Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong’s throwing error on an almost certain inning-ending double play ball enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to break a tie and ease into a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning Friday night at PNC Park.
Lefthanded rookie Ryan Sherriff struck out the first hitter, lefthanded-hitting Gregory Polanco, that he faced in the inning but righthanded batters Elias Diaz and Jordy Mercer doubled and singled, respectively, placing runners at first and third.
Cardinals righthander Michael Wacha issued his first walk of the game in the Pittsburgh fourth, which wound up to be a two-run inning that could have been much worse Friday night at PNC Park.
Greg Garcia, the pinch hitter, beat out an infield hit and Wong, making an acrobatic move to avoid a tag, was safe at third when the ball was there well ahead of him.
Carpenter greeted Pittsburgh starter Ivan Nova with a double off the right-center-field wall and went to third as Tommy Pham, bunting for a hit, was nipped at first on a good play by former Cardinal David Freese.
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