The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but that actually ended up a 6-5 deficit heading into the ninth inning. They actually were down to their final strike when Matt Carpenter launched this game-tying bomb:
Given that Carpenter was a pinch-hitter, that marked the 15th pinch-hit home run of the season for the Cardinals. That's an MLB record. The previous record of 14 was held by the 2001 Giants and 2001 Diamondbacks. The 2006 Reds had 13.
The Cardinals weren't done there, either. Yadier Molina would double and then Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back home runs. So the Cardinals were one out away from a loss and ended up leading 9-6. The Pirates would muster a Jung Ho Kang homer in the ninth, but otherwise went quietly and lost their eighth game in a row.
The Cardinals were in danger of falling into a tie with the Mets for the second NL wild card, but instead they hold their one-game lead.
The Cardinals lead the NL with 201 home runs this season. It's their most since 2004 and the fourth-most in franchise history.