(BaseballStL) – For the second straight game, the Cardinals needed late inning heroics to come back from one run down. However, the Cards didn’t get the heroics from the middle of the line-up, but rather with Shane Robinson, Jon Jay and AJ Pierzynski.
Pierzynski went 2 for 3 with a walk Tuesday night against the club that cut him just within the last month, but it was the run he scored that counted the most.
The Cardinals took the lead in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Matt Adams to score Matt Holliday. But the Red Sox came back in the top half of the fifth inning to tie the game. The Red Sox grabbed another run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead.
But the Redbirds stormed back in the seventh inning when pinch hitter Robinson took a two-out walk after working the count full. Kolten Wong singled into center, allowing the speedy Robinson to attempt scoring from second.
Robinson slid to the outside of home plate, head first while avoiding the tag from the catcher and sneaking his hand onto the back of the plate and tying the game at two.
“He gave me an open lane. I kind of saw him reach out for it. I saw [Matt] Holliday give me the sign to get down,” Robinson explained, “With the angle he was going out for the ball, that he gave me, I thought the best slide was a head first slide, just get my hand in there as soon as I could. Not really slowing down, going feet first in there, giving the umpire any chance to call me out.”
Again with two outs, the Cardinals scored once more as Pierzynski started the hit parade with a single against former teammate Junichi Tazawa.
“I know having caught [Tazawa] all year, he’s got really good stuff,” Pierzynski said, “I was just hoping he would make a mistake. He threw me three mistakes the first three pitches and the one good pitch he threw me I hit, which is kind of funny.”
Another single from Oscar Taveras move Pierzynski all the way to third to set-up the game winning run on yet another single, this time from Jon Jay. Jay is batting .317 in interleague games and Tuesday’s RBI was his 21st career game winning RBI.
“I haven’t seen him do that – give up three hits in a row,” Pierzynski continued, “I don’t think he did that all year, especially with two outs.”
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3, so the Cardinals remain 1.0 game back.