Pit 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
Stl 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 X 5
Date of game: 9/1/2014

Recap: St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday came through in the clutch yet again on Monday, helping the St. Louis Cardinals take down the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series that could help determine the National League Central playoff picture.

The Cardinals trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Kolten Wong, who didn't start the game after injuring his head on Sunday, hit a two-run homer to right to tie the game. Jon Jay then tripled, spelling the end of Gerrit Cole's outing.

John Axford took his place on the mound and walked Oscar Taveras to bring up Holliday, who ripped a grounder through the hole on the left side to plate Jay.

The base hit gave Holliday his third RBI of the contest. The slugger drove in five runs in Saturday's rout of the Cubs and four more on Sunday, including the game-winning two-run single in the eighth. He has 16 RBI in his last eight games.

The Cardinals, who entered the day tied with Milwaukee for first place in the division, extended their lead over the Pirates to three games. The Brewers are also a game back now after falling to the Cubs.

"Whenever you're in first place it means a lot, especially this time of year," Cardinals starter Lance Lynn said. "We're there the first of the month, so hopefully we're be there at the end of the month."

Lynn gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings for the Cards, winners in three straight following a four-game slide. Seth Maness (6-3) picked up the win after finishing the seventh inning. Trevor Rosenthal nailed down his 41st save with a clean ninth.

Cole (7-5) surrendered five runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

"I thought (Cole) pitched a great game," Pirates catcher Russell Martin said.

Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer, while he and Josh Harrison each had two hits and two runs. Neil Walker drove in two in the setback.

Harrison led off the game with a single and McCutchen put the duo in scoring position with his ground-rule double. Walker gave the Pirates an early 2-0 lead with his two-bagger to center.

Andrew Lambo doubled home Harrison an inning later to make it 3-0, but St. Louis closed the gap in the third. Lynn singled and Taveras walked for Holliday, whose two-run double had the Cards within a run.

McCutchen's solo shot off Kevin Siegrist in the seventh made it 4-2.

Game Notes

The Cardinals are alone in first place for the first time since July 20 ... Since 2011, the Cardinals are a major-league best 53-28 in September ... Both teams had 10 hits ... Prior to the game, the Pirates recalled Gerrit Cole from Bristol of the Rookie League, activated pitcher Stolmy Pimentel from the 15- day disabled list, recalled catcher Tony Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis, selected the contract of pitcher John Holdzkom and optioned him to Indianapolis and designated first baseman Chris McGuiness for assignment.

Texas QB Ash out against BYU

Texas starting quarterback David Ash will not play in Saturday's game against BYU after sustaining a concussion in last weekend's season opener.

NASCAR News
Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers hit Canada

The series will run its 14th race of the season on Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This will be the second time the series competes in Canada. One year ago, Chase Elliott won the inaugural truck race at this 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. Wallace finished fourth.

Royals activate Hosmer

The Kansas City Royals will get their first baseman back for the season's stretch run, as the club reinstated Eric Hosmer from the 15-day disabled list as rosters expanded on Monday.

USA tested by Turkey in World Cup prelim

Kenneth Faried scored 22 points on 11- of-14 shooting and the United States pulled away down the stretch for a 98-77 win over Turkey on Day 2 of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
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.