St. Louis at Pittsburgh

St. Louis
W: S. Miller (5-2) L: C. Morton (0-5) S: T. Rosenthal (10)
HR: STL - None   PIT - J. Mercer (1)

Cardinals 6, Pirates 5 wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Trevor Rosenthal didn't panic and neither did his manager, Mike Matheny.

Rosenthal, the St. Louis Cardinals' closer, got into a major ninth-inning jam, allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to draw within a run and then load the bases with none out. It seemed the Pirates, who lead the major leagues with five walkoff victories, were on the verge of doing it again.

However, Rosenthal escaped the jam for his 10th save and Shelby Miller won his fourth consecutive start as the Cardinals held on for a 6-5 victory Sunday night.

"That felt like a walk-off win right there," Matheny said with a relieved smile. "That was beyond impressive what Trevor was able to do there at the end to get it back together. That's why he is pitching at the end of games."

Rosenthal survived an RBI single by Andrew McCutchen to notch his 10th save as the Cardinals avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. He got Ike Davis to foul out for the first out then induced Jordy Mercer to hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end it.

"I just wanted to throw a fastball low in the zone and either get him to hit it on the ground or strike out," Rosenthal said. "It couldn't have worked out any better, though I'm sure the rest of the guys in this clubhouse wish I could have got the job done sooner."

Allen Craig and Yadier Molina had two hits each, including RBI singles in a four-run first inning. Craig went 5 for 11 in the three-game series after entering with a .202 batting average. Molina was 0 for 12 in his previous four games.

"Hopefully, this is a spark," Matheny said. "We've been looking for that thing that can get us clicking."

Miller (5-2) walked four and allowed four hits in 5 1/3 innings, but held the Pirates to just two runs -- which came on Mercer's first home run of the season in the fourth inning.

"I didn't have much but I gave it what I got and fortunately it was enough to help us get a win," Miller said.

Charlie Morton (0-5) was charged with only one earned run of the four he allowed over six innings but remained winless since Sept. 2, a span of 14 starts. He also fell to 2-10 in his career against the Cardinals.

"I just tried to get back out there and put up zeroes after that first inning," Morton said. "We kept chipping away and we almost pulled it out but I can't give up four runs there, especially in the first inning. It put us in a bad spot from the start."

Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez had three hits.

Jon Jay also has two hits for St. Louis as did Tony Sanchez for the Pirates, whose season-best four-game winning streak ended.

Mark Ellis also had an RBI single in the first inning for St. Louis and Craig added a sacrifice fly.


McCutchen returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game with soreness in his left ankle. ... Pittsburgh LF Starling Marte was not in the lineup because of lower back tightness, which caused him to leave Saturday night's game in the fourth inning. ... Pirates RF Travis Snider batted leadoff after missing the previous two games while serving a suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions April 20 in a benches-clearing brawl with the Milwaukee Brewers. ... Bourjos, who started the previous four games, did not start because of a cut on his right wrist that came as a result of getting spiked Saturday night while attempting to break up a double play. However, he entered the game in the game in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement. ... The Cardinals will play host to the Chicago Cubs on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series with LHP Tyler Lyons (0-2, 3.45) facing LHP Travis Wood (2-4, 4.75). ... The Pirates are off Monday then begin a three-game series Tuesday night at Milwaukee.

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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0

J. Mercer
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter, 3B4000111 .274
Jhonny Peralta, SS3110101 .242
Matt Holliday, LF5100006 .275
Allen Craig, RF4121013 .221
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   a-Daniel Descalso, PH1000000 .179
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C5121001 .304
Matt Adams, 1B4111011 .310
Jon Jay, CF-RF4120010 .265
Mark Ellis, 2B3011112 .193
Shelby Miller, P2000013 .188
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
   b-Greg Garcia, PH1010000 .250
   Peter Bourjos, CF1011000 .221
a-grounded out for Martinez in the 9th
b-singled for Maness in the 7th
SF - Matt Adams (1)
RBI - Allen Craig (15), Yadier Molina (18), Matt Adams (10), Mark Ellis (6), Peter Bourjos (6)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (2), Peter Bourjos (2)
SB - Mark Ellis (2, 2nd base off Morton/T. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Rosenthal-Molina-Adams
PB - Yadier Molina (1)
St. Louis Cardinals
Shelby Miller (W,5-2) 5.1422421 3.22
Seth Maness (H,1) 0.2000010 3.07
Kevin Siegrist (H,9) 0.2211110 3.86
Carlos Martinez (H,8) 1.1211000 4.35
Trevor Rosenthal (S,10) 1311100 4.96
HBP - Walker (by Shelby Miller)
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 95-55, Seth Maness 10-6, Kevin Siegrist 19-12, Carlos Martinez 20-16, Trevor Rosenthal 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 4-9, Seth Maness 1-0, Carlos Martinez 2-2, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 24, Seth Maness 2, Kevin Siegrist 5, Carlos Martinez 6, Trevor Rosenthal 6
Pittsburgh Pirates
Travis Snider, RF2000100 .222
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH1110000 .286
   Jaff Decker, LF1000001 .000
Neil Walker, 2B4110012 .268
Andrew McCutchen, CF2011300 .321
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5031005 .214
Jose Tabata, LF4000005 .247
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   Jared Hughes, P0000000 .000
   b-Clint Barmes, PH0000100 .189
Ike Davis, 1B4210104 .264
Jordy Mercer, SS5122002 .202
Tony Sanchez, C4021010 .273
Charlie Morton, P2000022 .000
   Vin Mazzaro, P0000000 .000
   c-Josh Harrison, PH-RF2000001 .277
a-singled for Snider in the 7th
b-walked for Hughes in the 9th
c-lined out for Mazzaro in the 7th
2B - Neil Walker (6, Rosenthal), Jordy Mercer (5, Martinez)
HR - Jordy Mercer (1, Miller)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (19), Pedro Alvarez (24), Jordy Mercer 2 (6), Tony Sanchez (8)
2-OUT RBI - Pedro Alvarez (10)
PK - Tony Sanchez (1, Miller)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Walker-Alvarez-Davis, Walker-Alvarez-Davis-Mercer-Walker-Davis
E - Pedro Alvarez 2 (9, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Charlie Morton (L,0-5) 6741130 3.22
Vin Mazzaro 1100010 3.00
Bryan Morris 1322210 3.52
Jared Hughes 1000010 1.13
IBB - M. Carpenter by Bryan Morris
WP - Bryan Morris (3)
HBP - Peralta (by Charlie Morton)
Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 100-62, Vin Mazzaro 23-15, Bryan Morris 24-13, Jared Hughes 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 8-6, Vin Mazzaro 2-1, Bryan Morris 2-0, Jared Hughes 2-0
Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 26, Vin Mazzaro 5, Bryan Morris 8, Jared Hughes 3
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Attendance - 32065
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - David Rackley