Pittsburgh Pirates defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4

Although they strafed Todd Wellemeyer with 12 hits before the end of the fifth inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates failed to pile on the wobbly starter and dared the Cardinals to hang around just long enough to rally.

The Cardinals declined the offer, repeatedly.

With starter Zach Duke defying the Cardinals' lineup and Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez contributing four hits each, the Pirates defeated the Cardinals 7-4 on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. Wellemeyer (0-1) struggle...