Game Log: Card top Pirates 6-4, retain division lead -

Game Log: Card top Pirates 6-4, retain division lead

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Busch Stadium By Bryce Moore Busch Stadium By Bryce Moore

ST. LOUIS — After six scoreless outs from Seth Maness, the Cardinals turned to Pat Neshek for the save. 

The All Star setup man mowed down the Pirates getting a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win. 

The Cardinals will sit atop the division alone for another day, with Milwaukee losing in Chicago. 

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Jhonny Peralta gave the Cardinals a cushion in the seventh inning, leading off with his 35th double of the year. 

He moved to third on a ground out from Matt Adams, then scored when reliever John Axford let go of a wild pitch. 

St. Louis would not have another baserunner in the inning, but they took a 6-4 lead into the eighth. 

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The Pirates would not go without a fright, drawing to within one run in the seventh inning. 

Wainwright issued his only walk of the day to Ike Davis to start the inning, and gave up his third homer one hitter later. 

Starling Marte picked up his 10th jack of the season on a 2-1 pitch, sending a hanging cutter into Big Mac Land. 

It was the first time since 2010 Wainwright allowed three homers in a game. 

Seth Maness came in to shepherd the Cardinals through the seventh, getting three quick outs. 

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Jeff Locke pitched himself right into trouble again in the fourth, walking the first to Redbird hitters he saw in Yadier Molina and Daniel Descalso. 

Peter Bourjos picked up his second hit, a sing down the left field line that score Molina from second. The catcher barely beat the throw, using his previously injured right hand to tough home before the tag. Bourjos took second on the play. 

Adam Wainwright pushed Locke from the game next with a two-RBI single into center, and the Cardinals lead 5-2. 

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Randal Grichuk made a run-saving catch in the fourth, going parallel to the ground along the right field line on a liner from Starling Marte. 

With two out, Ike Davis had reached on a single into right. Marte stood in and shot a ball down the line toward where the wall juts out. Grichuk came sprinting in, leapt and snared the ball before it hit the ground, saving a run. 

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The lead didn’t last long, as Jordy Mercer launched his ninth homer of the season on the fourth pitch of the third inning. 

Like Martin, Mercer has two of his season homers against the Cardinals. With the game tied 2-2, Wainwright struck out Locke and got Harrison to ground to third. Andrew Lambo singled, but McCutchen flew out for the second time. 

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The Cardinals answered Martin’s solo shot in their half of the inning, plating ____

Daniel Descalso drew a walk from Locke to lead off the inning, the third free pass he issued. Peter Bourjos singled to put two aboard, then both men moved up a station on a passed ball while Wainwright was attempting to bunt. 

The pitcher eventually grounded to short, allowing Descalso to score to tie the game at 1-1. 

With one out and Bourjos at third, Matt Carpenter lofted the seventh pitch he saw into right field. 

Andrew Lambo came in on the ball and uncorked a throw to the plate, but the Cardinal speedster beat the play, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. 

Randal Grichuk ended the inning with a strikeout.

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Russell Martin got the scoring going in the second, launching his eighth homer of the season with one out. 

It’s the second homer he has hit off the Cardinals in 2014, making St. Louis the victim of 25 percent of all long balls off his bat. 

The inning would close with a fly ball and a groundout, but the Bucs claimed first blood and lead 1-0. 

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The Cardinals left a massive opportunity on the the table in the first, loading the bases without scoring. 

After Matt Carpenter grounded out, Randal Grichuk missed a homer by about three feet down the left field line. The laser flew just foul of the pole and he would have to settle for a single to right.

Jeff Locke would walk the next two batters, leaving the sacks jammed for Matt Adams. The big lefty would pop the first pitch up to the catcher, leaving things up to Yadier Molina. 

The catcher, who was hitting .300 with the bases loaded, would pop out to second to strand three. 

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Adam Wainwright moved through the Pirates lineup in the first with a little help from his manager. 

After Josh Harrison led off with single, Andrew Lambo grounded to Daniel Descalso at second base. The utility man flipped to Jhonny Peralta at the bag, and he threw to first for a 4-6-3 double play. The umpire called Lambo safe at the bag, but Mike Matheny came out immediately to challenge. 


After a very brief review, the call was reversed and the Birds had two outs. Andrew McCutchen flew out to left next to end the inning. 

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