and knocking Cumpton out of the game.

Matt Adams popped out to short and Jhonny Peralta flew out in the track to right field to end the inning. 

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Pittsburgh kept it close, picking up another run in the fourth inning. Neil Walker hit a one out double, moved to third on a deep fly ball by Alvarez, and scored when Jody Mercer roped a sharp grounder to third. 

Matt Carpenter dove to make the play but landed awkwardly on this glove hand, appearing to injure his wrist in the process. He didn't make a throw, and was visited by the trainer and Mike Matheny. 

Carpenter stayed in the game, and Lynn walked Ike Davis to put two on for catcher Chris Stewart. The Pirates backstop pounded one in the dirt to third, testing Carpenter. The third baseman appeared to be fine, fielding it and tossing it over for the third out. 

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After an Oscar Taveras ground out, Matt Holliday worked an 11-pitch at bat which ended in a single off Brandon Cumpton. 

The at bat, which featured five straight foul balls before the single, pushed the Pirates starter to 49 pitches. 

Matt Adams promptly punched his second shot into left center for a single, and put men at the corners for Peralta. The Cardinal shortstop roped a double in the gap, driving in Holliday for his 40th RBI and leaving two on for the pinch-hitting Tony Cruz. 

He grounded to third, but reached when Pedro Alvarez threw home, catching Matt Adams in a rundown for the second out. Craig then struck out to end the inning. 

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Yadier Molina got the Cardinals back in the chase when he led off the second with a ground rule double. 

Allen Craig's grounder moved him to third, setting up Tuesday's hero Kolten Wong. The second baseman drew a walk, to put men on the corners for Lance Lynn with one out. The St. Louis hurler bunted to put two in scoring position, and Matt Carpenter came to the plate with a chance to open the lead. 

After a long at bat, he lined out to center, stranding two. 

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The Pirates got one back quickly in the second, when Neil Walker hit his 12th home run on the third pitch of the inning. 

The ball sailed into the Cardinal bull pen, pulling Pittsburgh within one. Lynn regrouped, striking out Pedro Alvarez and getting Jody Mercer to tap a ball in front of the plate.

He issued his first free pass to Ike Davis, walking him on the eighth pitch of the at bat, but struckout catcher Chris Stewart with a fastball on the corner to end the inning on 26 pitches. 

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Lance Lynn got to work early against the Pirates, setting the first three hitters down in order and striking out two. After 13 pitches the Cardinals were back in the dugout and ready to hit. 

They responded by jumping on Brandon Cumpton immediately. Matt Carpenter flared a single into left, and Matt Holliday drew a walk to follow Oscar Taveras’ pop up. 

Matt Adams continued his hot streak, doubling into left center and scoring both runners, but was cut down on a tremendous throw from Andrew McCutchen when he tried to take third. 

Jhonny Peralta went down on strikes to end the inning, but the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead. 

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