ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 19: Starter Jamie Garcia #54 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on August 19, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Longest Pirates Vs. Cardinals Game Ever Ends In St. Louis Loss

The St. Louis Cardinals drop a 19-inning contest with the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday.

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Cardinals Vs. Pirates Contest Sunday The Longest Ever, Apparently

Bad News: The St. Louis Cardinals lost the longest game they've ever played against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, falling 6-3 after Barret Browning allowed a Pedro Alvarez homer in the 19th inning. It keeps them just out of reach of that Wild Card spot, and further back of the Pirates and the Hated Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central.

Good News: The Pirates are still well within reach of the Cardinals, who just got an outstanding outing from Jaime Garcia, a starter they'll need down the stretch. (They also have an off-day.)

Bad News: The Cardinals lost the second-longest game in series history, too, which means they're Cursed Forever.

Good News: The Cardinals lost that game in 1982, the only year the Whiteyball clubs won the World Series and one of the high points in Cardinals history. That's good!

Bad News: The toppings contain potassium benzoate. (That's bad.)


Cardinals Vs. Pirates Final Score: 5-4 St. Louis Win Shrinks Wild Card Lead

The St. Louis Cardinals took the second of three games in a weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, 5-4, and narrowed the gap on the second wild card spot in the National League.

Lance Lynn started and allowed three runs in 4.1 innings for the Cards, but strong bullpen work got St. Louis the win. Four pitchers combined for 4.2 scoreless innings in relief of Lynn, with Barret Browning earning the win. Jason Motte picked up his 28th save of 2012 despite allowing a run in the ninth inning.

Matt Carpenter opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single, but the Pirates tied the game in the third. Shane Robinson's two-run double in the fourth was also answered with two Pittsburgh runs in the fifth. But Yadier Molina's two-run ground-rule double in the fifth inning gave the Cardinals the lead for good.

The win shaved the Pirates' lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cardinals to just one game in the race for the National League's second wild card berth. The Dodgers can cut that lead to a half-game with a victory later on Saturday.

The rubber match of the three-game series in St. Louis will be at 1:15 p.m. Central on Sunday. Jaime Garcia will take the mound for the Cardinals, while Jeff Karstens will pitch for the Pirates.

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