Pirates 4, Cardinals 3: 10 Innings: Bucs Steal Crucial Win

PITTSBURGH - JULY 24: Xavier Paul #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated by teammates James McDonald #53 and Garrett Jones #46 after scoring the game winning run in the 10th inning against the St Louis Cardinals during the game on July 24, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Pirates won 4-3 in 10 innings after Xavier Paul hit an infield single, stole second, moved to third on an error and then came home on a sacrifice fly by Chase D'Arnaud to steal a win in extra innings. It was a good thing, too, as the Pirates pulled even with the Cards again and are now just a half-game back of Milwaukee. As badly as the first two games of this series went, I'm happy to see the Bucs get one out of three here. 

I haven't yet watched Charlie Morton's start, but with five walks in 5.1 innings, it sounds like he was lucky to escape with three earned runs. The Pirates' relievers, including newcomer Jason Grilli, stepped up in a big way after he left. 

Also, former Pirate Bert Blyleven was (finally) inducted into the Hall of Fame today.

UPDATE: The Brewers just lost to the Giants, so the Pirates are somehow back in first, tied with both the Brewers and Cardinals. Cool. The Cardinals start a home series against Houston tomorrow, unfortunately.

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