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Cardinals defeat Pirates in second straight walk-off

Another night, another walk-off home run.

For the first time since the first week of June 2011, the Cardinals have now won two straight games via walk-off homer, as Kolten Wong's solo shot sent the Cardinals home as 5-4 winners over the Pirates on Tuesday.

Wong's shot came a night after Matt Adams broke a scoreless tie in the ninth with a two-run homer, the Cardinals first walk-off in the regular season since 2011.

Now they've done it twice in two nights.

The Cardinals walked off with homers on June 4 and June 5, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs. Both homers were hit by Albert Pujols.

This year's team doesn't have a such a masher, and has been extremely starved for power.

Now, power is the only way it wins.

Wong's blast came off recently acquired Ernesto Frieri, the only of seven relievers on both sides to allow a run all night.

Matt Holliday tied the game at four with a 2-run double in the fifth off Pirates starter Vance Worley. After falling behind 2-0, the Pirates took the lead on two-run homers from Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen in the fourth and fifth, respectively.

Holliday's double split the gap in left center and scored Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay.

The bats, for both teams, went silent after that.

Randy Choate, Seth Maness, Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal combined to toss three scoreless innings in relief of Carlos Martinez, who allowed four runs in a career-high six innings.

Rosenthal, who had been unavailable the past two nights because of a heavy weekend workload, allowed two runners to reach in the ninth, but stranded them both and earned his first win.

The effort of the Pirates bullpen was equally good but, for the second night in a row, was wrecked with one pitch.

Jared Hughes and All-Star Tony Watson combined for three innings of scoreless relief, and Frier retired the first two batters in the ninth before Wong's bomb.

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