Pit 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 6
Stl 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Date of game: 4/26/2014

Recap: St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Gaby Sanchez delivered a two-run double to highlight a breakout fourth inning for Pittsburgh, and the Pirates overcame an early exit from Francisco Liriano to produce a 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and end a four-game skid.

Liriano tossed two-plus scoreless frames before being removed due to flu-like symptoms, but Stolmy Pimentel and Jared Hughes combined for four innings of one-run ball. Pittsburgh's struggling offense finally got on track in the fourth, scoring four times on four hits that also included RBI singles from Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata.

"I just felt dizzy, just weak and dizzy," Liriano said of leaving the game early.

Tony Sanchez added a two-run single later on for a Pirates team that had mustered just four runs total during the losing streak and had a mere four hits in dropping Friday's opener of this three-game set by a 1-0 count.

Pimentel (2-0) received the win after permitting one run over 2 2/3 innings in relief of Liriano.

St. Louis starter Tyler Lyons (0-2) retired nine straight hitters to begin the contest and concluded his six-inning stint with eight consecutive outs, but was hit hard during a six-batter stretch in the fourth that was the difference in the game.

"With the exception of that one inning, everything went pretty well," Lyons said, referring to his undoing in the fourth. "But the one inning, that's a killer."

Lyons walked Starling Marte and allowed a single to Josh Harrison before McCutchen laced a hard single to left to break a scoreless deadlock. Gaby Sanchez then drove a fastball deep into the right-center field gap to plate both runners and extend the lead to 3-0.

After Lyons got Neil Walker to ground out, Tabata singled through a drawn-in infield to knock in Gaby Sanchez for another run.

Pimentel put himself in a jam in the fifth, walking Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta in succession prior to surrendering a double to Matt Holliday that got St. Louis on the board. The right-hander came up with a big strikeout of Matt Adams, however, before Hughes entered and induced an inning-ending flyout off the bat of Yadier Molina.

The Cardinals put forth a mild threat in the seventh, with Peralta doubling off Justin Wilson with one out but he was left stranded after the Pittsburgh southpaw got both Holliday and Adams to line out.

Pittsburgh put the game out of reach courtesy of Tony Sanchez's two-out single in the ninth that brought home pinch-hitter Ike Davis and Tabata, who had reached on a walk and single, respectively, off Eric Fornataro and were moved up on a groundout.

Game Notes

Tabata finished 3-for-4 ... Molina had a 15-game hitting streak end after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts ... Tony Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game to take the place of catcher Russell Martin, who strained his hamstring in Friday's loss and was placed on the disabled list ... The Cardinals have scored just 10 runs while dropping five of seven.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.