Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 7, Cardinals 5 Late Rally Means 7th Win in Row Kang's Double Is Key Hit as Team Erases Deficit with Three Runs in Seventh Inning

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pirates 7, Cardinals 5 Late Rally Means 7th Win in Row Kang's Double Is Key Hit as Team Erases Deficit with Three Runs in Seventh Inning

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ST. LOUIS - In retrospect, maybe David Freese's first-inning homer threw the Pirates off their game. They've been so good at erasing deficits. Why take an early lead?

The Pirates gave the lead back, but eventually recaptured it. They won their seventh game in a row, 7-5, against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday at Busch Stadium, and the past six of those victories were in come-from-behind fashion.

Jonathan Broxton took over in the top of the seventh and walked Freese with one out. Andrew McCutchen's single put runners on the corners. Jung Ho Kang doubled, both runners scored and a one-run deficit became a one-run lead. Josh Harrison's grounder allowed Kang to score.

Kang continues to play as Chicago police investigate allegations of sexual assault against him. The woman accusing Kang told police it happened when the Pirates visited the Cubs in June. He has not been charged.

Aledmys Diaz's solo home run in the third inning tied the score. Nine Cardinals batters came to the plate in the four-run fourth.

Stephen Piscotty singled. So did Randal Grichuk, Jedd Gyorko and Greg Garcia. With one run already in, Jaime Garcia's sacrifice fly brought home another and Kolten Wong came to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs.

Wong entered the game in the third inning in the middle of a plate appearance after Matt Carpenter injured his oblique. In the fourth, Wong bunted to the right side of the infield. First-base umpire Dan Iassogna originally ruled Wong out, ending the inning, but the Cardinals challenged. A replay review overturned the call and a run scored. Diaz's third hit of the night drove in the final run of the inning.

Jeff Locke allowed eight hits and five runs in four innings, and the bullpen pitched five scoreless innings.

Jaime Garcia surrendered two home runs on the first pitches of the at-bats, to Freese in the first inning and Sean Rodriguez, starting in right field in place of Gregory Polanco against the left-handed Garcia, in the fifth. …

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