Cardinals Cruise Behind Homers From Molina And Peralta
PITTSBURGH - After dropping yesterday's game 12-2 to the Pirates, the Cardinals bounced back tonight, beating the Pirates 6-1 behind home runs from Yadier Molina and Jhonny Peralta. With the win, the Cardinals moved to 3-2 on the season.
A Matt Holliday RBI single got the scoring started in the top of the first inning, scoring Matt Carpenter. The scoring continued in the game's first inning as Allen Craig hit a sac fly to right field, driving in Peralta. The Red Birds still weren't done in the first inning; Matt Adams singled Holliday home to give St. Louis an early 3-0 lead.
The Pirates cut into the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Russell Martin drew a bases loaded walk, making the Cardinal lead just 3-1. However, that's all Pittsburgh would score in the inning.
After a Molina home run that gave the Cardinals a 4-1 lead, the Pirates threatened in the bottom of the sixth, putting runners on first and third. Reliever Carlos Martinez was able to pitch out of trouble though and the Cardinals held onto their three run lead going into the seventh.
With the score the same in the top of the ninth, Peralta the newcomer, launched a two-run home run, driving in Carpenter and extending the lead to five runs. In the bottom of the ninth, Pat Neshek sent down the Pirates in order to seal the deal.
The rubber match of this series will take place tomorrow at 12:35 pm Central time in a game that will decide the National League Central division leader after one week of games.