Bay Lifts Pirates to Series Win

Ex-closer Isringhausen melts down again; Bay, McLouth go yard
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted May 15, 2008 10:05 PM CDT
Members of the St. Louis Cardinals, including pitcher Todd Wellemeyer, left, sit on the bench during a steady drizzle in the late innings of a cold and wet baseball game.   (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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(Newser) – Pinch-hitter Jason Bay's three-run homer off Jason Isringhausen snapped an eighth-inning tie and capped the Pittsburgh Pirates' rally from an early four-run deficit in an 11-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Nate McLouth added his 11th homer for the Pirates.

They outscored the sagging Cardinals 10-0 the last five innings to take two of three in the series. The finale was played in 56-degree chill accompanied by steady rain throughout the comeback, with nearly 10,000 no-shows in paid attendance of 41,244. Troy Glaus had three hits and an RBI, and Albert Pujols extended his hitting streak to 14 games for the Cardinals. (Read more baseball stories.)