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Wong gives Cards second straight walkoff win over Pirates

Coverage of today's Cards and Pirates game can be heard on Newstalk 97.3 WTIM beginning at 6:40pm.

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Kolten Wong opened the scoring with a two- 
run  double and ended the game with a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth 
to  send the  St. Louis Cardinals to  a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on 
Tuesday at Busch Stadium. 

Wong belted a 3-2 pitch from Ernesto Frieri (1-1) over the wall in right field 
to  give  the Cardinals their second  straight walkoff win. Matt Adams was the 
hero on Monday with a two-run homer in the ninth. 

"When I hit it, I knew it was gone," said Wong. "For a moment I forgot to run. 
Just excited  to get  home and  be the  guy jumping  into the  dog pile.  It's 
something I'll always remember." 

It's  the first  time the Cardinals have had consecutive game-ending home runs 
since Albert Pujols twice beat the Chicago Cubs on June 4-5, 2011. 

Matt  Holliday doubled  home two runs for  the Cardinals, who have won five of 
their  last  seven. Wong's blast made  a winner of Trevor Rosenthal (1-4), who 
worked around a hit and a walk in the top of the ninth. 

Pedro  Alvarez  and Andrew  McCutchen each hit  two-run homers for Pittsburgh, 
which  had  won three straight  before suffering heartbreaking defeats each of 
the last two nights. 

"It's not the first time  we've had two tough losses  and it probably won't be 
the last time,"  said  Pirates manager  Clint Hurdle.  "One swing  of the  bat 
changed the game. You shower up and get ready to play tomorrow." 

Vance  Worley  started for the Pirates  and surrendered four runs on nine hits 
with  three  strikeouts in  five innings.  Carlos Martinez  went the first six 
innings  for St. Louis  and yielded four runs on eight hits with two walks and 
six strikeouts. 

The Cardinals  opened the scoring in  the second with a two-out rally. Worley 
retired  the first five batters he faced, but Jhonny Peralta stroked a two-out 
single  and went to third on a base hit by Oscar Taveras. Wong followed with a 
drive to the gap in right-center field for a two-run double. 

Pittsburgh  put  two on with two  outs in the  third, but Neil Walker flied to 
center.  The Pirates,  though, tied it in the fourth on Alvarez's 100th career 
homer. Ike Davis drew a walk in front of Alvarez, who drilled a pitch over the 
wall in right-center field for his 14th home run of the season. 

McCutchen  gave the  Pirates the lead in  the fifth with his 14th homer of the 
year.  He crushed a shot over the wall in right field that also scored Gregory 
Polanco, who led off the inning with his third single of the game. 

Walker followed McCutchen's blast with a triple, but was picked off third on a 
sharp throw from catcher Yadier Molina. The play was reviewed and upheld. 

St.  Louis responded  immediately with two in  the bottom of the inning to tie 
it.  Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay each singled with one out and both scored on a 
double to left-center by Holliday. 

"He  was up in  the zone more than in the previous outings and wasn't as sharp 
in the strike zone," Hurdle noted about Worley. "His overall command wasn't as 
sharp." 

The  Pirates had  an opportunity  against Rosenthal  in the  ninth when  Jordy 
Mercer  singled  with one out  and pinch-hitter  Josh Harrison followed with a 
walk.  Polanco then  flied  to shallow  center and  Starling  Marte went  down 
swinging. 

Pittsburgh finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position after an 0-for-10 
performance in Monday's 2-0 loss. 

"We  haven't been  getting them the last two nights," Hurdle said about clutch 
hits. "You keep sending your guys up there and grind out quality at-bats." 

                                   Game Notes 

Carpenter  finished  2-for-4 and snapped  an 0-for-10 skid with a first-inning 
infield single ... Adams was 1-for-3 and has eight hits in last 13 at-bats. He 
has  a  six-game hitting streak  ... Walker extended  his hitting streak to 10 
games,  his  second double-digit streak  of the season.  He hit in 11 straight 
from  May 20-30  ... Hurdle said lefty Francisco Liriano, sidelined since June 
11  with a  strained oblique, is expected  to make a start before the All-Star 
break,  likely  this weekend  in Cincinnati ...  Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole will 
likely  be  placed on the  disabled list Wednesday because  of a lat injury to 
make  room  for Brandon Cumpton, who  is expected to be recalled from Triple-A 
Indianapolis to make the start against the Cardinals. 

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