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Cardinals rally to reward Lackey's gem

PITTSBURGH -- The Cardinals' hottest hitter of the moment has things going so well at that plate not even being absent from the starting lineup could keep him from changing Tuesday's game.

Jon Jay, skipped over as a starter because of Peter Bourjos' strong career numbers against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, knocked a two-out single in the seventh inning to tie the game and spearhead a rally that would lead to a 3-2 victory. Jay's single caused an error in center that sent him and a teammate into scoring position.

Matt Holliday cashed in with a two-run single that proved the game-winner.

All of the runs came after Liriano left the game but rewarded John Lackey for keeping the Cardinals in it. Lackey allowed one run -- on a solo homer -- through seven strong innings. The newcomer struck out three, walked one, and scattered seven hits through his start. He retired the final eight batters he faced.

In the top of the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Shane Robinson poked a single to reach base with one out. He was thrown out trying to steal second base. During the play at second he appeared to have injured his left shoulder while sliding into second. The game was delayed as trainers and coaches and manager Mike Matheny convened at second base to meet with their injured outfielder.

Pat Neshek got a double play to complete a scoreless eighth inning.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal allowed a homer on his first pitch, but had an added run to work with. Andrew McCutchen popped his 20th homer of the season to lead off the ninth inning. The potential tying run got to second base in the inning before Rosenthal got a fly ball from Starling Marte to Jay to end the game.

The save was Rosenthal's 39th of the season.

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