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Rosenthal escapes jam as Cardinals edge Pirates

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Allen Craig and Yadier Molina posted a pair of hits to go with an RBI and run scored and the St. Louis Cardinals hung on to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5, in the finale of a three-game set.

Trailing by two runs going into the ninth, Pittsburgh got a run back when Neil Walker hit a double and Andrew McCutchen singled to plate him and make it 6-5.

The Pirates later loaded the bases with none away, but Trevor Rosenthal got Ike Davis to pop out into foul territory and Jordy Mercer to roll into a 1-2-3 double play to end the game and give Rosenthal his 10th save of the season.

Shelby Miller (5-2) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings for the Cardinals, who avoided being swept.

Mercer smacked a two-run homer and a double for Pittsburgh, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Cardinals raced out to a comfortable lead following a four-run first, but Pedro Alvarez's two-out RBI single in the seventh trimmed the Pittsburgh deficit to 4-3.

St. Louis answered and tacked on a pair in the eighth to increase its advantage to 6-3.

Matt Adams and Jon Jay posted one-out singles before Mark Ellis struck out. Peter Bourjos then slapped a base hit into right to bring home Adams, and Jay scored on a Bryan Morris wild pitch.

Davis singled and Mercer doubled to start the home half before Davis scored on Tony Sanchez's RBI groundout, which cut the margin to 6-4.

Earlier, Craig, Molina and Ellis tallied RBI singles in the opening frame, with Adams' sacrifice fly accounting for the other run in the four-run inning. Mercer smacked a two-run shot into left in the fourth to trim the gap in half, 4-2.

Game Notes

The Cardinals were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position, while Pittsburgh finished 2-for-11 with RISP and left 11 men on base ... Mercer's homer was his first of the year.

05/12 00:01:34 ET

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