Adam Wainwright regroups from slow start in Cardinals' win

It was a real nice moment for David Freese, followed by a tough ending for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Kang blasted a two-run shot to right field off Tyler Lyons of the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the sixth at Busch Stadium, putting the Pirates up 3-0. Among active pitchers with at least 200 career plate appearances, Wainwright is fifth overall in wRC+, and his seven career home runs trail only Travis Wood (nine) and Madison Bumgarner (twelve) among active pitchers.

"I didn't know that", he said of his career success in St. Louis. "I stayed with the pitch and hit it that way".

"I was pretty angry", he said.

The Pirates' general manager Neal Huntington has said Kang will be eased into action and will likely be playing two out of every three days. "I was making some really good pitches and he kept fighting. As the game went along, he got stronger".

As if to underscore my point about certain relievers not being particularly reliable, Ryan Vogelsong took over in the ninth and loaded the bases, leading the Bucs to bring in Mark Melancon, who got the save.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for consistency after splitting their last eight games.

"Glasnow and Taillon have held up their end of the deal", Hurdle said. "They play hard, they're well-coached and they play to the finish. We saw it too and Yadi had a opportunity to talk to him and realized something just wasn't right".

Michael Wacha (2-3) lost his third consecutive decision for only the second time in his career.

By the time Wacha was done, he had thrown six innings and 106 pitches, which meant he threw 76 pitches in his final three innings. "It's been very chilly, so I had a good sit-down to collect my thoughts and I actually came out sharper than I was before the rest". "They were grinding out some of their at-bats".

RF Gregory Polanco has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 starts against St. Louis, batting.

Harrison's two-out infield single scored Starling Marte to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the second.

That second life for Wainwright nearly slipped away after a hard-hit single by Jordy Mercer to lead off the second eventually landed him on second base with one out.

Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (1-2, 4.473 ERA) will start the second of a three-game series on Saturday. He's a very quiet guy but he's a very cerebral guy, " Hurdle said.

"He put together a great at-bat there", said Wacha.

Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday, May 8, 2016, in St. Louis. Then Polanco hit a home run that was confusing and impressive at the same time - he took an awkward, defensive-looking swing at Matt Bowman's two-seamer, and it went as a line drive to the opposite field that somehow tapped the foul pole and slid down.

It was impossible to dislike Jung Ho Kang's 2016 season debut in Friday's night's tilt between his Pittsburgh Pirates and the hosting St. Louis Cardinals, well, except if you were a Cardinals fan in attendance that night. Stephen Piscotty added four hits. John Jaso is proving to be one of the best free agent signings that Neal Huntington has made during his tenure as the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates needed to rebound after being swept by the Chicago Cubs. The gray jersey had pink in the Pirates' logo.

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