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St. Louis at Pittsburgh

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St. Louis (20-12) «00420500011111
Pittsburgh (14-17)000200002482

Cardinals 11, Pirates 4

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PITTSBURGH -- For a change, the St. Louis Cardinals didn't need a lot of long balls to win. Just a couple of long innings against the Pirates, a team all too acquainted with them.

Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the Cardinals twice batted around during big innings, beating Pittsburgh 11-4 on Sunday for the Pirates' 12th loss of six runs or more in 31 games.

Adam Wainwright (5-1) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings -- the 25th time in 26 starts dating to last season he's permitted three runs or fewer while lasting at least six innings. He is 16-5 in those starts.

"I wasn't really that good," said Wainwright, whose only substandard start during that stretch was a 14-7 win in Pittsburgh late last season. "For some reason I find it hard to bring my 'A' game to this stadium. I don't know why. But my team gave me a chance to win."

The Cardinals didn't need nearly as much offense as they got against Pittsburgh, one of the majors' most perplexing clubs. The Pirates are 10-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer -- normally, a sign of a contending club -- but they have been blown out in more than one-third of their games.

The Pirates already have losses by margins of 20, 14, nine and eight runs (three times), plus three losses of seven runs and three by six runs, and the season isn't one-fifth over. They have won only twice by six runs or more while going 14-17.

"Unfortunately, your starters are going to have these games," manager John Russell said.

St. Louis took two of three in the series despite not homering. They homered 31 times in their first 29 games.

"I guess we turned the page from our offense early in the year that was all about the homer. Now we're stringing some hits together and working runs," Ryan Ludwick said.

Some defense, too.

Ludwick, the left fielder, took potential extra-base hits away from leadoff batters Aki Iwamura in the first and Garrett Jones in the second, when the game was scoreless.

"I told him, 'Your defense on those two plays changed the complexion of the whole game,"' manager Tony La Russa said.

So did the Cardinals' four-run third inning, when Paul Maholm (2-3) walked three while facing 10 batters. A pair of backups making spot starts contributed important hits as Joe Mather singled in a run and Nick Stavinoha added a run-scoring double.

Maholm got off to a bad start by needing 10 pitches to retire Wainwright on a grounder and ended up throwing 54 pitches in the inning. He threw only 53 of his 93 pitches for strikes while lasting 3 1/3 innings.

No. 9 hitter Tyler Greene followed Wainwright's extended at-bat with a double, and the productive inning was on.

"Just not a good day. I'm disappointed," Maholm said. "It's going to happen but you never feel good about it."

Left fielder Lastings Milledge couldn't hold onto Ludwick's wind-blown fly ball during a two-run fourth, with Ludwick credited with a triple. St. Louis then put it away by sending 11 to the plate during a five-run sixth.

"It's my first day playing out there with the wind and I set up too early," Milledge said. "But no excuses."

Molina had a two-run single and pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus also singled in a run, while reliever Brian Bass walked three during the sixth.

Garrett Jones hit a two-run single in the fourth for the Pirates' only scoring against Wainwright, who has yielded as many as three runs only once in seven starts.

Notes

The Pirates committed two errors and walked eight. ... The Cardinals are 52-26 in Pittsburgh since PNC Park opened in 2001, the best winning percentage (.667) of any club that has played at least 50 games there. ... St. Louis had 11 runs, 11 hits and left 11 on base. ... The gametime temperature was 47, with winds in the 20-mph range. ... Albert Pujols' strikeout in the fourth was his first in 27 at-bats against Maholm.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
Pittsburgh

G. Jones
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
St. Louis Cardinals
Joe Mather, CF-LF6221003 .200
Ryan Ludwick, LF-RF6221001 .258
    Jason LaRue, C0000000 .091
Albert Pujols, 1B3110312 .314
    Jon Jay, PR-RF0000000 .333
David Freese, 3B4201213 .320
Yadier Molina, C-1B4113102 .301
Nick Stavinoha, RF3012000 .375
   a- Colby Rasmus, PH-CF2111000 .304
Brendan Ryan, SS4011100 .183
Adam Wainwright, P3000103 .100
    Kyle McClellan, P10100001.000
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
Tyler Greene, 2B4211001 .222
Totals4011111182  
a-singled for Stavinoha in the 6th
Batting
2B - Nick Stavinoha (1, Maholm), Tyler Greene (1, Maholm)
3B - Ryan Ludwick (2, Maholm)
RBI - Joe Mather (2), Ryan Ludwick (12), David Freese (20), Yadier Molina 3 (22), Nick Stavinoha 2 (5), Colby Rasmus (15), Brendan Ryan (6), Tyler Greene (2)
2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina 3 (11), Nick Stavinoha 2 (4), Colby Rasmus (5), Brendan Ryan (1), Tyler Greene (1)
SB - Tyler Greene (1, 3rd base off Maholm/Doumit)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - T. Greene-Ryan-Pujols
E - Brendan Ryan (3, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,5-1) 6522270 2.08
Kyle McClellan 1000010 2.51
Blake Hawksworth 2320010 2.57
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 100-63, Kyle McClellan 9-6, Blake Hawksworth 23-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 5-5, Kyle McClellan 2-0, Blake Hawksworth 4-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 24, Kyle McClellan 3, Blake Hawksworth 10
Pittsburgh Pirates
Akinori Iwamura, 2B4100112 .187
Andy LaRoche, 3B4010011 .307
Andrew McCutchen, CF3110120 .333
Garrett Jones, RF4012012 .239
Ryan Doumit, C4010003 .281
Lastings Milledge, LF4110013 .243
Jeff Clement, 1B4110012 .177
Ronny Cedeno, SS4011000 .238
Paul Maholm, P1000010 .000
    Brian Bass, P1000000 .000
    D.J. Carrasco, P0000000 .000
   a- Steve Pearce, PH1000010 .111
    Jack Taschner, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
   b- Delwyn Young, PH1011000 .250
Totals3548429  
a-struck out for Carrasco in the 7th
b-singled for Lopez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Andrew McCutchen (10, Wainwright)
RBI - Garrett Jones 2 (22), Ronny Cedeno (8), Delwyn Young (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ronny Cedeno (4), Delwyn Young (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Andy LaRoche 2 (5, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Paul Maholm (L,2-3) 3.1664320 4.61
Brian Bass 2.1455400 12.79
D.J. Carrasco 1.1000100 3.91
Jack Taschner 1100000 4.02
Javier Lopez 1000000 3.00
IBB - Pujols by Brian Bass, by Pujols
HBP - T. Greene (by D.J. Carrasco)
WP - Brian Bass (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 95-53, Brian Bass 58-25, D.J. Carrasco 20-9, Jack Taschner 18-11, Javier Lopez 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 7-2, Brian Bass 4-3, D.J. Carrasco 1-3, Jack Taschner 1-2, Javier Lopez 3-1
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 20, Brian Bass 15, D.J. Carrasco 6, Jack Taschner 4, Javier Lopez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17342
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster