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Rain-out at PNC Tuesday night

The Pittsburgh Pirates appeared on their way to reclaiming a .500 record Tuesday night at PNC Park before inclement weather led to a postponing of the evening’s contest. The Pirates (6-7) led the St. Louis Cardinals (8-5) by a score of 4-2 after two full innings played, at which point the game was initially delayed at roughly 7:50 pm.

The official announcement of postponement came after nearly one hour and 20 minutes, around 9:10. A make-up date is undetermined.

Tuesday’s contest looked like another tough start for Jonathan Sanchez when the game started amid sunny skies, as St. Louis hung two runs on the board in the first inning. Shane Robinson led off with a walk and back-to-back hard-hit singles by Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday brought him home.

Holliday’s RBI single moved Beltran to third, from where the right-fielder scored when Yadier Molina grounded out to first baseman Garrett Jones who took the ball to the bag for the unassisted put-out. Molina still earned an RBI on the play, and St. Louis took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first after Sanchez ended the top half by striking out David Freese.

In the bottom of the inning, the Pirates doubled up on the Cardinals’ first-inning output with five consecutive singles after Starling Marte struck out to begin the inning.

Jose Tabata followed with a single, as did Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez. Singles by Jones, Walker, and Alvarez each brought a runner home to put the Buccos up 3-2.

Russell Martin picked up an RBI when he grounded out to Jake Westbrook at the mound, but Westbrook’s throw was mishandled by Matt Carpenter at second base and the ball went into centerfield, allowing Walker to score for a 4-2 Pirate lead.

The runs in the inning would have counted as the first earned runs registered by any team against Westbrook, who entered Tuesday’s contest having allowed just one unearned run in 15 and one-third innings pitched. But with the rain-out, Westbrook’s earned run average will return to 0.00 as none of Tuesday night’s stats count since the contest did not make it through five full innings.

The only action in the second inning came when Andrew McCutchen made a highlight-reel catch in center field on a deep fly ball by Carpenter. Sanchez struck out Kozma and Westbrook to end the inning.

Sanchez then struck out looking to start the bottom half of the seventh. Marte followed with a single to center that would have stretched his hitting streak to 10 games if not for the rain-out.

Tabata then grounded out to short, and McCutchen rolled one to second. After the put-out of McCutchen, officials called the delay which later turned into the postponement.

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