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Adams' blast in 9th lifts Cards past 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) -  Matt Adams had  two of St. Louis' three 
hits, including a walk-off, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to 
lift  the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener 
of a four-game set. 

Matt  Carpenter worked a leadoff walk against Justin Wilson (2-1) in the ninth 
before  Adams  smacked his two-run shot  down the right-field line two batters 
later  to  vault the Cardinals past  the Pirates  for second  place in the NL 

"Able  to  get Adams to  do something special,  we needed that. Great at-bat," 
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. 

Pat Neshek (3-0) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to get the win. 

The  Pirates loaded the bases with two outs against Sam Freeman in the eighth, 
but  the  lefty got pinch-hitter Gregory  Polanco to wave at a sweeping slider 
for strike three the end the threat. 

Adam Wainwright, who was attempting to become the first NL pitcher to reach 12 
wins,  struck  out five,  allowed  seven  hits  and  walked three  over  seven 
scoreless  innings for  the Cardinals,  who have  won four  of their  past six 

Charlie Morton fanned five, surrendered just one hit and walked two over seven 
scoreless  innings  for Pittsburgh, which had  won six of its last seven tilts 
coming in. 

"He  had nasty  stuff today,"  Pirates manager  Clint Hurdle  said of  Morton. 
"Today was all about the sinker." 

The  Pirates were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on 

Pittsburgh  put runners  on  the corners  with  one away  in  the fourth,  but 
Wainwright  struck out  Pedro Alvarez for the second out. A wild pitch allowed 
Ike Davis to advance to second, but Wainwright got Jordy Mercer to pop out and 
keep the game scoreless. 

The Cardinals recorded their first hit in the opening frame, but didn't tally 
another one until the eighth. 

                                   Game Notes 

The Cardinals  finished 0-for-2  with runners in  scoring position ... Adams' 
homer  was  his 10th of  the season ...  The start of  the game was delayed 47 
minutes due to rain before there was another stoppage for 11 minutes. 

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