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ST. LOUIS -- Just a few days ago, the St. Louis Cardinals had no wins when trailing after eight innings and just one extra-inning victory.
They certainly showed the Pittsburgh Pirates they can go the extra mile.
"We did a good job of bouncing back," said Matt Holliday, who hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning of St. Louis' 6-5 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. "Winning this game could be very important for us."
Matt Carpenter had four hits and scored the winning run in the Cardinals' second extra-inning triumph over the NL Central leaders in three days.
"Anytime having a walk-off win, it's a big deal," manager Mike Matheny said. "Jumping on it again it today is just the resiliency of this club.
"You could sense it on the bench. The guys weren't going to give in, weren't going to stop pushing."
The Cardinals took two of three in the series to pull within two games of the sagging Pirates, who have dropped five of six. St. Louis won 4-3 in 14 innings in the opener on Tuesday night.
"We had a number of guys that had opportunities," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The great thing about what we're going through is the challenge and opportunities we're all getting.
"It's playoff atmosphere baseball."
The Cardinals lost the division lead when they dropped four of five in Pittsburgh from July 29-Aug. 1.
Rookie Kevin Siegrist (1-1), St. Louis' seventh pitcher, struck out two in a perfect 12th against the heart of the order.
Carpenter sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk. He went to third on Jon Jay's single before Holliday grounded a single up the middle off Bryan Morris (5-6).
Carpenter, the Cardinals' leadoff man, leads the National League with 48 multihit games and 40 doubles. He entered with league-leading averages of .366 at home and .367 in day games.
Holliday also had an RBI double and is batting .452 during a 12-game hitting streak.
Martin hit a tying leadoff drive off Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, handing the setup man his second blown save of St. Louis' 4-6 homestand.
The Pirates hit for the cycle against Lance Lynn in a four-run fifth that featured rookie Andrew Lambo's first hit and RBI on a double and Barmes' two-run homer. The Cardinals responded by knocking out A.J. Burnett with five runs in the bottom half on a two-run single by Daniel Descalso and RBIs in consecutive at-bats from Carpenter, Jon Jay and Holliday.
"As good as it looked early, it's never easy against this group," Burnett said. "They figured me out early."
Both managers put a heavy stamp on the game. Hurdle hit for two regulars in the sixth and emptied his bench, and Matheny used three relievers in the sixth and seventh.
Notes The Pirates begin a three-game homestand Friday against the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh rookie Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.95 ERA), who opposes Brandon McCarthy (2-6, 4.73 ERA) in the opener, has lost five of his last six decisions. ... The Cardinals open a three-game series at Chicago, with St. Louis' Jake Westbrook (7-7, 4.11 ERA) opposing minor league callup Jake Arrieta. It will be Westbrook's first appearance since giving up nine runs in 4 2/3 innings of relief on three days' rest after Shelby Miller was knocked out by a liner off his elbow on his second pitch of the game. ... Cardinals reliever Seth Maness, who grounded into a double play and struck out to strand five runners Tuesday night, got his first career hit in the sixth. ... Pirates reliever Tony Watsonworked three scoreless innings and retired the heart of the order in the 10t
|Matt Carpenter contributes four hits and scores the winning run in the Cardinals' victory over Pittsburgh. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Starling Marte, LF||5||1||2||0||0||3||3||.280|
|Neil Walker, 2B||5||0||0||1||0||1||4||.258|
|Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||0||0||0||1||1||1||.312|
|Pedro Alvarez, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||3||2||.235|
|Russell Martin, C||5||1||2||1||1||1||1||.255|
|Garrett Jones, 1B||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.252|
|a-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.237|
|Andrew Lambo, RF||2||1||1||1||0||0||1||.125|
|b-Jose Tabata, PH-RF||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Clint Barmes, SS||4||1||2||2||0||1||3||.225|
|A.J. Burnett, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.068|
|c-Josh Harrison, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|d-Jordy Mercer, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|a-lined out for G. Jones in the 6th|
|b-doubled for Lambo in the 6th|
|c-doubled for Mazzaro in the 7th|
|d-flied out for Wilson in the 8th|
|e-walked for Watson in the 11th|
|2B - Starling Marte (25, Lynn), Andrew Lambo (1, Lynn), Jose Tabata 2 (11, Freeman), Josh Harrison (1, Maness)|
|3B - Starling Marte (10, Lynn)|
|HR - Russell Martin (11, Rosenthal), Clint Barmes (3, Lynn)|
|SF - Neil Walker (3)|
|SH - Starling Marte (6), Clint Barmes (9)|
|RBI - Neil Walker (35), Russell Martin (44), Andrew Lambo (1), Clint Barmes 2 (16)|
|CS - Starling Marte (12, 3rd base by Lynn/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Barmes-G. Jones|
|Bryan Morris (L,5-6)||1.1||2||1||1||1||0||0||2.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 76-52, Vin Mazzaro 19-13, Justin Wilson 11-8, Tony Watson 42-30, Bryan Morris 23-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 6-2, Vin Mazzaro 1-4, Tony Watson 2-5, Bryan Morris 2-2|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 21, Vin Mazzaro 7, Justin Wilson 3, Tony Watson 10, Bryan Morris 7|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Matt Carpenter, 2B||5||2||4||1||1||0||2||.315|
|Jon Jay, CF||6||1||2||1||0||1||3||.272|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||0||2||2||1||2||0||.294|
|Allen Craig, RF-1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.314|
|Yadier Molina, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.325|
|Matt Adams, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
|David Freese, 3B||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.269|
|Pete Kozma, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.225|
|Daniel Descalso, SS-3B||4||1||1||2||1||0||0||.258|
|Lance Lynn, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.100|
|Seth Maness, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-Carlos Beltran, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.303|
|Adron Chambers, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a-popped out for Rosenthal in the 9th|
|2B - Matt Carpenter (40, Burnett), Matt Holliday (20, Burnett), David Freese (21, Burnett)|
|3B - Matt Carpenter (5, Burnett)|
|RBI - Matt Carpenter (58), Jon Jay (50), Matt Holliday 2 (61), Daniel Descalso 2 (33)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Freese-M. Carpenter-Adams|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Sam Freeman (H,1)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Seth Maness (H,11)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||2.17|
|Randy Choate (H,12)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.33|
|Trevor Rosenthal (BS,4)||2||2||1||1||0||2||1||2.65|
|Kevin Siegrist (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.78|
|IBB - A. McCutchen by Seth Maness|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 99-62, Sam Freeman 14-8, Seth Maness 18-10, Randy Choate 6-3, Trevor Rosenthal 30-24, Edward Mujica 24-16, Kevin Siegrist 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 2-6, Seth Maness 2-0, Trevor Rosenthal 2-2, Edward Mujica 3-2, Kevin Siegrist 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 23, Sam Freeman 2, Seth Maness 5, Randy Choate 1, Trevor Rosenthal 8, Edward Mujica 8, Kevin Siegrist 3|
|Attendance - 41502|
|Game Time - 4:11|
|Temperature - 74|
|Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt|