St. Louis Cardinals defeat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2

The advantage of having 13 pitchers on his roster, many of them rested, enabled Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to pull off something Wednesday night that even he rarely does.

La Russa employed three pitchers in the fifth inning of a game the Cardinals already led by two runs.

Righthander Kyle McClellan, the third pitcher used in that inning, escaped trouble in the fifth. Then McClellan, Dennys Reyes, Jason Motte and Ryan Franklin protected the lead as the Cardinals sna...