MLB: St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 4

Sept. 13, 2011 at 10:29 PM
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PITTSBURGH, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Nick Punto provided a go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning Tuesday and the St. Louis Cardinals kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-4 win over Pittsburgh.

With the game tied 4-4 in the ninth, Daniel Descalso (3-for-3) delivered a one-out single off Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (0-4) and pinch-runner Tyler Greene came around to score when Punto scalded a liner into the left-center field gap.

Punto moved to third on shortstop Pedro Ciriaco's fielding error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols, giving the Cardinals a win in their quest for the National League wild card.

Chris Carpenter started for St. Louis and yielded four runs on 10 hits over seven frames. He also provided a two-run single in the second inning.

Kyle McClellan (11-6) earned the win and Jason Motte picked up his sixth save for the Cards, who remained 4 1/2 games behind the Braves in the wild-card hunt.

Andrew McCutchen belted a two-run homer and Derrek Lee added a solo shot for the Pirates.

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