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Cards beat Pirates on second-straight walkoff

By R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer

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St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong (16) connects for a two-RBI double in the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Kolten Wong gave the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight game-winning ninth-inning home run, connecting off Ernesto Frieri with two outs for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.


Frieri (1-1) got two routine outs before Wong, batting eighth, hit his third homer on a full count.The drive over the right-field wall, which was estimated at 420 feet, was the first game-winning homer of Wong's career and it came a night after Matt Adams hit his first winner off Justin Wilson in a 2-0 victory.The Cardinals last had consecutive game-winning homers when Albert Pujols twice beat the Cubs on June 4 and 5, 2011.Wong also gave the Cardinals the early lead with a two-run double in the second.Trevor Rosenthal (1-4) struck out Starling Marte on three pitches with two on to end the ninth.