Cardinals hit 3 homers in 9th, top Pirates 9-7

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter watches his solo shot leave the park in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 10, 2016.   Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter watches his solo shot leave the park in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 10, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Jhonny Peralta all homered off closer Tony Watson with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals were down to their last strike when Carpenter sent a long drive to right-center to tie it 6-6. Grichuk followed two batters later with a two-run shot off Watson (2-4), and Peralta piled on with a solo homer as St. Louis held on to the secod wild card in the NL.

Carpenter’s homer was the 15th by a St. Louis pinch-hitter this season, a major league record. Yadier Molina went 4 for 5, including a first-inning grand slam. Mike Mayers (1-1) tossed a scoreless eighth for the win, and Seung-Hwan Oh worked around a solo homer to Jung Ho Kang in the ninth for his 16th save.