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Michaels gives Pirates thrilling win over Cardinals in 10

Jul 13, 2008 - 4:55 AM PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- One swing ended a wild night at PNC Park.

Jason Michaels belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete a thrilling comeback as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the St. Louis Cardinals, 12-11, on Saturday.

Michaels' shot off Chris Perez (2-1) with one out was his first career walk-off homer and first game-winning RBI since June 19, 2002 against the Chicago White Sox while with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It was a weird game," Michaels said. "It was one of those games, you keep going up. You don't want to make a stupid out. We just couldn't get anything going. But we just hung around, battled long enough, and ended up getting ourselves in the position to eventually win the game."

The Pirates scored nine runs over their last four innings and overcame Troy Glaus' go-ahead solo homer in the top of the 10th off Denny Bautista (3-1). They erased a six-run deficit and scored four times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.

It was just one of the games that got away, but I give the Pirates credit," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "We know they always play nine innings and sometimes 10. It was unfortunate that we got beat in a game we scored 11 runs. That's the most unfortunate part."

All-Star Nate McLouth launched a three-run homer off Jason Isringhausen, who immediately was lifted for Kyle McClellan. Luis Rivas and Ryan Doumit delivered back-to-back singles before Jason Bay plated the tying run with a grounder.

"It's just part of baseball," Isringhausen said. "If you throw it up there it up there a few times, you're going to hit. I went in with a four-run lead and I gave up three, so it's my fault for doing that. I made a bad pitch to McLouth who's having a good year. What are you going to do?"

Bay also blasted a two-run homer in the eighth that cut the deficit to 10-6.

"We like to play extra innings," Bay said. "And given our record, we should play more. That was one of the more amazing games I've ever been involved. And it was something I'll never forget."

Cardinals relievers have now combined for 20 losses this season and lead the major leagues with 22 blown saves.

"It was one of the games we really got at it," Pittsburgh manager John Russell said. "It looked at times we really got outplayed. It looked at times we got really got outpitched. But we scored more runs. It's hard to explain, but I think the biggest thing is these guys never quit."

Ryan Ludwick collected three hits - including a two-run homer - and four RBI for St. Louis, which scored in six straight innings and had seven players with multi-hit efforts.

The Cardinals surpassed their season high in hits and were in control for the majority of the game. Pirates starter Yoslan Herrera, who was making his major league debut, was tagged for six runs and 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

"It doesn't feel wasted," St. Louis infielder Aaron Miles said. "It's just a reminder that this game is never done until it's over. You don't take it for granted. There's no time limit, you can't run out the clock."

In the third, Yadier Molina gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead - one it would not relinquish until the ninth - with an RBI single.

Rick Ankiel, who went 2-for-5, left in the seventh inning with an injured left ankle. He suffered the injury while falling in the batter's box after hitting a grounder to shortstop that ended the top of the seventh.






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    FINAL 10
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    - - - - - - - - -
    ST LOUIS 0 0 3 2 1 2 1 1 0
    PITTSBURGH 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 4
    10 R H E
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    ST LOUIS 1 11 22 0
    PITTSBURGH 2 12 13 0 (FINAL 10)

    BATTERIES: STL

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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON MICHAELS (4) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 10TH OFF CHRIS PEREZ SCORED RAUL CHAVEZ.
    FINAL SCORE: PITTSBURGH 12, ST LOUIS 11

    Cardinals 11, Pirates 12  Bot 10, 0 OutsJul 12 10:42 PM
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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TROY GLAUS (14) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    10TH OFF DENNY BAUTISTA.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 11, PITTSBURGH 10
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: K MCCLELLAN (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Cardinals 11, Pirates 10  Top 10, 0 OutsJul 12 10:25 PM
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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY JASON BAY SCORED LUIS RIVAS.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J BAY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 10
    PITTSBURGH 10 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.318, 1-FOR-4)

    Cardinals 10, Pirates 10  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:20 PM
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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY NATE MCLOUTH (19) TO CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF JASON ISRINGHAUSEN SCORED JASON MICHAELS AND JACK
    WILSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 10, PITTSBURGH 9
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: L RIVAS (.246, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    Cardinals 10, Pirates 9  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 12 10:10 PM
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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JASON BAY (19) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF RYAN FRANKLIN SCORED LUIS RIVAS.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 10, PITTSBURGH 6
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.315, 0-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 10, Pirates 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 12 9:47 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOE MATHER SCORED TROY GLAUS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J MATHER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 10
    PITTSBURGH 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C IZTURIS (.243, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE BAUTISTA SCORED ADAM LAROCHE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BAUTISTA ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 9
    PITTSBURGH 4 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: S BURNETT (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RYAN LUDWICK SCORED AARON MILES.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R LUDWICK ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 9
    PITTSBURGH 3 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.354, 2-FOR-3, SF, RBI)

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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TROY GLAUS SCORED RICK ANKIEL.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T GLAUS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 8
    PITTSBURGH 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: C DUNCAN (.244, 1-FOR-3)

    Cardinals 8, Pirates 3  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 12 8:54 PM


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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R ANKIEL ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 7
    PITTSBURGH 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: T GLAUS (.264, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

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    SINGLE BY ADAM KENNEDY SCORED YADIER MOLINA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A KENNEDY ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 6
    PITTSBURGH 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A MILES (.310, 1-FOR-2, BB)

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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM LAROCHE (11) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF TODD WELLEMEYER.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5, PITTSBURGH 3
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.261, 10 HR, 39 RBI)

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    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN LUDWICK (20) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF YOSLAN HERRERA SCORED AARON MILES.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 5, PITTSBURGH 2
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.349, 0-FOR-1, SF, RBI)

    Cardinals 5, Pirates 2  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 12 8:10 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY YADIER MOLINA SCORED RICK ANKIEL.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, Y MOLINA ON FIRST, T GLAUS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 3
    PITTSBURGH 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: T WELLEMEYER (.143, 0-FOR-1)

    Cardinals 3, Pirates 2  Top 3, 0 OutsJul 12 7:52 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALBERT PUJOLS SCORED RYAN LUDWICK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 2
    PITTSBURGH 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: R ANKIEL (.268, 0-FOR-1)

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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R LUDWICK ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 1
    PITTSBURGH 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ST LOUIS: A PUJOLS (.349, 0-FOR-1)

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    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF TODD WELLEMEYER SCORED NATE MCLOUTH.
    CURRENT SCORE: ST LOUIS 0, PITTSBURGH 2
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.319, 12 HR, 55 RBI)

    Cardinals 0, Pirates 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 12 7:20 PM
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