Game Report: Pirates 11, Cardinals 6

It had been a long time – a really long time – since the Cardinals started a game the way they did Saturday night in Pittsburgh.

Lance Lynn retired only two of the 10 hitters he faced and the Pirates scored eight runs in the inning en route to the win in Pittsburgh.

Not since June 22, 1925 had the Cardinals allowed eight runs in the first inning against the Pirates – a span of 1,760 games.

All eight of the runs were charged to Lynn in the shortest start of his career as he threw 42 pitches before being pulled from the game.

The loss kept the Cardinals from gaining a game on the Cubs in the NL Central, where they remained five games back with eight to play. In the wild-card race, the Cardinals remained 1 ½ games behind the Rockies.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals actually took a 2-0 lead two batters into the game when Tommy Pham followed a leadoff double by Matt Carpenter with a two-run homer, his 22nd of the year … Pham also doubled in a run in the third … The Cardinals added three runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Randal Grichuk and an RBI single by Harrison Bader. They were two of an MLB-record tying six pinch-hitters the Cardinals used in the inning.

On the mound: Lynn allowed six hits and two walks in his abbreviated outing … Adam Wainwright made his first appearance since coming off the disabled list and allowed one run on three hits in two innings … Sam Tuivailala and Seung Hwan Oh gave up the other runs as the Cardinals used six relievers.

Key stat: The last time the Cardinals allowed eight runs in the first inning to any opponent was on July 31, 2004 at San Francisco, when Matt Morris started and pitched just two-thirds of an inning.

Worth noting: Twice in the last 90 years the Pirates had scored seven runs in the first inning against the Cardinals, on June 13, 1043 and July 31, 1929 … The last time the Pirates scored eight in the first against the Cardinals they went on to win the game 24-6 … Jose Martinez was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. His status was said to be day-to-day.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will play their final road game of the regular season on Sunday as John Gant gets his first start since being recalled from Triple A, taking the rotation spot of Jack Flaherty.