The St. Louis Cardinals could get used to these late home runs.
A day after Matt Adams’ long ball gave St. Louis a ninth-inning win, Kolten Wong did the same to lift the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night.
The home team struck first when Wong doubled to plate Jhonny Peralta and Oscar Taveras in the second inning. Pittsburgh tied the game on a two-run home run by Pedro Alvarez in the fourth frame, and took a 4-2 edge in the top of the fifth on a two-run shot from Andrew McCutchen. The Cardinals evened the ledger in the next half-inning on a Matt Holliday two-run double, and good bullpen work from both teams set up Wong’s dramatic deep fly.
Taveras logged his first multi-hit game in the big leagues, going 2-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored. St. Louis starting pitcher Carlos Martinez threw six innings of four-run baseball with six strikeouts, and closer Trevor Rosenthal earned the win after a scoreless ninth. Wong finished his night 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.
St. Louis looks to guarantee a series win Wednesday night, sending Lance Lynn to the mound against Brandon Cumpton of the Pirates. Pregame coverage begins at 6:20 Wednesday night on ESPN 103.1 and 1580 AM KTGR.