The St. Louis Cardinals salvaged the final game of a three-game series in Pittsburgh with a 7-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
The Cards moved back into a first-place tie with the Bucs by jumping on spot starter Kris Johnson (0-2; 7.88 ERA) for five runs in two-plus innings. St. Louis outhit Pittsburgh 12-6, and Matt Holliday and David Freese both drove home two runs.
Newcomers Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau and John Buck combined for four of the six Pittsburgh hits, with Byrd going 2-for-3, and Byrd and Buck providing the RBI’s.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (7-3; 2.82 ERA) earned the win, allowing only one run and four hits over six innings, striking out five Pirates batters, hitting one and walking two.
A.J. Burnett threw a four-hitter over seven innings in a7-1 win for the Pirates over the Cards on Saturday night. Burnett (7-9; 3.09 ERA) allowed only one run, struck out six hitters and walked one.
Meanwhile, Russell Martin punched a three-run home run, Walker recorded three hits and drove home a run, and Byrd and Jose Tabata both went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Burnett also contributed an RBI single.
Carloos Beltran drove home the lone St. Louis run. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn (13-9; 4.29 ERA) lasted only four innings, surrendered seven runs and ten hits, struck out four batters and walked three.