ST. LOUIS (Ticker) --
capped a six-run eighth inning with a two-run homer as the
posted a 10-5 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sanders entered the game in a 1-for-14 slump and earlier in the game delivered an RBI triple. He capped Pittsburgh's third six-run inning of the season with his team-leading 17th homer.
The Pirates did not have a hit until
led off the fifth with a double. They scored three times in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead, but starter
gave back the lead in the bottom half.
St. Louis rookie starter Dan Haren was charged with three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He was chased after Sanders scored on
's base hit that made it 2-1.
relieved and yielded Hernandez's RBI single.
' game-tying homer in the seventh and, in the eighth, three relievers combined to surrender six runs and three hits.
"There was some counterpunching out there in the end, but we came out on top," Pittsburgh manager
said. "We certainly got some breaks there in the eighth inning. Some things went our way."
(3-4) took the loss, allowing two runs and four hits without recording an out.
Wells lasted six innings and allowed four runs and six hits.
(1-1) held St. Louis to one run and two hits in three innings for his first victory in nearly a year.
The Cardinals were charged with only one error but made several mental and physical miscues in the decisive inning.
Hernandez, who had three hits, scored the go-ahead run when
's grounder bounced off shortstop
's glove. It became a double when Renteria and second baseman
chased the ball and Eldred failed to cover second.
's comebacker and threw low to second base trying to get Reboulet, who was diving back to the bag. Renteria then botched a potential double-play by
, throwing the ball off Hart's glove and into right field, allowing two runs to score.
"There was a couple of plays they usually make," Giles said. "Pitching and defense will win you baseball games and they didn't make the plays defensively and we were able to capitalize."
"We did not play well," St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa
admitted. "We turned a good game into one that wasn't even close the last couple of innings." After
was hit by a pitch and Giles walked, Kendall scored on a double play. Sanders followed by sending
's 2-1 pitch over the left field fence. "That inning they just kept coming," J.D. Drew said. "One thing led to another. There's not much you can do about it."
The Cardinals broke on top in the fifth. Drew's solo homer, his 11th, broke up a scoreless duel between Haren and Wells. Haren had retired 11 in a row before Hernandez's first hit.
Giles led off the sixth with a double. One out later, he scored on Sanders' triple that went over left fielder
"I was trying to make pitches to Sanders," Haren said. "He (catcher
) came out to tell me 'Breaking ball, make sure they're down. He hits fastballs up.' I was trying to get a ground ball. I threw the pitch where I wanted to. It was down and away and he just flicked his bat out."