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Pirates Beat Cardinals 5-3, Lead NLDS 1-0

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Jason Grilli closed out the game in the ninth as Pittsburgh turned back a final rally to edge St. Louis, 5-3.

With the score knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth and the Pirates up to bat, Andrew McCutchen came home on a sacrifice fly. Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth, the Pirates grabbed the lead for good when Pedro Alvarez hit a single off Kevin Siegrist to drive in Josh Harrison. Batting next, Russell Martin also hit a single to bring in Marlon Byrd to make it 5-3.

Francisco Liriano pitched six innings and got the no-decision to keep his record in these playoffs at 1-0 after he surrendered two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Grilli got his first save of the playoffs after one inning of work giving up no runs on one hit and walking no one. Carlos Martinez (0-1) was charged with the loss after allowing two runs on one hit over 1/3 of an inning with no strikeouts and one walk. McCutchen was impressive at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 2 with a double, two runs, and two walks. Byrd also contributed, going 2 for 3 with a double, a run, two RBIs, and a walk. Carlos Beltran went 2 for 3 with a home run, a run, three RBIs, and a walk in the loss.

The Pirates start the NLDS up 1-0. The Pirates will continue the series with the Cardinals on Monday in Game 2 of the NLDS at PNC Park at 3:07 PM EDT.


Cardinals Offense
GradePlayerPABHRHRRBIBBSO
A+98.9C. BeltranRF3211310
A93.5P. KozmaSS3210010
C76.7J. JayCF4110000
C74.7M. Adams1B4100000
C74.7Y. MolinaC4100000
C72.1M. Carpenter2B3000002
C-71.0D. Descalso3B1000000
C-71.0S. RobinsonPH1000000
D62.0M. HollidayLF4000000
D-61.0D. Freese3B4000001

Pirates Offense
GradePlayerPABHRHRRBIBBSO
A96.9A. McCutchenCF2220020
A95.5M. ByrdRF3210210
B86.0C. BarmesSS2100000
C+77.7R. MartinC3100202
C76.7P. Alvarez3B3100112
C75.7J. Morneau1B4110000
C-71.0J. TabataPH1000000
C-71.0J. MercerSS1000000
C-71.0G. SanchezPH1000000
D62.0S. MarteLF4000000
D-61.0N. Walker2B4000001

Cardinals Pitching
GradePlayerIPERAWHIPHASOBBPC
A94.4J. Axford1.00.000.0000010
A94.0S. Maness0.20.000.000005
C+79.0J. Kelly5.13.381.6955485
C74.9K. Siegrist0.20.003.0020012
F55.3C. Martinez0.154.006.0010113

Pirates Pitching
GradePlayerIPERAWHIPHASOBBPC
B+89.0T. Watson1.00.001.0010012
B+89.0J. Grilli1.00.001.0010011
B+87.2F. Liriano6.03.000.83352101
D63.2M. Melancon1.09.002.0020011

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