Both teams all but cleared their benches trying to end it. One of the St. Louis Cardinals' substitutes finally came through.
Adron Chambers singled home the winning run in the 14th inning for his first RBI of the season, and the Cardinals outlasted the Pittsburgh Pirates and cut into their NL Central lead with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
''Oh man, that was amazing,'' Chambers said. ''If any one of these guys got that, they'd be jumping for joy just like I am inside.''
Sam Freeman (1-0) allowed a walk in a scoreless 14th for the Cardinals, who saddled the Pirates with their fourth straight loss and pulled within two games of them with a win in the 4-hour, 55-minute game.
''We had a lot of guys step up,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''That was a big, big win. It was one of those ones you just felt you had to win somehow.''
Pittsburgh had four hits the first time through the order against Adam Wainwright and led 3-0 after two innings on homers by Andrew McCutchen and ...