St. Louis 4, Pittsburgh 3

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, August 27, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 75°
Umpires - Home Plate - Fieldin Culbreth, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale,
Attendance - 16700

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 10 2
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 9 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 71-57 40-26 31-31 W2
Pittsburgh 68-60 38-26 30-34 L2

Recap


Cardinals 4, Pirates 3:
Matt Holliday drilled a tiebreaking opposite-field homer as visiting St. Louis won the opener of a three-game series.

Holliday led off the sixth with a blast off A.J. Burnett that landed well into the right-field stands and Yadier Molina added a sacrifice fly later in the inning as the Cardinals won for the sixth time in seven games.

Play was delayed by rain for 34 minutes after Molina’s two-out sacrifice fly in the sixth and Jason Motte recorded the last four outs for his 31th save in 37 opportunities as Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in seven games.

The Cardinals increased their lead for the final wild card spot in the National League to 2 1/2 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and three over the Pirates.

Kyle Lohse (14-2) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings to win his eighth consecutive decision.

Clint Barmes had a run-scoring double in the seventh to pull Pittsburgh within 4-3 and the Pirates had two on in the eighth when Motte entered and retired Josh Harrison on an inning-ending grounder. Motte then worked a perfect ninth for his 10th four-out save of the season.

Lohse didn’t allow a hit over the first three innings before Pittsburgh bunched together three consecutive safeties, with Andrew McCutchen’s single driving in the first run. Harrison hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 2-0.

Skip Schumaker doubled into the left-center field gap to get St. Louis on the board in the fifth. He scored on Lohse’s bouncing single up the middle.

Burnett (15-5) allowed four runs (three earned) and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cardinals 3B David Freese (wrist) missed his third straight game but hopes to return Tuesday. … Pirates 2B Neil Walker was scratched with back tightness. … Holliday went 2-for-4 and is 14-for-31 with nine RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak. … Pittsburgh 3B Pedro Alvarez went 2-for-4 and is batting .347 against the Cardinals this season.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Pittsburgh
Kyle Lohse Player A.J. Burnett
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 5.2
3 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 7
3.60 ERA 4.76
Hitting
St. Louis   Pittsburgh
Skip Schumaker Player Clint Barmes
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 3
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 10 1 18 .286 14 6 4 1 0 2
Pittsburgh 9 0 10 .257 13 5 3 0 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against St. Louis. The Pirates have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .567 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .557 after a win and .552 after a loss.