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May 12, 2014

Cardinals hold on to beat Pirates 6-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) — With the Pirates playing their first nationally televised Sunday night game from PNC Park in the facility's 13-year history, everything was set up for Pittsburgh to win once again in dramatic fashion.

The Pirates scored one run in the ninth inning on Andrew McCutchen's single to make it a one-run game and had the bases loaded with no one out. Already the major league leaders with five walkoff victories, Pittsburgh seemed on the verge of another.

However, St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal escaped the jam for his 10th save and Shelby Miller won his fourth straight start as the Cardinals held on for a 6-5 victory.

Rosenthal got Ike Davis to foul out for the first out then induced Jordy Mercer to hit into a 1-2-3 double play to end it as the Pirates' season-high four-game winning streak was snapped.

"You come up there, you've got Davis and Mercer, two guys who are swinging the bat well, have gotten to a good place," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "We weren't able to cash in."

Mercer hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth inning earlier in the game, but couldn't play the hero as hit a low fastball back to Rosenthal.

"That wasn't my pitch to swing at," Mercer said. "I think I got a little overaggressive right there."

The Cardinals were able to salvage one game in the three-game series and avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

"That felt like a walk-off win right there," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said with a relieved smile. "That was beyond impressive what Trevor was able to do there at the end to get it back together. That's why he is pitching at the end of games."

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