Cardinals Vs. Pirates: Sunday Marathon Enters 15th Inning

The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates love each other too much to part: Sunday's rubber match in the NL Central rivals' weekend series is now entering the 15th inning.

Neither team has scored in the game since the sixth, when a sacrifice fly and an Andrew McCutchen RBI single tied the game for the Pirates. Both runs were unearned, and Jaime Garcia's day was a spectacular one as the Cards' starter: eight innings pitched, five hits, no walks, 10 strikeouts.

Carlos Beltran's two-run double in the fourth opened the scoring for St. Louis, but Jeff Karstens went seven innings and allowed just those two runs and a mere two hits.

Cardinals pitchers have allowed just two hits since Garcia exited. Pirates pitchers have given up just four, with closer Joel Hanrahan working out of a jam in the 14th.

Should the Cardinals win, they will tie the Pirates at 66-55 on the year.

For more on the Cardinals, be sure to check out Viva El Birdos. To find out more about the Pirates, head over to Bucs Dugout. And, for all of your MLB needs, visit Baseball Nation.

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