The Bottom Line: After the Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the middle innings, the Cards mounted a rally in the seventh inning when Jon Jay hit a sacrifice fly and rookie Randal Grichuk belted a pinch-hit RBI single to tie the game 2-2. Nonetheless, Ike Davis responded with the game-winning hit for the Pirates when he hit a three-run shot in the eighth inning to give the Buccos a crucial 5-2 victory at home.
Lynn Unrewarded for Quality Start: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn (14-8, 2.79 ERA) tossed six innings and conceded just two runs on six hits, but he came away without a decision as the Cards couldn’t provide enough run support for him. Coming into this start, Lynn had notched three consecutive victories while allowing only four earned runs total, but he was ultimately outdueled by Gerrit Cole.
What’s Next: In the series finale, Adam Wainwright (15-8, 2.52 ERA) looks to get back on track and deliver a series victory when he faces left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke (5-3, 3.69 ERA) at 11:35 AM in Pittsburgh.