Game Report: Pirates 6, Cardinals 4

The decision to bring Michael Wacha back following a nearly two-hour rain delay turned out to be a poor choice by the Cardinals on Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Wacha worked a 1-2-3 first inning before rain interrupted the game in the top of the second inning. Wacha returned to the mound and allowed five runs, including two homers, which sent the Pirates to the victory.

The Cardinals closed the gap in the final two innings on homers by Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez but that was not enough to keep the Pirates from snapping a six-game losing streak.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: DeJong’s 20th homer of the year, a two-run shot, came in the eighth inning. Martineez, starting in right field, hit his 10th of the year in the ninth … The Cardinals’ other RBI came on a single by Kolten Wong in the second, following a double by Martinez … Randal Grichuk also had two hits, including a double … The Cardinals had just seven hits total in the game.

On the mound: Six of the first seven hitters in the second inning reached base against Wacha, who gave up two-run homers to Adam Frazier and Starling Marte in the inning … The Pirates also loaded the bases in the third but Wacha was able to get out of the jam. He ended up pitching four innings before Josh Lucas made his major-league debut and worked two innings, allowing four hits, including a home run by Jose Osuna … Brett Cecil and John Brebbia each worked a scoreless inning.

Key stat:
Wacha has won only two of 10 starts on the road this season, and has had five no-decisions. His ERA on the road rose to 5.57, compared to a 7-2 record with a 2.99 ERA in 13 starts this season at Busch Stadium.

Worth noting: The Cardinals said Adam Wainwright received a plasma injection in his sore right elbow. He will not pitch for at least 10 days, at which time his status will be re-evaluated. John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations, said he is optimistic Wainwright will be able to return this season … The team’s bullpen shuffle continued before Saturday’s game with Mike Mayers sent back to Memphis, replaced by Lucas. Lucas, 26, had been closing games in Triple A and had 65 strikeouts and just nine walks in 56 innings this season. The Cardinals had one open spot on their 40-man roster … Dexter Fowler did not play after reporting that he had some back discomfort … Even though it’s not a doubleheader, both the Cardinals and Pirates will be allowed to have a 26th player for Sunday’s game, and Magneuris Sierra is set to be added to the St. Louis roster.

Looking ahead:
The Cardinals and Pirates will fly to Williamsport, Pa., on Sunday morning and spend part of the afternoon at a Little League World Series game before playing Sunday night’s game in a minor-league park as part of Major League Baseball’s salute to the Little League World Series. Mike Leake is scheduled to pitch against Ivan Nova in the 6:08 p.m. game, which will be televised by ESPN.