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National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Pittsburgh



(Monday, October 7th)

Final Score: St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals continued an old habit of staying alive with their backs to the wall, thanks to Michael Wacha coming up huge in the biggest game of his young career.

The rookie took a no-hitter into the eighth in a stellar 7 1/3-inning, nine- strikeout performance that led the Cardinals to a season-saving 2-1 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

"We did a lot of gushing about him before we even got him out there today, and I think everybody sees why," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. "I don't know if you can put a kid in a tougher spot. He came out and just made pitches all day long. He's just got a knack of getting up there and [being] very business-like getting the job done."

Wacha (1-0), who came within an out of no-hitting Washington in his final regular-season start on Sept. 24, had his bid broken up by Pedro Alvarez's solo homer that cut Pittsburgh's deficit to 2-1. The 2012 first-round pick then put the tying run aboard by walking Russell Martin, but the Cardinals got big efforts from two other kid pitchers to take the series back to Busch Stadium for Wednesday's deciding Game 5.

Fellow rookie Carlos Martinez protected the one-run edge in the eighth before 23-year-old Trevor Rosenthal closed it out with a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals, who received an MLB-best 36 victories from rookie hurlers en route to the NL Central title, are now 7-1 in postseason elimination games over the past three years.

"I think you take high-talent and high-character people that are motivated and support each other, and they don't give up. That's a tough combination," said Matheny of his team. "It's just an honor to watch them do the thing day-in and day-out."

St. Louis survived despite managing just three hits, but one was a homer from Matt Holliday off Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton that broke a scoreless deadlock in the top of the sixth. Holliday had a single earlier in the contest.

Morton (0-1) lasted 5 2/3 innings, surrendering all three hits and walking four.

"Charlie pitched extremely well," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle remarked. "I think the cowboys say, 'he drew a tough bull today'."

Both starting pitchers were in top form during the game's early stages, with Holliday's first-inning single the only hit by either side over the opening four frames.

St. Louis put forth the first threat of the afternoon in the fifth, as David Freese drew a one-out walk and Pete Kozma followed with a single before both advanced a base on Wacha's successful sacrifice. However, Morton was able to strike out Matt Carpenter -- a .388 hitter with runners in scoring position during the regular season -- on a curveball to keep the game scoreless.

The Cardinals did break through an inning later. After Morton walked Carlos Beltran on four pitches to begin the sixth, Holliday hammered a 2-2 pitch well over the center-field wall to stake St. Louis to a 2-0 lead.

Pittsburgh hadn't even had a baserunner to that point, with Wacha setting down 15 consecutive batters until issuing a leadoff walk to Martin in the bottom of the sixth. Martin remained at first as the young righty racked up two more strikeouts to keep his no-hit bid intact.

"I was just trying to keep going out there and throw up zeros," said Wacha. "That's my job is to go out there and try to win ballgames and keep our team in the game."

Wacha breezed through the heart of the Pirates' lineup in the seventh, needing just eight pitches to retire the side in order, then fanned Marlon Byrd to start Pittsburgh's half of the eighth.

He fell behind the dangerous Alvarez, however, and grooved a low fastball into the NL co-home run champion's power zone that cleared the bleachers and landed onto the riverwalk behind right center.

Another walk to Martin ended Wacha's afternoon and worked the PNC Park crowd into a further frenzy, but the excitement was dampened when Jose Tabata swung through a Martinez fastball on a hit-and-run attempt and pinch-runner Josh Harrison was gunned down by Yadier Molina at second. Martinez struck out Tabata two pitches later to end the inning.

Pittsburgh again had the tying run aboard when Rosenthal walked Neil Walker with two out in the ninth, but Rosenthal got MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen to pop up to second to extend the series.

Game Notes

Morton fell to 0-7 in his last eight starts against St. Louis, with the Pirates dropping each of those contests ... Wacha held the Pirates to two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 9-2 Cardinals' win at Busch Stadium on Sept. 8 ... Alvarez's homer was his third of the series, and he's driven in at least one run in all four games ... St. Louis improved to 5-1 all-time in NLDS Game 4's ... Holliday is 10-for-28 with two homers and seven RBI lifetime against Morton ... Walker finished 0-for-3 and is hitless in 16 at-bats in the series ... The Cardinals will send out Game 1 winner Adam Wainwright in Wednesday's matchup, with Hurdle tabbing rookie Gerrit Cole for the start.

10/08 01:46:17 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
PHI 45
CHA 60
 
2nd
PHI 45
CHA 60
 
2nd
ORL 35
UTA 44
 
1st
CLE 13
BRK 23
 
1st
BOS 16
MIN 15
 
1st
DET 25
TOR 20
 
1st
MIA 18
WAS 15
 
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MEM
CHI
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SAN
POR
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DEN
LAC
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LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
2nd
RAD 68
SIENA 58
 
Half
BUCK 38
CASEWEST 36
 
Half
LIB 51
CPNC 35
 
Half
SCAR 28
CLEM 30
 
Half
CMICH 51
CONC 28
 
Half
MIAMI 25
EKENT 27
 
Half
GWEBB 52
HIWASSEE 34
 
Half
ODU 31
MDES 26
 
1st
BUF 34
NIAG 26
 
Half
KSU 32
NCAT 25
 
Half
FAM 21
UNF 38
 
2nd
NORST 40
NARZ 22
 
Half
DART 33
NILL 19
 
Half
MORE 27
NKENTUCKY 49
 
Half
UCSB 34
SDCHR 18
 
1st
STJ 16
GAELS 31
 
1st
ALA 34
STILL 21
 
Half
HAMP 29
TENST 24
 
Half
TENN 26
TENT 32
 
Half
WMARY 46
WSHMD 16
 
1st
MERC 19
COOK 5
 
1st
FLGC 13
FUR 14
 
1st
CALST 13
SDKST 18
 
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MTST
CHAT
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NDAK
DICKINSON
 
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LAMON
LSUALEX
 
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PRIN
LIP
 
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LAM
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MINN
SEAT
 
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LOYC
SUTAH
 
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SILL
NO
 
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CAL
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ARZ
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CHAM
HAW
 
1st Intermission
NJD 2
TAM 0
 
1st
OTT 2
ANA 0
 
1st
DET 1
NYI 0
 
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WIN
BOS
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CAL
DAL