Ike Davis (right) crushed a no-doubter to right-center to give the Pirates the lead.
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Ike Davis belted a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates took down the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-2, on Tuesday.
Gaby Sanchez and Starling Marte hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the eighth against Seth Maness (5-3), who was in his firth inning of relief for St. Louis. After Clint Barmes lined to center for the second out in the inning, Davis came on and crushed a no-doubter to right-center to give the Pirates the lead.
Tony Watson (9-1) pitched two innings out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh to earn the win.
Russell Martin had three hits and Josh Harrison added a solo home run for the Pirates, who ended a brief two-game losing skid.
Stanton stating his NL MVP case
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Raise your hand if you had the Miami Marlins pegged as a possible National League playoff team at the start of the season.
Keep it raised if you still had them in that position following the loss of reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez in the beginning of May.
I'm guessing the group with their hands still up in the air is pretty slim, if anyone at all. Yet here we are...