Adams lifts Cardinals past Pirates in 10

St. Louis, MO ( – Matt Adams’ RBI single in the 10th inning
sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the
opener of a three-game series on Friday night.

Jon Jay singled with two outs and Matt Carpenter followed with a double. After
an intentional walk to Matt Holliday, Adams sent a 1-1 fastball from Rob
Scahill (0-2) into left for the game-winner.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s a good way to get Game 1 of this series,” said

Randy Choate (1-0) got the win for a third of an inning in relief in the top
of the 10th. Sean Rodriguez’s two-out single put runners at the corners in the
when Choate came on for Matt Belisle and struck out Gregory Polanco.

Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett helped his own cause with an RBI single in the
sixth to break a scoreless draw. Francisco Cervelli singled to begin the
frame, then Jordy Mercer laced a double into left that put both runners in
scoring position. Burnett stepped in and grounded a single right back up the
box for a 1-0 lead.

“Six is alright but we need to mix some sevens and eights in there and go a
little further,” Burnett said of the length of his outing.

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn walked Gregory Polanco to load the bases, but he
worked out of the jam with a popout of Josh Harrison and strikeouts of Andrew
McCutchen and Neil Walker.

St. Louis tied the game in the seventh. Jhonny Peralta singled and Jason
Heyward walked to get the inning underway, then both moved up on a double
steal after Kolten Wong struck out for the second out of the frame. Reynolds
knocked Peralta in with an infield single to second.

Game Notes

Burnett struck out seven in six scoreless innings of work for the Pirates …
Lynn surrendered one run on four hits over seven innings with 10 strikeouts
… St. Louis has won four straight overall — including 14-of-17 at home
against the Pirates.