ST. LOUIS -- Turns out the Cardinals didn't have to get many hits to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at Busch.
They only needed the right one.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Matt Adams drilled a walk-off home run for a 2-0 victory against the division rivals. The final-swing homer to win a game was the first for the Cardinals since David Freese's in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. It is the first in the regular season since Skip Schumaker hit a walk-off bolt in June 2011.
The Cardinals were held to two hits and no runs through eight innings by Bucs starter Charlie Morton and reliever Tony Watson. It took Morton only 84 pitches to get through seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals. He threw only 49 strikes in the game, and 21 one of them became outs for the Cardinals. Morton held the Cardinals to one hit through his scoreless run.
Adam Wainwright matched him zero for zero and kept the Cardinals in the game by tiptoeing around seven hits allowed.
The offense provided no support.
The Cardinals didn't get a runner safely to second base from the second inning through the seventh inning, and in the eighth inning when Jon Jay finally did get to second he was doubled-up at the base on a line-drive to right field. That was how the evening was going for the Cardinals. Matt Carpenter walked three times, the third of which set up Adams' two-run shot into the seats beyond the right-field wall.
The home run was Adams' 10th of the season.
Adams' home run was a loud finish for a quiet night from the offense. It made a winner of newly minted All-Star Pat Neshek. The Cardinals' righty pitched a perfect ninth by retiring two fellow All-Stars, Josh Harrison and reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen.
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