Cards outlast Pirates in marathon at Busch Stadium

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Updated: August 14, 2013

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – In a game filled with wasted opportunities,
it was one huge error in the ninth inning that opened the door for the St.
Louis Cardinals.

They capitalized on Starling Marte’s dropped fly ball and then Jon Jay slid
home safely on Adron Chambers’ single in the 14th inning to give the Cardinals
a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the start of a big three-game series
at Busch Stadium.

Jay hit a ball that was deflected off shortstop Clint Barmes and into center
field. He then stole second before Chambers sliced a hit to left field. After
two bounces, Marte’s throw home was a bit up the first-base side and catcher
Russell Martin was unable to apply the tag in time.

St. Louis, which won despite leaving 17 men on base, pulled within two games
of the Pirates for first place in the NL Central.

Marte dropped what would have been a routine fly ball to left field by Daniel
Descalso in the ninth inning. It would have been the second out. Descalso,
though later scored the tying run on Allen Craig’s two-out single to right
field.

Both teams had several chances to score in extra innings, but the Cardinals
won their second in a row following a four-game skid.