Cards return home to face BucsJun 29, 2012 - 2:49 PM
The Cardinals and Pirates are currently jockeying for position in the division standings, as Pittsburgh sits one game behind Cincinnati for the lead and St. Louis is only one-half game out of second place.
St. Louis went 6-3 on its recent road trip, but had a five-game winning streak stopped with Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. Tony Cruz homered and David Freese added two hits and an RBI in defeat. Joe Kelly pitched well in the start and did not record a decision with six innings of two-run ball.
Sam Freeman allowed the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to absorb the loss.
"Five consecutive wins is always a positive," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "They guys need to remember that. That was a good run."
Hoping to get the Cardinals back on track Friday will be Adam Wainwright. He has won four of his last six decisions and pitched well in his previous outing, an 8-2 win at Kansas City on Saturday. Wainwright held the Royals to two runs in seven innings to improve to 6-7 in 15 starts with a 4.32 ERA.
Wainwright, a right-hander, defeated Pittsburgh on May 1 this season and yielded four runs in seven innings of a 10-7 victory. He is 8-3 with a 4.79 ERA in 18 career meetings (14 starts) with the Pirates.
St. Louis will also entertain Colorado and Miami on the residency. Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is one hit away from 2,000 in his career. He also needs one home run for 200 in the National League.
Meanwhile, the Pirates split a four-game series in Philadelphia to begin a seven-game road trip and recorded a 5-4 win Thursday afternoon.
Pittsburgh set the tone early with five runs in the first inning, as Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer and Pedro Alvarez clubbed a solo homer in the decisive opening frame. Garrett Jones had two hits and an RBI for the Pirates, winners in eight of their last 12 games.
The five runs were enough to give A.J. Burnett the win, as he limited the Phillies to three runs in 6 2/3 innings for his eighth straight win. Joel Hanrahan later posted his 20th save in the ninth inning.
Pittsburgh will send Kevin Correia to the mound Friday and he is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA over his last two starts. Correia did not figure into the decision of a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Sunday and permitted a pair of runs and six hits in six innings of work.
Correia, who is just 3-6 in 14 starts with a 4.03 ERA, will try to even his career record against the Cardinals tonight. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 13 career games, six of which have been starts, against St. Louis.
The Pirates have lost four of six matchups with St. Louis this season and 10 of the past 14 meetings in this series.
- PITTSBURGH: 14
ST. LOUIS: 5
Jun 29 11:26 PM
- Casey McGehee grounded out short to first. None on with two outs and Neil Walker due up.
Pirates 14, Cardinals 5 Top 9, 2 OutsJun 29 11:14 PM
- Pedro Alvarez walked Jose Tabata scored on the play. Bases loaded with one out and Rod Barajas due up.
Pirates 11, Cardinals 5 Top 8, 1 OutJun 29 10:55 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Casey McGehee single to center scored Brad Lincoln with none out. On the play, Andrew McCutchen advances to second and Jose Tabata advances to third. Bases loaded and Neil Walker due up.
Pirates 10, Cardinals 5 Top 8, 0 OutsJun 29 10:54 PM
- Garrett Jones two-out, two-run Home Run (10) to right scored Andrew McCutchen. Neil Walker due up.
Pirates 9, Cardinals 5 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 29 10:12 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Alex Presley none out, solo Home Run (6) to right center. Drew Sutton due up.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 5 Top 6, 0 OutsJun 29 10:04 PM
- Rod Barajas flied out to left to end the inning.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 5 Mid 5Jun 29 9:49 PM
- David Freese grounded out second to first to end the inning.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 5 End 3Jun 29 9:20 PM
- Carlos Beltran single to left scored Rafael Furcal with one out. On the play, Jon Jay advances to second. Runners on first and second and Allen Craig due up.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 2 Bot 3, 1 OutJun 29 9:14 PM
- David Freese grounded out short to first scoring Allen Craig with two out. None on and Daniel Descalso due up.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsJun 29 8:49 PM
- Neil Walker single to center scored Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen with two out. Runner on first and Pedro Alvarez due up.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 29 8:23 PM
- PITTSBURGH: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 29 8:16 PM
- Cardinals down Brewers 7:58p
- Alvarez homers, Pittsburgh pitches past Houston 6:41p
- Lohse hopes to deliver series win for Brewers in St. Louis 9:54a
- Locke eyes a win in rubber match against Astros 9:26a
- Brewers top Cardinals in 10 innings Sun
- Astros edge Pirates in 11 innings Sun
- Cardinals' Garcia heading to DL Sat
- Cardinals' Garcia heading to DL Sat
- Lynn shoots for seventh win of year against Brewers Sat
- Burnett hopes to add to Astros' woes Sat
- Streaking Pirates best Astros on 9th-inning error Sat
- Freese helps Cardinals outslug Brewers Sat