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Michaels caps Pirates' comeback with walk-off in 10th

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PITTSBURGH -- The St. Louis Cardinals should know this by now: No late-inning lead is safe against the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially with Jason Michaels at bat. Not even a lead this big.

Michaels hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, the Pirates' third big homer in three innings, and Pittsburgh rallied from six runs down in the eighth to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-11 Saturday night.

"What a game," the Pirates' Adam LaRoche said. "You don't see games like that very often."

The Cardinals appeared to be cruising with a season-high 22 hits while taking leads of 9-3 in the seventh and 10-4 in the eighth, but Jason Bay hit his second two-run homer of the night in the eighth.

The Pirates tied it with four runs in the ninth on Nate McLouth's three-run shot off Jason Isringhausen and Bay's fifth RBI, on a force-play grounder.

"We're still up by one (after McLouth's homer), but we couldn't get it done," Isringhausen said. "It didn't seem like it mattered what we threw up, they got a hit or something weird happened."

Troy Glaus homered leading off the 10th for St. Louis' 10th extra-base hit, but the Cardinals' unreliable bullpen couldn't hold this lead, either. Cardinals relievers have lost 20 games and lead the majors with 22 blown saves.

"It was one of the more amazing games I've ever been involved in," Bay said. "That was something I'll never forget. Early on, it kind of felt like we were down by 10. You get a hit here, a homer, and you say, `OK, OK, we've got some momentum' and that's when you start to feel it. Nate comes up and, boom, that puts you within one run."

The Cardinals outhit the Pirates 22-13 but left 12 on base.

"It's one of those games that got away, but the Pirates have done it to us a couple, three times," manager Tony La Russa said. "We know they're going to play nine innings -- and 10."

The Pirates are five games under .500 at 44-49, but are 10-3 in extra innings with eight consecutive victories, a streak that began when they rallied to win 8-4 at St. Louis in 10 innings on May 13. Michaels hit a grand slam in St. Louis to cap a comeback from a 4-0 deficit as the Pirates won 5-4 on June 2.

"But this is definitely No. 1," Michaels said. "I've never had a walk-off homer. That was awesome."

Raul Chavez singled to start the Pirates' 10th against Kyle McClellan, who was lifted for rookie Chris Perez (2-1). Michaels, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and drew a key walk ahead of McLouth's homer, followed a batter later with a drive into the left-center seats for his fourth homer.

Denny Bautista (3-1) got the victory despite allowing Glaus' 14th homer. Glaus went 4-for-4 and reached base six times, walking twice.

The Cardinals fell 5½ games behind NL Central leader Chicago despite totaling 17 runs and 35 hits in the first two games of the three-game series. They had scored more than two runs only once in their previous seven, getting outscored 32-13 while losing five of those seven.

Offense wasn't the Cardinals' problem as NL All-Star Ludwick went 3-for-5 with four RBI, Albert Pujols and Rick Ankiel each doubled twice and Yadier Molina went 4-for-6, giving him six hits in two nights and raising his average to .313.

The Cardinals easily topped the 16 hits they had several times previously this season.

"It's unfortunate we got beat in a game we scored (11) runs," La Russa said. "Today we scored but we couldn't pitch."

The Pirates' rally cost Todd Wellemeyer his first victory since June 5 after he allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. He hadn't lasted past the fifth inning in his previous four starts.

Much of the Cardinals' big night came against right-hander Yoslan Herrera, a former Cuban national pitcher who was recalled from Double-A Altoona. He yielded 11 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his major league debut.

Herrera signed a $1.92 million, three-year contract before the 2007 season, but had not pitched in the majors until Saturday.

Bay's two-run drive in the first gave Herrera a 2-0 lead, but he quickly gave it back by allowing six hits in a span of nine batters as St. Louis scored three times in the third and twice in the fourth.

Pirates third baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was ejected by umpire Eric Cooper in the fourth for running across the infield to argue that Pujols was out at second on a double down the line that eluded Mientkiewicz. The Pirates trailed 5-2 at the time.

Notes

  • Ankiel is 11-for-28 (.393) with eight RBI in seven games but was lifted after turning his left ankle while batting in the seventh. The injury isn't believed to be serious, and he was removed mostly for precautionary reasons.
  • Wellemeyer, batting eighth as La Russa does with his pitchers, had a sacrifice bunt but left six runners on base while going 0-for-3.
  • It could have been worse for Herrera: The Cardinals failed to score despite having the bases loaded with none out in the second.
 
