Pirates Make Cardinals Walk Off the Plank Again, Winning 4-3

Pirates Make Cardinals Walk Off the Plank Again, Winning 4-3

Pirates Make Cardinals Walk Off the Plank Again, Winning 4-3

He is 8-2 in his last 11 starts, winning his last three. Lynn raked a run-scoring double to spark a two-out rally in the fifth as the Cardinals pulled away for a 4-0 victory. Frazier singled and scored in the bottom of the first inning and he put the icing on the Bucs' ninth-inning comeback with his liner to right-center field against Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil, plating Jordy Mercer from second base.

Yadier Molina broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning with his 10th home run of the season, but the Cardinals bullpen coughed up the lead and gave up their second walk-off hit in three games. The 25-year-old had recorded three straight quality starts before an early hook July 7 against the Chicago Cubs, as he allowed three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings and suffered his first loss since May 19. Rather than go with righty Phil Gosselin or play Freese in a day game after a night game, manager Clint Hurdle started the switch-hitting Moroff at third.

"I think it's been like that all year", Frazier said. Upon reaching the majors he struck out 37.5 percent of the time (18 times in 48 plate appearances) and hit.083 with a.196 OBP and.104 slugging percentage. Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Cardinals: Placed OF Stephen Piscotty on the 10-day DL with a strained right groin and called up OF Magneuris Sierra from Double-A Springfield. What he'll remember is his first extra-base hit as a left-handed batter since high school.

Pirates: Trevor Williams (3-4, 4.80 ERA) will make his first career start against the Cardinals. The Cardinals lead the Pirates by 1 1/2 games for third place in the National League Central as the division rivals meet in the rubber match of a three-game series.

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