Game Log: Pirates roll over Cardinals 9-1, take series finale

Game Log: Pirates roll over Cardinals 9-1, take series finale

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 10 at 9:22 PM

(BaseballStL) — Oscar began the ninth with a line out to the right field wall, run down by fellow prospect Gregory Polanco. 

Peter Bourjos in for Holliday, singled into right center, and pinch hitting Audry Perez walked. 

All drama was removed, however, when Jhonny Peralta hit into a game-ending double play. 

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The Pirates added one run for good measure in the ninth, a solo shot from Russell Martin off Jason Motte. 

It was Martin's fifth of the year, and pushed the advantage to 9-1 going into the final three outs. 

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The onslaught halted for two innings in the seventh and eighth, as Lyons was able to regain control. 

Three Pirates reached base, but none scored as Matt Adams performed an unassisted double play to end one inning and McCutchen grounded out to finish the next. 

The Cardinals continued to flounder at the plate going down in order both innings. Jhonny Peralta managed a single in the eighth but was quickly neutralized with a double play. 

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After a scoreless bottom of the fifth, Miller exited and handed things over to Tyler Lyons. It was the sixth start of the season Miller went five innings or less. 

Chaos st in from the first play, as a soft ball back to Lyons ended up with Pedro Alvarez on first. The pitcher's throw came in fast and low, and Adams was unable to hold on. Next, a double play ball from Mercer back to Lyons ended up with everyone safe when the throw sailed wide. Kolten Wong backed it up but was unable to get anyone out. 

Next, Volquez popped up a bunt, but Matt Carpenter let it drop in front of him. He picked it up, turned and threw to second, but there was no one standing at the bag. The ball went into center field, where a streaking Jon Jay caught it on a bounce, and beat Mercer in a foot race to second base. 

Gregory Polanco drew a walk to load the bases, and Josh Harrison broke things open with a ball in the left center gap. Jay ran full tilt about 200 feet, but could not get there in time and the ball bounced into the stands for a ground rule double scoring two. 

A passed ball followed in McCutchen's at bat, scoring Polanco from third and moving Harrison 90 feet from home. He scored when the Bucs' center fielder hit a deep sac fly into center. 

The inning mercifully came to a close when Neil Walker popped out to second base. All told, the Pirates scored four runs on two hits and now lead 8-1.

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Miller got himself in trouble in the fifth inning, walking the Jody Mercer to begin the inning. 

After Volquez bunted him over, Polanco walked to put two on. Josh Harrison flew out to center, allowing Mercer to tag to third, and McCutchen followed with an RBI single to right. 

Neil Walker kept the train rolling, driving a ball into the right center gap. Oscar Taveras took a circuitous route, and was unable to bring it in. The double one-hopped the wall, scoring Polanco and Harrison, giving the Pirates a 4-1 lead. 

The trouble started up again when Russell Martin drew a walk, but Ike Davis ended things with a pop up to short. 

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After Miller's second 1-2-3 inning in a row, the Cardinals got right back to work. 

First Matt Holliday led things off with a single to right, the Matt Adams lofted a ball into shallow left to beat the shift. 

With two on, Peralta drove a ball to the gap, which Gregory Polanco ran down. Holiday moved to third, and Adams stayed at first as Jon Jay stepped in. 

Unfortunately Jay rolled over a ball and ended things with a 4-6-3 double play before the Birds could score. 

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Kolten Wong continued his hot week, reaching and scoring to tie the game in the third. 

After laying down a bunt for a hit, the speedy second baseman stole the next bag with Shelby Miller at the plate. It's his team-leading 11th steal in 12 attempts. 

Miller laid down a perfect bunt with the corner infielders charging hard, and moved Wong to third for Matt Carpenter. 

The leadoff man drove a ball into center, and Wong tagged and scored to even things up. 

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Both teams got men on in the second, and neither could bring them home. 

For the Pirates, Pedro Alvarez led off with a double. Third base was his final destination as the next three Bucs went down in order, with Edinson Volquez sacrifizing to move the third baseman up a station. 

Jhonny Peralta led off with a walk, but was caught stealing when Jon Jay struck out for a quick momentum change. 

Tony Cruz took a called third and ended the inning without action.

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After Matt Carpenter begin the bottom half with a single, the Cardinals went down in order. 

Oscar Taveras went down on strikes in a six-pitch at bat, and Matt Holliday and Matt Adams both flew out softly to center field. 

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The Pirates jumped on the Molina-less Cardinals in the opening inning Thursday, scoring a run with two outs. 

After a pair of pop ups, Andrew McCutchen singled and stole second, followed by a Neil Walker walk. With Russel Martin in the box, McCutchen took third with a second steal. 

It’s a familiar sight to see runners in motion with Shelby Miller on the mound. Even Molina wasn’t able to throw base stealers out when the 23-year-old was pitching. 

Martin punched a single through the infield, scoring McCutchen before Ike Davis flew out to center to end the inning. 

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