ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trailing by three runs after two innings, the
Pittsburgh Pirates were thinking, Oh no, not again. Instead, they
kept showing their resiliency against the NL's best team.
"I couldn't be more proud of them today," manager Lloyd
McClendon said. "You talk about big wins in the course of a season
for a young team, they don't get any bigger than this."
Bay had four RBI for the Pirates, who earned a split in the
four-game series and beat the Cardinals for only the second time in
16 meetings after losing the previous two games by a combined score
"They pretty much had their way with us the last two games,"
Bay said. "Early on it looked like it might have been more of the
same, and we've been on the other end of that more often than
Bay's three-run shot tied the game at 3 in the third, and he
tied it again with his 15th homer leading off ninth against Jason
Isringhausen, who blew only his second save opportunity in 23
chances. The homer came on an 0-2 hanging curveball.
"Doing this job you've got to get lucky every once in a
while," Isringhausen said. "I threw him a bad pitch and I didn't
get too lucky and he hit it out, so I tip my hat to him."
Yadier Molina homered for the third straight game and had three
RBI for the Cardinals, who hit 11 homers in the series. Reggie
Sanders also homered but St. Louis hurt itself by hitting into six
double plays, one of them on a bizarre play in the fourth when
Molina passed Abraham Nunez on the bases on what looked to be a
double off the right-field wall.
"I think everybody knew what was going on but me," Nunez said.
"I noticed [Molina] passed me and he was pointing, 'go to second,
go to second,' but you don't realize and it was too late."
Castillo lined his fifth homer, and second in four days, on an
0-1 pitch from Al Reyes (2-1) leading off the 10th.
"I'm happy for my team," Castillo said through an interpreter.
"Everybody did the job they're supposed to do."
Jose Mesa got the last three outs for his 19th save in 22
chances and the 311th of his career, passing Goose Gossage on the
career list and tying Tom Henke for 14th overall.
Sanders hit his 15th homer off Oliver Perez leading off the
second, and Molina hit his fifth four batters later to drive in
Nunez, who had doubled, to make it 3-0.
The Cardinals took a 4-3 lead in the fourth but missed a chance
for more runs when Molina hit a liner off the right-center fence
but passed Nunez who had stopped between first and second.
The play came with one out and runners on first and second.
Nunez, who was on first, apparently thought Molina's drive was
caught by right fielder Matt Lawton and was retreating to first as
Molina rounded the bag and passed him while gesturing to his
teammate to turn around.
Molina was called out for passing Nunez, and the stunned Nunez
was standing near second when he was tagged out by Castillo at
second for an inning-ending double play. Hector Luna scored from
second on the play and Molina was credited with an RBI single.
That was the second bizarre incident. The game began on a
contentious note when both benches plus the bullpens emptied in the
top of the first, apparently after the Cardinals suspected Bay of
signaling pitches to Daryle Ward from second.
"They said I was giving signs and I didn't know what they were
talking about," Bay said. "I was only out there for two pitches.
I'm not that good."
Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson did the honors on the daily
stadium countdown, removing his uniform number 45 from the
right-field wall while receiving a standing ovation. Gibson, who
played at Busch Stadium from 1966-75, said he won't miss the park
that is being demolished after the season. "I don't miss
ballparks," Gibson said. "I can't wait until the new one is
built. I like new." ... Sanders robbed Castillo of at least extra
bases with a leaping catch at the left field wall in the seventh.
... So Taguchi, who had been batting .418 in his previous 15
starts, was 0-for-3 with two double play balls and lifted for pinch
hitter Edmonds, who had been rested against Perez, in the eighth.