Pirates defeat Cardinals 5-3, take 2-1 lead in NLDS

News-DemocratOctober 6, 2013 

Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin had RBI singles against rookie reliever Kevin Siegrist in the eighth inning Sunday to give Pittsburgh a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Division Series at PNC Park.

Andrew McCutchen led off the eighth with a double to left against losing pitcher Carlos Martinez, but McCutchen was thrown out at third on Justin Morneau's grounder to shortstop Pete Kozma.

Josh Harrison pinch-ran for Morneau, and Marlon Byrd then walked to put runners at first and second.

Siegrist was summoned from the bullpen to face the left-handed-hitting Alvarez, who foiled Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's strategy with a single to right to score Harrison and give the Pirates a 4-3 lead. Martin then singled to left to make it 5-3.

Jason Grilli pitched around a leadoff single to Matt Adams in the ninth to record the save.

Game 4 will be at 2:07 p.m. Monday in Pittsburgh, with the Cardinals needing a victory to avoid elimination. Rookie Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78 ERA in the regular season) will pitch for St. Louis against the Pirates' Charlie Morton (7-4, 3.26 ERA).

Carlos Beltran clubbed his 16th career postseason home run, a leadoff shot in the eighth against winning pitcher Mark Melancon, to draw the Cardinals into a 3-3 tie.

Beltran pounced on Melancon's cutter and drove it deep into right-center as the Cardinals rallied for the second time in the game.

The Pirates took a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

McCutchen walked to lead off the inning against Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, who made his first postseason start. After Morneau flied out to left, Byrd doubled to left as McCutchen took third.

Alvarez was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Seth Maness relieved Kelly. Martin hit Maness' first pitch for a sacrifice fly to center to put the Pirates on top.

Beltran grounded a two-run single to left-center against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano with two outs in the fifth as the Cardinals pulled into a 2-2 tie.

Jon Jay led off the inning with a single and Kozma walked. After Kelly struck out attempting to sacrifice, Matt Carpenter looked at strike three as the Cardinals successfully executed a double steal. Beltran then rolled a single past the Pirates' shifted defense.

Pittsburgh drew first blood in the first. With two outs, Kelly walked McCutchen. Morneau singled off Kelly's body, and when Kozma fielded the ball and threw wildly past first, McCutchen took third and Morneau went to second.

The blunder proved costly when Byrd lined a two-run single to left field, easily plating the two runs.

Liriano was relieved by Tony Watson in the seventh. Liriano allowed two runs (earned) on three hits in six innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.

With out out in the third, Kozma doubled to left. After Kelly fanned, Carpenter was hit by a pitch and Beltran walked to clog the bases. But Matt Holliday lined out to deep right and the chance was squandered.

A nifty defensive play by first baseman Matt Adams got the Cardinals out of a minor pinch in the third.

McCutchen singled with one out before Morneau lined out to Adams, who tagged McCutchen as he attempted to slide safely back into first base.

Kelly enjoyed his best inning in the fourth when he got Byrd on a grounder and struck out Alvarez and Martin.

Kelly lasted 5 1/3 innings, yielding three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked four and struck out five.

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