Bucs lose in 14th to Cardinals

From Mirror, wire reports

ST. LOUIS – Adron Chambers singled home the winning run in the 14th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates and cut into their NL Central lead with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

Sam Freeman (1-0) allowed a walk in a scoreless 14th for the Cardinals, who saddled the Pirates with their fourth straight loss and pulled within two games of them with a win in the 4-hour, 55-minute game.

Pittsburgh had four hits the first time through the order against Adam Wainwright and led 3-0 after two innings on homers by Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer. They had six hits the rest of the way.

Both teams had chances in extra innings before the Cardinals, who had dropped four of five, cashed in.

Jon Jay singled off Jared Hughes (2-3) with one out in the 14th with his fourth hit. Jay stole second and then raced home and beat left fielder Starling Marte’s throw.

A costly error by Marte in the ninth inning led to the tying run scoring, then the Bucs and Cardinals played deep into the night.

The Pirates led 3-2 entering the ninth, but with one out, Marte dropped a routine fly ball by David Descalso, who wound up at second base. Allen Craig then delivered a game-tying RBI single with two outs off Mark Melancon.

Pirates reliever Vin Mazzaro got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the 10th inning to keep the game tied, and reliever Jeanmar Gomez stranded the go-ahead run at third base with an inning-ending double play in the 11th.

McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Pirates, who made it 3-0 in the second on a solo homer by Jordy Mercer. The Cardinals scored two runs in the sixth off Pirates starter Charlie Morton to pull within 3-2.

Philipsburg-Osceola product Matt Adams had a chance to tie the game for the Cardinals in the eighth inning as he pinch hit with a runner at third. Adams hit a liner into short right field, but the Pirates had a shift on, with second baseman Neil Walker playing in shallow right and making a leaping catch to rob Adams of a hit.