ST. LOUIS — The bullpen has been a major weakness for the Cardinals. This time the relievers slammed the door.
Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte got big outs Sunday for a 5-4 victory over the Pirates, who had been trying to sweep a series of at least three games in St. Louis for the first time since 1997. It was a confidence boost for a unit that entered the game 7-14 with a 4.62 ERA and 13 blown saves in 29 chances.
"It's been a rough couple days before (Sunday), playing a team you're behind in the standings that's playing really well," Boggs said. "For us to get this last one, and for our bullpen to get some pretty big outs in a tight game, it doesn't hurt.
"We feel like we've got guys that can do the job, and we'll show up tomorrow and expect to do the same thing."
Allen Craig homered for the second time in three days and Yadier Molina also connected for the Cardinals, who prevailed in 98-degree heat.