Recap: St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh

 

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St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kolten Wong opened the scoring with a two- run double and ended the game with a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Wong belted a 3-2 pitch from Ernesto Frieri (1-1) over the wall in right field to give the Cardinals their second straight walkoff win. Matt Adams was the hero on Monday with a two-run homer in the ninth.

Matt Holliday doubled home two runs for the Cardinals, who have won five of their last seven. Wong's blast made a winner of Trevor Rosenthal (1-4), who worked around a hit and a walk in the top of the ninth.

Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers for Pittsburgh, which had won three straight before suffering heartbreaking defeats each of the last two nights.

Vance Worley started for the Pirates and surrendered four runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in five innings. Carlos Martinez went the first six innings for St. Louis and yielded four runs on eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the second with a two-out rally. Worley retired the first five batters he faced, but Jhonny Peralta stroked a two-out single and went to third on a base hit by Oscar Taveras. Wong followed with a drive to the gap in right-center field for a two-run double.

Pittsburgh put two on with two outs in the third, but Neil Walker flied to center. The Pirates, though, tied it in the fourth on Alvarez's 100th career homer. Ike Davis drew a walk in front of Alvarez, who drilled a pitch over the wall in right-center field for his 14th home run of the season.

McCutchen gave the Pirates the lead in the fifth with his 14th homer of the year. He crushed a shot over the wall in right field that also scored Gregory Polanco, who led off the inning with his third single of the game.

Walker followed McCutchen's blast with a triple, but was picked off third on a sharp throw from catcher Yadier Molina. The play was reviewed and upheld.

St. Louis responded immediately with two in the bottom of the inning to tie it. Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay each singled with one out and both scored on a double to left-center by Holliday.

The Pirates had an opportunity against Rosenthal in the ninth when Jordy Mercer singled with one out and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison followed with a walk. Polanco then flied to shallow center and Starling Marte went down swinging.

Pittsburgh finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position after an 0-for-10 performance in Monday's 2-0 loss.

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