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Long Davis homer lifts Pirates over Cardinals 3-1

By NATE BARNES
Associated Press
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Ike Davis wasn't able to play meaningful late-season games during his time with the New York Mets. He's making the most of his chance with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

''It's the first time he's been involved in games that have this kind of significance this late in the season,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday after Davis' long home run keyed a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. ''He's showing up to the ballpark ready contribute any way he can.''

Davis hit a two-run drive off a speaker above the seats in right-center field in the second inning. A day earlier, Davis had a pinch-hit, tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 5-2 win.

Davis arrived in the major leagues with the New York Mets in 2010 and was traded to Pittsburgh in April. The Mets finished with losing records in all of his seasons in New York.

''It's hard when you're mathematically eliminated,' Davis said. ''You hit a home run and it's a great feeling still, but it's kind of like it didn't really matter. If you're still in it, it definitely feels a little sweeter.''

Davis hit his 10th homer after Adam Wainwright (15-9) plunked Russell Martin on the left elbow with a pitch that Martin barely tried to avoid. Davis sent an 88 mph cutter clanking off a speaker raised on a pole, about 15 feet above the seats, a drive estimated at about 433 feet.

''I just got the barrel on it,'' Davis said. ''It just carried out today.''

Wainwright knew he made a mistake when he saw where his pitch was headed.

''I threw it right into Ike's swing path, and he made a good swing on it,'' Wainwright said. ''I wanted to get the pitch higher, but I got it and down and in, and that's a left-handed hitter's honey spot right there.''

Davis also had an inning-ending lineout that left the bases loaded in the fifth.

Pittsburgh took two of three from the defending NL champions and has won five of seven overall. St. Louis (71-61) leads the NL wild-card race, with San Francisco (69-62) trailing by 1 1/2 games and the Pirates (69-64) one game back of the Giants for the second wild-card berth.

Jeff Locke (6-3) allowed one run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings, giving up Matt Holliday's third-inning homer. Locke also singled in the third and scored on Andrew McCutchen's sacrifice fly, just the 11th hit for the pitcher in 98 career at-bats.

Mark Melancon pitched a one-hit ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.

Locke escaped trouble in the third, stranding Daniel Descalso on third when Josh Harrison made a diving stop on Randal Grichuk's two-out grounder down the line and threw to first

Wainwright allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He gave up five runs to Philadelphia on Aug. 22 and has gone winless in consecutive starts for just the second time this season.

''Yo'ure not going to be at your best all time,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''Right now, he's not at his best, but he showed some good signs today.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals

C Yadier Molina was to begin an injury rehab assignment and catch five innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday and could return to the Cardinals on Friday. He has been on the 15-day DL since July 10 because of a torn ligament in his right thumb. ... RHP Michael Wacha was to throw a batting practice session before Springfield's game Wednesday. A right shoulder stress reaction landed Wacha on the DL on June 18.

Pirates

3B Pedro Alvarez was out of the lineup, a day after he was removed from a game due to left foot discomfort. Alvarez left PNC Park with a walking boot on his foot after Tuesday's game and was seen wearing the boot in the clubhouse Wednesday.

ON DECK

Cardinals

St. Louis opens a three-game series at home Friday against the Chicago Cubs. RHP Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.26 ERA) is slated to start against Chicago LHP Felix Doubront (2-4, 6.07 ERA).

Pirates

Pittsburgh is off Thursday before the Pirates continue their six-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds. RHP Edinson Volquez (11-7, 3.56 ERA) starts the opener against his former team and RHP Mike Leake (10-11, 3.51 ERA).

GAMECHANGER

Pittsburgh centerfielder Andrew McCutchen was in the lineup, a day after he was removed from a game because of discomfort in the same area of his ribs that caused him to go on the 15-day DL earlier this month. McCutchen finished 1 for 3 with a RBI. ''We're always going to be a better team with him in the lineup,'' Hurdle said.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

I. Davis
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
St. Louis

A. Wainwright
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 1
K 5
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3000101.278.372.390
Randal Grichuk, RF4010002.163.212.306
Matt Holliday, LF4111022.263.364.412
Matt Adams, 1B3010101.303.333.481
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010023.266.339.455
Jon Jay, CF4010002.309.381.397
Tony Cruz, C3000001.195.267.236
   a-A.J. Pierzynski, PH1000001.256.294.346
Daniel Descalso, 2B4020001.221.296.295
Adam Wainwright, P1000001.196.237.250
   b-Peter Bourjos, PH1000000.227.291.356
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000.250.250.250
Totals3217124    
a-lined out for Cruz in the 9th
b-grounded out for Wainwright in the 7th
Batting
2B - Randal Grichuk (2, Locke)
HR - Matt Holliday (13, Locke)
SH - Adam Wainwright (7)
RBI - Matt Holliday (68)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (22)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Descalso-Adams
E - Matt Carpenter (13, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright (L,15-9) 6833151 2.59
Carlos Martinez 2200000 4.56
HBP - Martin (by Adam Wainwright)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 103-65, Carlos Martinez 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 5-8, Carlos Martinez 4-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Carlos Martinez 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Harrison, 3B4020011.304.338.494
Travis Snider, RF2010010.262.327.422
   Jose Tabata, PR-RF2000011.283.321.324
Andrew McCutchen, CF3011001.307.402.537
Neil Walker, 2B4010013.277.346.457
Russell Martin, C3120012.295.417.416
Ike Davis, 1B3112105.239.354.389
Starling Marte, LF4000001.277.349.431
Jordy Mercer, SS4000002.257.304.369
Jeff Locke, P3120001.143.189.143
   Tony Watson, P0000000.333.333.333
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH1000001.235.303.396
   Mark Melancon, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33310315    
a-grounded into a double play for Watson in the 8th
Batting
HR - Ike Davis (10, Wainwright)
SF - Andrew McCutchen (5)
RBI - Andrew McCutchen (71), Ike Davis 2 (44)
SB - Russell Martin (4, 2nd base off Martinez/Cruz)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Harrison-Walker-Davis
E - Ike Davis (8, Missed catch of throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Locke (W,6-3) 7.1611231 3.51
Tony Watson (H,28) 0.2000010 1.73
Mark Melancon (S,24) 1100000 2.11
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Locke 98-66, Tony Watson 6-4, Mark Melancon 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Locke 13-5, Tony Watson 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Locke 29, Tony Watson 2, Mark Melancon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29905
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Sean Barber