Wong, Holliday lead Cards over Pirates 5-4

Wong, Holliday lead Cards over Pirates 5-4

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ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 14: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores on a two-run double in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium on August 14, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Padres 4-3. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)


by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL


Posted on September 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 3:23 PM

(BaseballStL) -- With a one run lead in the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal entered the game with a try at tying Craig Kimbrel for the most saves in MLB at 41.

He faced the heart of the Pirates order in Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Russell Martin.

He got McCutchen to fly out to right field. He struck out Walker, but Matt Adams had trouble with a ground ball from Martin, giving the Pirates a base runner.

But Rosenthal struck our Gaby Sanchez to give the Cardinlas sole possession of first placae as the Bewers lost to the Cubs 4-2.

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In the seventh inning, the Cardinals hit their own home run on the day with a pinch hit from Kolten Wong.

With one out, Pete Kozma singled to put a runner on for Wong who drove the ball into the Redbirds bullpen to tie the game at 4.

The homer came off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole and it was the first time a Cardnals pinch hitter has hit a home run all season.

Jon Jay followed the homer with a triple of his own and the Cards are only a double away from hitting for the cycle in the seventh inning. Oscar Taveras walked to bring up slugger Matt Holliday. Mike Matheny opted to pinch run for Taveras with Peter Bourjos.

Then on a 3-1 pitch, Holliday drove an RBI single into left field for the Cardinals first lead of the afternoon and his 12th RBI in 3 games.

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In his first appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis, Kevin Siegrist gave up a long fly ball to the always deadly Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen was the first batter Siegrist faced and after letting the run to 3-1, the Pirates number 3 hitter launched the ball 454 feet off of Big Mac Land to give the Pirates an insurance run and extend their lead to 4-2.

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The Cardinals finally tacked on two runs in the third inning of the bat of Matt Holliday.

Lance Lynn matched Gerrit Cole by singling in the inning. Jon Jay popped out, but Oscar Taveras earned a walk to put runners on for Holliday.

Then Holliday drove a ball into the gap in right center to plate both Lynn and Taveras for a double. Those two RBI give Holliday 11 RBI in the past 3 games and 80 on the season.

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A rough first inning for Lance Lynn lead to an early 2-0 lead for the division rival Pirates with a big two RBI double from Neil Walker.

Josh Harrison started the inning with a single, but Lynn was about to get Andrew Lambo to fly out to short center.

Then a ground rule double later from Andrew McCutchen put runners on second and third with no one out and Walked blasted the double off the wall in right center. He then issued a free pass to Russell Martin.

Yadier Molina bailed his pitcher out by catching a foul pop up from Ike Davis for the second out of the inning and then Jon Jay made a spectacular catch as he sprinted toward the center field wall to rob Starling Marte of extra bases and another two RBI.

Things started better for Lynn in the second as he got Jordy Mercer to ground out, but he allowed a single to his counter part Gerrit Cole. Cole was erased on a fielder's choice, but the Cards were unable to get Josh Harrison on the double play.

Then working into a full count Lambo hit a ball of the right field wall to score Harrison and stretch the Buc's lead to 3-0