Pirates' big seventh inning beats Cardinals

News-DemocratApril 27, 2013 

— Russell Martin's two-run homer against Joe Kelly highlighted a four-run seventh inning Saturday that lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates to a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at rainy Busch Stadium.

How it went

Pete Kozma's RBI single against A.J. Burnett (2-2) put the Cardinals ahead 2-0 in the sixth. But Kelly (0-1), who relieved Jake Westbrook to open the seventh, allowed a leadoff single to Pedro Alvarez. Martin connected on Kelly's next pitch, driving it 404 feet over the wall in right to make it 2-2. Clint Barmes then walked, and after pinch-hitter James McDonald struck out on a fouled two-strike bunt, Starling Marte walked. Trevor Rosenthal relieved and hit Jose Tabata with a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. Rosenthal then walked Andrew McCutchen on a 3-2 pitch to force in Barmes with the go-ahead run. Garrett Jones' groundout to second extended the lead to 4-2. The Pirates tacked on another run in the eighth against Mark Rzepczynski on pinch-hitter Gaby Sanchez's sacrifice fly.

By the numbers

Westbrook threw six shutout innings and allowed six hits, walked none and struck out six. ... Westbrook has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings and allowed 11 hits --10 of them singles --in two starts at Busch Stadium this season. ... Burnett allowed two runs (earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out six. ... The Pirates used two pitchers, McDonald and Wandy Rodriguez, as pinch-hitters. Rodriguez singled in the ninth. ... After Westbrook exited, Pittsburgh had 10 baserunners against five Cardinals relievers. ... Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for the Pirates, posting his 10th save. ... Jermaine Curtis struck out for the Cardinals in the ninth as a pinch-hitter in his major-league debut. ... Carlos Beltran drove in the Cardinals' final run with a ninth-inning double.

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