Cardinals beat Pirates 1-0 on Bourjos' 9th-inning single, open 2 1/2-game NL Central lead

  • Article by: WARREN MAYES , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 3, 2014 - 5:05 PM
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates with on-deck hitter Daniel Descalso after scoring the game-winning run on a single by Peter Bourjos in the ninth inning during a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. At left is home plate umpire Ron Kulpa and at right is Pittsburgh Pirates Russell Martin. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)

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ST. LOUIS — Peter Bourjos singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 Wednesday to stretch their winning streak to five.

Yadier Molina walked with two outs in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch from Mark Melancon (2-4), who had entered an inning earlier. Molina advanced to second on John Jay's single and scored on the hit by Bourjos, easily beating the throw home from center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

St. Louis moved into sole possession of the NL Central lead for the first time Monday and extended it to 2 1/2 games with a three-game sweep that dropped the Pirates five games back. Pittsburgh has lost 10 of its last 12 road games, dropping to a major league-worst 17-29 away from home in day games.

Trevor Rosenthal (2-6) pitched a one-hit ninth. Pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco drew an 11-pitch walk leading off the eighth against Carlos Martinez, who retired the next three batters.

St. Louis starter Shelby Miller allowed three hits and three walks in seven innings. The Pirates' Edinson Volquez gave up three hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings.

Plate home umpire Ron Kulpa issued a warning to both benches in the fifth inning after Miller threw a high fastball that sailed behind McCutchen. In the fourth, Volquez had hit Matt Holliday and Matt Adams back to back.

Pittsburgh catcher Martin threw out Jay attempting to steal third in the eighth. Martin has throw out runners attempting to steal in four straight games and leads the NL with 25 runners caught stealing — four short of his league-high total last year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Infielder Pedro Alverez (left foot) sat out for the seventh consecutive game. Alverez left the Aug. 26 game against St. Louis in the seventh inning when he hurt the foot diving for a grounder down the first-base line.

Cardinals: Kolten Wong was back in the starting lineup at second base after a two-day absence. Wong hit his head on the outfield grass when he tried to catch a popup in shallow right field Monday. He did pinch hit Tuesday, striking out.

UP NEXT:

Pirates: RHP Vance Worley (6-4, 3.01) starts Friday at the Chicago Cubs. He had lost three straight starts before beating Cincinnati 3-2 last Saturday.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (5-3, 2.79) starts Thursday at Milwaukee in his first big league appearance since June 17. Wacha missed 67 games because of a stress reaction in his right shoulder. He allowed one hit during two scoreless innings Sunday in an injury rehabilitation outing at Tulsa of the Double-A Texas League.

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