Yahoo Sports is reporting that following the game, Polanco, 24, and the Pirates have agreed on a five-year contract extension with two club options. The deal is expected to be worth around $35 million with an official announcement coming later this week.
The Cardinals would not go easy in the ninth against Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon, scoring a run on two hits. St. Louis managed just five hits, with Molina having two of them, while striking out 14 times against four Pirates' pitchers.
Wainwright allowed six runs and all three of the runs he gave up were earned in six innings. He also walked three and struck out three. Wainwright faced 26 batters overall, giving up six ground ball and eight fly balls.
"I was the definition of average today," Wainwright said, "which is the opposite of what I expect to be."
St. Louis and Pittsburgh have ranked one and two in the majors in wins since 2013, combining for 488 victories. The Cards have earned 287 of those victories while the Pirates now have 281. The Cards also hold a slight edge (30-28) in the series during that span.
The two clubs will resume the three-game set Tuesday with right-hander Michael Wacha slated to go for the Cards and lefty Jonathon Niese making his debut for Pittsburgh. Another newcomer, Juan Nicasio, will take the mound for the Pirates while St. Louis will go with former Cincinnati Red Mike Leake on Wednesday.
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