Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 3

Date - Saturday, April 27, 2013 4:15 PM
Location - Busch Stadium
Temperature - 53°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Lazaro Diaz, Third Base - Tim Timmons,
Attendance - 40909

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 11 0
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 14-10 8-4 6-6 W1
St. Louis 14-9 5-3 9-6 L1

Recap


Pirates 5, Cardinals 3
: Russell Martin hit a game-tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and later doubled and scored as visiting Pittsburgh rallied after St. Louis pulled starter Jake Westbrook.

Westbrook tossed six scoreless innings but watched as the bullpen gave away his chance at career win No. 100. Martin homered off Joe Kelly (0-1) in the seventh and Andrew McCutchen later drew a bases-loaded walk against Trevor Rosenthal to snap the 2-2 tie.

The seventh-inning rally made a winner of A.J. Burnett (2-2), who allowed two runs in six innings. Tony Watson worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh, Mark Melancon survived a leadoff double in the eighth and Jason Grilli allowed an RBI double to Carlos Beltran in the ninth before securing his league-leading 10th save.

Westbrook stranded runners in four innings and got an inning-ending double play in the fifth. Although he had thrown an average of 109 pitches in his first three starts, he was lifted after just 91 in this one and the Pirates took advantage right away.

After Pedro Alvarez singled and Martin homered to tie it, Pittsburgh loaded the bases on a base hit, a walk and a hit batter before Rosenthal walked McCutchen and Garrett Jones had an RBI groundout to make it 4-2. Martin doubled and scored in the eighth to make it a three-run margin as the Pirates won for the seventh time in nine games.

GAME NOTEBOOK
: The Pirates have outscored opponents from the seventh inning on by a whopping 39-17 margin. ... Westbrook had walked 14 while striking out just eight in his first three starts. He fanned six against zero walks in this one. ... Pittsburgh LHP Jonathan Sanchez was suspended six games for hitting Cardinals 1B Allen Craig with a pitch in the first inning Friday night. Sanchez had served up two home runs and a single to start the game before plunking Craig and drawing an immediate ejection.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   St. Louis
A.J. Burnett Player Jake Westbrook
Win W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 6.0
6 Strikeouts 6
5 Hits 6
3.00 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Pittsburgh   St. Louis
Clint Barmes Player Carlos Beltran
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
.667 Avg .400

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 11 1 15 .306 16 8 5 4 0 0
St. Louis 8 0 12 .235 17 10 2 4 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .778 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Pirates have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .700 after a loss.