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Martinez, Holliday, Cards stay close in race, blank Pirates

Carlos Martinez pitched seven sharp innings, Jedd Gyorko hit his 29th homer, Brandon Moss homered to break out of a big slump and the St. Louis Cardinals stayed in the middle of the NL wild-card race.

St. Louis pulled ahead in the third inning with a homerun to left center field by Jedd Gyorko. The Cards were able to rack up four more runs in the sixth, including a two-run homer by Brandon Moss, scoring Stephen Piscotty.

The Pirates could do little to stop the Cardinals as two more players stomped over home plate and recorded a third home run for the night thanks to Matt Holliday with a pinch-hit line drive homer to right center field.

Despite the Bucs’ 81st loss of the season, Tyler Glasnow ended things on a more positive note, pitching five innings and striking out four Cardinal batters. As the Pirates’ top prospect, he hurled 79 pitches, 42 of them strikes, in his closing appearance of the year. Glasnow has the opportunity to earn a spot in Pittsburgh’s rotation and will report to spring training next year.

On the other side of the diamond, Holliday was tearful as the game may have been his final moments as a Cardinal. An exception was made off the disabled list so Holliday could make a final appearance among his home fans in St. Louis. A standing ovation from fans and players alike filled the stadium as he stepped up to pinch-hit in the seventh inning.

The game left Pittsburgh 78-81-1 and St. Louis 84-76.

The Pirates are scheduled to play the Cardinals again Saturday with Chad Kuhl making his last start as a rookie.

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