Pirates take down Cardinals with 5 runs in 2 innings

5 months 2 days 7 hours ago July 05, 2016 Jul 5, 2016 Tuesday, July 05 2016 Tuesday, July 05, 2016 9:20:00 PM CDT in Sports
By: Brendon Baker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

ST. LOUIS - The Pittsburgh Pirates scored five runs over the fifth and sixth innings and got a strong relief appearance from Juan Nicasio on their way to a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday night.

The Cardinals initially jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings of play, thanks to RBI singles from Jedd Gyorko in the 2nd inning and Matt Holliday in the 3rd inning.

The Pirates responded in the 5th inning with a pair of RBI singles by Josh Harrison and Eric Fryer to tie the game at 2-2.

Pittsburgh's offensive display continued in the 6th inning with an RBI single by former Cardinal David Freese to give the Pirates their first lead of the ballgame at 3-2. Fryer, who recorded three RBIs on the night, added to Pittsburgh's advantage with a two-run double to make the score 5-2 Pirates.

Cardinals starting pitcher Mike Leake took the loss and dropped to 5-7 on the season. Leake allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings pitched. 

Pirates' starter Steven Brault, who made his major league debut Tuesday, lasted four innings and allowed one earned run on four hits. Juan Nicasio relieved Brault and threw two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Nicasio picked up his seventh win of the season to bump his record to 7-6. 

The loss, the Cardinals' second in a row, weakened their season record to 43-40. Game three of the four game series with the Pirates is slated for 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night. 

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