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Pittsburgh at St. Louis

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Pirates outlast Cards in 19 innings

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ST. LOUIS -- Even Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez was starting to lose focus in the later stages of the Pirates' 6-3, 19-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

"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.

Alvarez slammed the go-ahead homer off Barret Browning (1-3). Andrew McCutchen added a two-run single later in the inning.

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.

Garrett Jones gave Pittsburgh a short-lived 3-2 lead with a bases-loaded infield single in the 17th. He drove in pitcher James McDonald, who singled as a pinch-hitter, the first of his career.

"It was just luck," McDonald said. "You know how hard pinch hitting is? So it was pretty much luck."

But St. Louis came right back to tie it on a sacrifice fly by Tony Cruz that brought in pinch-runner Ryan Jackson. Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker began the 17th inning with singles.

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.

Pittsburgh had a pair of hits in the 16th but Molina threw out Jose Tabata trying to steal and reliever Joe Kelly induced McCutchen to ground out to end the inning.

Reliever Edward Mujica got Neil Walker to ground into a double play to end the 11th. Kelly allowed four hits and one run in 5 2-3 innings of his first relief appearance.

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.

Chris Resop led the Pirates' bullpen effort with three scoreless innings. Kevin Correia and Jared Hughes added two scoreless innings each.

Hurdle said he has yet to select a starting pitcher to replace Rodriguez on Monday.

"I'll come up with something tomorrow," he said.

Notes

  • St. Louis 1B Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single in the fourth inning.
  • Jon Jay snapped an 0-for-14 skid with a two-out single in the 13th.
  • Garcia's 10 strikeouts are the most by a St. Louis left-hander since Mark Mulder had 12 on May 9, 2005, against Los Angeles.
  • The Cardinals sent RHP Trevor Rosenthal to Triple-A Memphis prior to the game to make room for Garcia.
  • St. Louis plays host to Houston in a three-game set beginning Tuesday. Adam Wainwright (11-10, 3.87) will face Lucas Harrell (10-8, 3.81) in the series opener. Wainwright drew a walk as a pinch hitter Sunday.
  • Pittsburgh closes out a six-game road trip with three at San Diego starting Monday.
  • Pirates 2B Neil Walker did not start for the fourth successive game with a dislocated pinky on his right hand. He later pinch hit.
  • Molina grounded out to second to finish a 14-pitch at-bat in the fourth.
 
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Pedro Alvarez breaks a 3-3 tie with a solo home run in the 19th inning, sparking the Pirates' marathon victory.  (Getty Images)
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
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 8
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
St. Louis

C. Beltran
AB 7
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Tabata, LF7120113 .232
Josh Harrison, 2B-RF7021121 .234
Andrew McCutchen, CF8023142 .354
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000022 .213
    Kevin Correia, P0000000 .152
   a- Neil Walker, PH1000001 .290
    Chris Resop, P0000000 .000
   b- Jordy Mercer, PH-2B4020002 .212
Travis Snider, RF6020001 .292
    Joel Hanrahan, P0000000 .000
    Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   c- James McDonald, PH1110000 .159
    Juan Cruz, P0000000 .000
   d- Rod Barajas, PH1000001 .193
    Wandy Rodriguez, P0000000 .023
Michael McKenry, C8000023 .254
Pedro Alvarez, 3B6111221 .235
Clint Barmes, SS6220130 .221
Jeff Karstens, P1100010 .080
   e- Yamaico Navarro, PH1000000 .163
    Jason Grilli, P0000000 .000
    Garrett Jones, 1B5021023 .284
Totals666166619  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Jeff Karstens (1, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Karstens 7222140 3.79
Jason Grilli 1000020 2.38
Kevin Correia 2200000 4.56
Chris Resop 3200030 3.86
Joel Hanrahan 1000210 2.45
Jared Hughes 2100020 2.51
Juan Cruz (BS,1) 1311000 2.78
Wandy Rodriguez (W,8-12) 2100130 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
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, CF9030011 .305
Allen Craig, 1B4120000 .308
    Daniel Descalso, PR-1B4000024 .227
Matt Holliday, LF7100111 .301
Carlos Beltran, RF7022111 .278
David Freese, 3B8000033 .294
Yadier Molina, C6020101 .317
    Ryan Jackson, PR0100000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam Wainwright, PH0000100 .125
    Barret Browning, P0000000 .000
Skip Schumaker, 2B8010036 .304
Rafael Furcal, SS8010002 .266
Jaime Garcia, P2000011 .269
   b- Matt Carpenter, PH1000010 .309
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
   c- Shane Robinson, PH1000001 .255
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Joe Kelly, P2000020 .130
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
   d- Tony Cruz, PH-C1001000 .223
Totals683113415  
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
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Furcal-Craig, Furcal-Schumaker-Craig, Freese-Schumaker-Descalso
E - Jaime Garcia (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 85200100 4.00
Jason Motte 1000020 2.73
Mitchell Boggs 1000210 2.09
Edward Mujica 1100100 3.59
Joe Kelly 5.2411240 3.27
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1100000 4.89
Fernando Salas 1100020 4.20
Barret Browning (L,1-3) 1433101 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
Game Information
Attendance - 43412
Game Time - 6:07
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Jim Reynolds