National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at St. Louis|
(Tuesday, May 1st)
Final Score: St. Louis 10, Pittsburgh 7
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Freese blasted the go-ahead three-run
homer during a four-run fifth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals downed the
Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-7, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.
Matt Holliday cracked a solo homer among his three hits, Yadier Molina added a
pair of hits and scored three times and Rafael Furcal contributed a two-run
homer, while Allen Craig added an RBI single for the Cardinals, who took two-
of-three from the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend.
Adam Wainwright (1-3) gave up four runs on five hits and one walk while
fanning six over seven innings. Jason Motte worked a scoreless ninth to earn
his fourth save of the season.
"I thought he did a nice job," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of his
starter's effort. "He made some quality pitches when he needed to and his
offense picked him up tonight."
Jose Tabata crushed a two-run homer, Pedro Alvarez smacked a two-run home run
and added an RBI single, and Garrett Jones finished 1-for-4 with two RBI and a
run scored for the Pirates.
Charlie Morton (1-2) was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits
and two walks while fanning five in 4 1/3 innings.
With the game tied at two, the Cardinals took the lead for good in the fifth.
Holliday stroked a one-out single and Carlos Beltran followed with a walk
before Freese squared up a fastball from Morton and sent it over the left-
center field wall. Craig added an RBI base hit up the middle to make it 6-2.
Holliday belted a slider off Jared Hughes over the wall in left in the sixth
to make it 7-2, but the Pirates answered with a pair of runs in the seventh
when Alvarez banged a cutter deep into the seats in right to cut the deficit
to 7-4. Neil Walker also scored on the blast.
St. Louis added three more runs in the home seventh. Molina began the rally by
reaching on an error by Alvarez and Craig followed with a single to left. Both
runners executed a double steal and Pirates catcher Rod Barajas' throw to
third on the play wound up in left field, allowing Molina to score. After
pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter grounded out, Furcal belted a slider into the
right field seats off Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to make it 10-4.
The Bucs added three in the eighth. Tabata began with a two-out walk and
Andrew McCutchen followed with a walk. Tabata moved to third after the free
pass on a wild pitch by Fernando Salas.
Jones then brought home both runners with a single into right field and
Alvarez knocked in Jones two batters later with a base hit to right to account
for the final margin.
"I do like the fact that we were finding our offense a little bit," said
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "But again, we are always going to talk about
the complete package. We weren't complete off the mound and we weren't
complete on defense."
Earlier, the Cards manufactured a run in their first at-bat to take the early
lead when Furcal slapped a double down the right field line to start things
and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Jay. Holliday then reached on an
error, which allowed Furcal to cross the plate.
Pittsburgh took the lead in the third when Barajas doubled to center to start
the frame and Tabata banged a hanging curveball from Wainwright over the left-
field wall to make it a 2-1 game.
The Cardinals tied it at two in the fourth with a little help from some less-
than-stellar Pittsburgh defense.
Molina started the inning with a single into right field and stole second.
After Craig and Skip Schumaker struck out, Wainwright hit a ground ball to
Clint Barmes at shortstop, but the ball kicked off the heel of his glove and
into center field, allowing Molina to score.
Jose Tabata has a .340 career batting average against the Cardinals...Craig
was activated from the disabled list earlier on Tuesday. He began the season
on the DL while recovering from offseason surgery to repair a fractured right
kneecap...Also on Tuesday, the Cardinals announced they will retire the
uniform No. 10 of former manager Tony La Russa prior to a Friday, May 11 game
against the Atlanta Braves...Pittsburgh committed four errors.
05/02 02:23:38 ET