By The Associated Press
Matt Carpenter had four hits and scored the winning run on Matt Holliday’s single in the 12th inning, helping the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday in St. Louis for their second extra-inning triumph over the NL Central leaders in 3 days.
The Cardinals took two of three in the series to pull within two games of the sagging Pirates, who have dropped five of six. St. Louis won 4-3 in 14 innings in the series opener on Tuesday.
Rookie Kevin Siegrist (1-1), St. Louis’ seventh pitcher, struck out two in a perfect 12th against the heart of the order.
Russell Martin and Clint Barmes homered for Pittsburgh, which blew a 4-0 lead in one inning. Jose Tabata had three straight hits after entering as a pinch hitter.
Carpenter sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk. He went to third on Jon Jay’s single before Holliday grounded a single up the middle off Bryan Morris (5-6).
Carpenter, the Cardinals’ leadoff man, leads the National League with 48 multi-hit games and 40 doubles. He entered with league-leading averages of .366 at home and .367 in day games.
Holliday also had an RBI double and has a 12-game hitting streak.
Martin hit a tying leadoff drive off Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, handing the setup man his second blown save of St. Louis’ 4-6 homestand.
The Pirates hit for the cycle against Lance Lynn in a four-run fifth that featured rookie Andrew Lambo’s first hit and RBI on a double, and Barmes’ two-run homer. The Cardinals responded by knocking out A.J. Burnett with five runs in the bottom half on a two-run single by Daniel Descalso and RBIs in consecutive at-bats from Carpenter, Jay and Holliday.
Both managers put a heavy stamp on the game. The Pirates’ Clint Hurdle hit for two regulars in the sixth and emptied his bench, and the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny used three relievers in the sixth and seventh.
St. Louis activated All-Star catcher Yadier Molina from the 15-day disabled list, and he announced his presence almost immediately. He threw out Starling Marte trying to steal third to end the first.
Twins 4, White Sox 3: Chris Herrmann’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Doug Bernier and lifted Minnesota over Chicago in Minneapolis.
The Twins trailed 3-2 heading into the eighth, but Joe Mauer doubled and scored on a base hit from Justin Morneau to tie it. Herrmann came through against Ramon Troncoso (1-4) in the ninth to complete the comeback.
Trevor Plouffe hit a solo homer, and Mike Pelfrey gave up three runs and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings for the Twins.
Paul Konerko had two hits and an RBI, and Andre Rienzo gave up two runs – one earned – and four hits with two strikeouts in six innings for the White Sox, who lost their 10th straight on the road.