Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez was the driving force for their offense. His two run homer in the third inning off Lynn gave the Bucs 3-0 lead. In Lynn's defense, he was victimized by poor defense behind him. David Freese dropped a pop up, Yadier Molina couldn't catch a foul pop, while Jon Jay misplayed a hit in center field.
The Cardinals offense could muster just two hits off Pirates starter, rookie Gerrit Cole, who pitched six innings in getting the win. One of the two hits off Cole was a solo homer by Molina that cut the Pirates lead to 5-1.
So the NLDS shifts to Pittsburgh for games three and four on Sunday and Monday. Joe Kelly will pitch for the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, against Pirates ace Francisco Liriano.