The Pirates are now two runs away from flipping yesterday's script on St. Louis. Pittsburgh lost 9-1 in the opening game, but have now increased their lead in Game 2 to 7-1. They got a little bit of help from the Cardinals along the way.
The Pirates didn't score again in that inning, but they did end Gerrit Cole's night by lifting him for a pinch-hitter. The rookie was fantastic in his postseason debut, allowing just two hits and a walk in six innings. He threw only 86 pitches.
Left-hander Tony Watson came on for the Pirates in the bottom of the 7th and worked himself into and out of a jam without allowing a run. Then, Starling Marte led off the top of the 8th by doing this:
Pittsburgh now leads 7-1. The Cardinals are coming up in the 9th with one last chance to make a comeback.