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"I was getting a little stagnant out there," he said. "It's one of those things where it's mind over matter. You've just got to fight and keep that desire going."
Alvarez played a big role in ending the marathon with his 23rd homer of the season. The drive broke a 3-3 tie as the Pirates won the longest game in the majors this season.
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It took 6 hours, 7 minutes to finish, trying the longest contest by time, matching a game between Baltimore and Boston on May 6.
Both teams scored a run in the 17th, and each club used eight pitchers.
Wandy Rodriguez (8-12), who was set to start for the Pirates on Monday night at San Diego, got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. It was his first win as a reliever in 232 major league appearances.
"That was a backyard tug-of-war," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "We kept playing defense, we kept pitching. At the end of the day, we finally got some separation in the 19th inning.
About 9,000 fans from the original crowd of 43,412 stayed until the end.
Each team had played a marathon in recent years. St. Louis went 20 innings against the Mets on April 17, 2010, and Pittsburgh played 19 innings at Atlanta on July 26, 2011.
The Pirates improved to 4-0 in extra innings this season. They moved two games ahead of St. Louis in the race for the last wild card spot in the NL. The Cardinals have lost three of four overall.
"It was a battle all around on both sides," McCutchen said. "They came to play and we were just able to get the win.
It feels good."
Alvarez picked on a slider from Browning and drove it 408 feet.
"It felt good out of my hand," Browning said. "It just stayed up. It don't think I've ever been this disappointed. I just didn't do my job."
Both teams ran out of position players after the 18th inning.
"It was just luck," McDonald said. "You know how hard pinch hitting is? So it was pretty much luck."
St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia, sidelined for 64 days with a strain in his pitching shoulder, struck out a career-high 10 and did not allow an earned run in an eight-inning, 107-pitch stint. He gave up five hits, two unearned runs and did not walk a batter.
Carlos Beltran put St. Louis in front with a two-run double in the fourth, and also stole three bases, tying a career high. Beltran leads the NL with 85 RBIs.
"Twenty innings or nine innings, a loss is a loss," Beltran said. "We had the opportunities. It just didn't happen."
Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens gave up two runs and two hits over seven innings. He struck four and walked one.
The Pirates scored twice in the sixth to tie it on a pair of infield singles and Garcia's throwing error. Clint Barmes reached on an infield hit and Garcia mishandled a bunt attempt by Karstens. Josh Harrison drove in Barmes with a sacrifice fly and McCutchen followed with an infield single.
Hurdle said he has yet to select a starting pitcher to replace Rodriguez on Monday.
"I'll come up with something tomorrow," he said.
|Pedro Alvarez breaks a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the 19th inning, sparking the Pirates' marathon victory. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Tabata, LF||7||1||2||0||1||1||3||.232|
|Josh Harrison, 2B-RF||7||0||2||1||1||2||1||.234|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||8||0||2||3||1||4||2||.354|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.213|
|Kevin Correia, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.152|
|a- Neil Walker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Chris Resop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jordy Mercer, PH-2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.212|
|Travis Snider, RF||6||0||2||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Joel Hanrahan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jared Hughes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- James McDonald, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.159|
|Juan Cruz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Rod Barajas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.193|
|Wandy Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.023|
|Michael McKenry, C||8||0||0||0||0||2||3||.254|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||6||1||1||1||2||2||1||.235|
|Clint Barmes, SS||6||2||2||0||1||3||0||.221|
|Jeff Karstens, P||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||.080|
|e- Yamaico Navarro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.163|
|Jason Grilli, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||2||3||.284|
|a-grounded into a double play for Correia in the 11th|
|b-singled for Resop in the 14th|
|c-singled for Hughes in the 17th|
|d-popped out for Cruz in the 18th|
|e-flied out for Karstens in the 8th|
|2B - Jose Tabata (14, Browning), Jordy Mercer (5, Salas), Garrett Jones (21, Kelly)|
|3B - Josh Harrison (4, Mujica)|
|HR - Pedro Alvarez (23, Browning)|
|SF - Josh Harrison (2)|
|SH - Jose Tabata (6), Jeff Karstens (1)|
|RBI - Josh Harrison (12), Andrew McCutchen 3 (76), Pedro Alvarez (62), Garrett Jones (66)|
|2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen 3 (27), Garrett Jones (21)|
|CS - Jose Tabata 2 (11, 2nd base by Kelly/Molina, 2nd base by Kelly/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|E - Jeff Karstens (1, Throwing)|
|Juan Cruz (BS,1)||1||3||1||1||0||0||0||2.78|
|Wandy Rodriguez (W,8-12)||2||1||0||0||1||3||0||4.00|
|WP - Joel Hanrahan (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 91-67, Jason Grilli 19-12, Kevin Correia 24-16, Chris Resop 47-36, Joel Hanrahan 20-10, Jared Hughes 27-18, Juan Cruz 21-16, Wandy Rodriguez 32-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 9-9, Kevin Correia 3-3, Chris Resop 4-2, Jared Hughes 3-1, Wandy Rodriguez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 25, Jason Grilli 3, Kevin Correia 8, Chris Resop 11, Joel Hanrahan 5, Jared Hughes 7, Juan Cruz 6, Wandy Rodriguez 8|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||9||0||3||0||0||1||1||.305|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Daniel Descalso, PR-1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.227|
|Matt Holliday, LF||7||1||0||0||1||1||1||.301|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||7||0||2||2||1||1||1||.278|
|David Freese, 3B||8||0||0||0||0||3||3||.294|
|Yadier Molina, C||6||0||2||0||1||0||1||.317|
|Ryan Jackson, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adam Wainwright, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.125|
|Barret Browning, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||8||0||1||0||0||3||6||.304|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||8||0||1||0||0||0||2||.266|
|Jaime Garcia, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.269|
|b- Matt Carpenter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.309|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Shane Robinson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Joe Kelly, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.130|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Tony Cruz, PH-C||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.223|
|a-walked for Salas in the 18th|
|b-struck out for Garcia in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Boggs in the 10th|
|d-hit a sacrifice fly for Rzepczynski in the 17th|
|2B - Carlos Beltran (22, Karstens)|
|SF - Tony Cruz (2)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (85), Tony Cruz (10)|
|SB - Carlos Beltran 3 (13, 3rd base off Hanrahan/McKenry, 2nd base off Rodriguez/McKenry, 3rd base off Rodriguez/McKenry)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Schumaker-Furcal-Craig, Furcal-Schumaker-Craig, Freese-Schumaker-Descalso|
|E - Jaime Garcia (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Barret Browning (L,1-3)||1||4||3||3||1||0||1||5.21|
|IBB - A. McCutchen by Edward Mujica, Alvarez by Joe Kelly|
|HBP - Barmes (by Joe Kelly)|
|WP - Joe Kelly (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 107-73, Jason Motte 14-9, Mitchell Boggs 19-6, Edward Mujica 11-5, Joe Kelly 87-55, Marc Rzepczynski 12-7, Fernando Salas 15-11, Barret Browning 28-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 10-3, Mitchell Boggs 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-1, Joe Kelly 4-7, Barret Browning 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 28, Jason Motte 3, Mitchell Boggs 5, Edward Mujica 4, Joe Kelly 22, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Fernando Salas 4, Barret Browning 8|
|Attendance - 43412|
|Game Time - 6:07|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|