It took six hours and seven minutes before the Pirates beat the Cardinals 6-3 in 19 innings at Busch Stadium on Sunday, in what may be the toughest loss of the season for Mike Matheny’s club.
Jaime Garcia made his first start since June 5th and pitched eight innings allowing two runs and striking out a career high 10 hitters. Joe Kelly pitched five and two thirds innings in relief and gave up just one run. Cardinals pitchers struck out 19 Pirates in this marathon game, which was the longest in the Major Leagues this season.
The Pirates Pedro Alvarez broke a 3-3 tie with his 23rd home run of the season to make it a 4-3 game. Barret Browning allowed two more runs in the 19th inning and suffered the loss. Pittsburgh now leads the Cardinals by two games in the NL Wild Card race. The Reds lead the Cardinals by eight and a half games in the race for the NL Central Division.
Fox 2 Sports Reporter Charlie Marlow files this post game report after the Cardinals 6-3 loss to the Pirates in 19 innings.