Ernesto Frieri (1-4) replaced Tony Watson to start the frame and
retired the first two batters before Wong lined a 3-2 offering over
the wall in right field for his third homer of the season. Wong
finished with two hits and three RBIs, Matt Holliday drove in a pair
of runs and Trevor Rosenthal (1-4) notched the win by tossing a
scoreless top of the ninth.
Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen each hit a two-run homer for the
Pirates, who have lost the first two contests of the four-game
series after Matt Adams hit a two-out homer in the ninth Monday.
Rookie Gregory Polanco collected three hits and scored a run while
also recording his fifth stolen base.
Wong gave the Cardinals the lead in the second inning with a two-run
double, but Pittsburgh pulled even on Alvarez's 14th blast in the
fourth. McCutchen put the Pirates in front with his 14th of the
season in the fifth before Holliday delivered a two-run double in
the bottom of the inning to again knot the contest.
Neither starter was particularly effective in the battle between the
National League Central rivals. Pittsburgh's Vance Worley yielded
four runs and nine hits over five innings while St. Louis' Carlos
Martinez was tagged for four runs and eight hits in six frames.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: St. Louis RHP Pat Neshek extended his scoreless
innings streak to 11 2/3 by working a perfect eighth. ... Pittsburgh
LHP Francisco Liriano (oblique) is expected to be activated from the
disabled list and start against Cincinnati over the weekend. ...
Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia is scheduled to undergo season-ending
surgery to address symptoms related to thoracic outlet syndrome on
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