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Michaels leaps into a crowd of teammates after clubbing a two-run walk-off homer in the 10th.  (AP)
Michaels leaps into a crowd of teammates after clubbing a two-run walk-off homer in the 10th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

J. Bay
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, SS-2B5320101 .311
Ryan Ludwick, LF5234101 .287
Albert Pujols, 1B5131011 .355
Rick Ankiel, CF5221013 .271
    Skip Schumaker, CF1000001 .292
Troy Glaus, 3B4242200 .271
Chris Duncan, RF5020014 .246
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Kyle McClellan, P1000010 .000
    Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C6141001 .313
Todd Wellemeyer, P3000016 .133
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Mather, PH-RF2011010 .227
Adam Kennedy, 2B3011001 .276
   b- Cesar Izturis, PH-SS2000001 .242
Totals4711221146  
a-doubled for Springer in the 8th
b-grounded out for Kennedy in the 7th
Batting
2B - Aaron Miles (9, Burnett), Albert Pujols 2 (20, Herrera, Beam), Rick Ankiel 2 (18, Herrera, Beam), Yadier Molina (12, Beam), Joe Mather (2, Yates)
3B - Ryan Ludwick (3, Herrera)
HR - Ryan Ludwick (20, Herrera), Troy Glaus (14, D. Bautista)
SF - Albert Pujols (3)
SH - Todd Wellemeyer (7)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 4 (64), Albert Pujols (50), Rick Ankiel (50), Troy Glaus 2 (57), Yadier Molina (31), Joe Mather (4), Adam Kennedy (22)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (20), Joe Mather (4)
Team LOB - 12
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer 6.1444122 4.04
Russ Springer 0.2000010 2.20
Ryan Franklin 0.2322011 3.51
Ron Villone 0.1000010 4.98
Jason Isringhausen 0.1233111 5.97
Kyle McClellan (BS,4) 0.2322000 3.06
Chris Perez (BS,2; L,2-1) 0.1111001 4.18
HBP - Rivas (by Todd Wellemeyer)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 94-60, Russ Springer 10-6, Ryan Franklin 17-13, Ron Villone 5-3, Jason Isringhausen 17-10, Kyle McClellan 21-13, Chris Perez 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 6-11, Kyle McClellan 1-1
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 25, Russ Springer 2, Ryan Franklin 5, Ron Villone 1, Jason Isringhausen 4, Kyle McClellan 5, Chris Perez 2
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF4213110 .284
Luis Rivas, 2B4220001 .252
Ryan Doumit, C-1B5010003 .324
Jason Bay, LF5225010 .289
Xavier Nady, RF5010001 .317
    Denny Bautista, P0000000 .200
Adam LaRoche, 1B4221011 .251
    Raul Chavez, C1110000 .239
Doug Mientkiewicz, 3B1000000 .265
    Jose Bautista, 3B4011011 .260
Yoslan Herrera, P1000000 .000
    Franquelis Osoria, P0000000 .400
   a- Freddy Sanchez, PH1000010 .224
    T.J. Beam, P0000000 .000
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Gomez, PH1000011 .307
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Michaels, PH-RF1212100 .234
Jack Wilson, SS4110001 .299
Totals4112131226  
a-struck out for Osoria in the 5th
b-struck out for Burnett in the 7th
c-walked for Marte in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (18, Wellemeyer)
HR - Nate McLouth (19, Isringhausen), Jason Bay 2 (19, Wellemeyer, Franklin), Adam LaRoche (11, Wellemeyer), Jason Michaels (4, Perez)
RBI - Nate McLouth 3 (65), Jason Bay 5 (51), Adam LaRoche (43), Jose Bautista (40), Jason Michaels 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bay 4 (20), Adam LaRoche (12)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nate McLouth 1
DP - Herrera-Doumit-LaRoche, McLouth-LaRoche, J. Wilson-Rivas-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Yoslan Herrera 4.11166441 12.46
Franquelis Osoria 0.2000000 5.94
T.J. Beam 1422000 7.50
Sean Burnett 1211000 4.85
Tyler Yates 1311000 3.86
Damaso Marte 1100000 3.22
Denny Bautista (W,3-2) 1111021 3.90
Pitches-Strikes - Yoslan Herrera 90-49, Franquelis Osoria 6-7, T.J. Beam 22-13, Sean Burnett 12-8, Tyler Yates 16-11, Damaso Marte 10-7, Denny Bautista 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yoslan Herrera 3-5, Franquelis Osoria 2-0, Sean Burnett 3-0, Tyler Yates 1-1, Damaso Marte 2-1, Denny Bautista 1-0
Batters Faced - Yoslan Herrera 27, Franquelis Osoria 2, T.J. Beam 6, Sean Burnett 5, Tyler Yates 5, Damaso Marte 4, Denny Bautista 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29387
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster