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Cardinals Vs. Pirates: Sunday Matinee Stretches Into Evening, 18th Inning

The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates are now entering the 18th inning of a Sunday series final, but the game will still only be worth one win and/or loss. Both teams scored in the 17th inning, but the score remains tied at 3-3 after 51 outs for both sides.

The Pirates got their run on an infield hit by Garrett Jones in the top of the 17th given up by Marc Rzepczynski. It was Rzepczynski's first batter of the day, as he entered the game with runners on second and third in relief of Joe Kelly.

But the Cardinals answered in the bottom of the 17th, turning a leadoff single by Yadier Molina into a sacrifice fly by Tony Cruz that scored pinch runner Ryan Jackson.

Should the Cardinals win, at some point, they will tie the Pirates at 66-55 on the season.

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