Baseball / Sports

Cardinals beat Pirates 6-4, take two-game lead

Adam Wainwright allowed three home runs, something he hadn't done in four years. But he also drove in three runs Tuesday night as the Cardinals held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 at Busch Stadium to increase their lead in the National League Central Division to two games over Milwaukee and four over the Pirates.

Wainwright, gaining his 16th victory, worked six innings before gaining relief from Seth Maness (two innings) and Pat Neshek, who gained his fifth save with a perfect ninth. After having knocked in only three runs all season, Wainwright doubled that with an RBI groundout in the second and a two-run single that highlighted a three-run fourth inning.

Peter Bourjos had two hits, scored two runs and drove in one for the Cardinals. Rookie Randal Grichuk, who came with Bourjos from the Los Angeles Angels last off-season, had three hits and made a diving catch in right field.

Jhonny Peralta's 35th double of the year led to a Cardinals run in the seventh as they nudged their lead to 6-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had knocked out Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright on a two-run homer by Starling Marte in the top of the inning.

Former Cardinal John Axford gave up Peralta's double before retiring Matt Adams, five for his last 44, on a roller to second, with Peralta taking third. Peralta scored on Axford's wild pitch in the dirt.

Seth Maness, meanwhile, worked two scoreless innings in relief of Wainwright as the Cardinals maintained their two-run edge.

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