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Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen (22) scores from second base on a hit by Jung Ho Kang as the ball gets away from St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) scores from second base on a hit by Jung Ho Kang as the ball gets away from St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates inched themselves closer to first place, overcoming three deficits and two ejections.

Andrew McCutchen’s two-run home run in the 14th inning capped Pittsburgh’s third rally of the night and helped the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Saturday night.

McCutchen’s homer to center off of Nick Greenwood (0-1) immediately followed Neil Walker’s leadoff single and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games. It was his 12th home run of the season.

“Quite the climactic ending right there. That was a lot of fun,” McCutchen said. “Who would’ve thought it would’ve came down to that?”

Especially after Jhonny Peralta’s single off Vance Worley (3-4) in the top of the inning drove in Matt Carpenter to give St. Louis a lead.

Or after Mark Reynolds hit his second solo homer of the game during the top of the 10th.

Or even after Matt Carpenter scored the first of his three runs during the fifth inning to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

“We had the lead three different times, and that’s something that doesn’t typically slip away,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “But today was one of those days.”

Pittsburgh scored twice in the eighth on RBI singles by Jung Ho Kang and Pedro Alvarez to tie the game, and Chris Stewart singled in Kang in the 10th.

The Pirates have won seven of eight and 10 of 12. Pittsburgh, which has the NL’s second-best record, lost the first three games of the season series with the Cardinals in extra innings in May.

“We had grit all over,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “I’m proud, always been proud of these guys. Tonight was just another example with an exclamation point behind it. Grit, determination, perseverance, keep playing the game. When something doesn’t go right, you keep playing the game.”


With two outs and nobody on in the second, Reynolds appeared to have struck out – indeed, television replays showed he swung and missed at a 1-2 Burnett curveball. But home plate umpire Vic Carapazza ruled a foul tip.

Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli and Hurdle each briefly argued the call. After the next pitch, however, each became livid.

Reynolds homered down the left-field line, his seventh. Cervelli was ejected moments later. Hurdle and coach Brad Fischer came out to argue and restrain an incensed Cervelli. After several minutes of arguing with Carapazza, Hurdle was ejected by him.

“If you look at the video, it looks like maybe I got a seam on it or something,” Reynolds said. “I heard something and Vic heard something, I guess, and gave me a foul ball, gave me another chance.”

Carapazza declined to comment after the game. Crew chief Larry Vanover told a pool reporter that Carapazza made a foul ball call because he heard a tip. The ejection, Vanover said, was due to language.


The Cardinals announced the recall of pitchers Sam Tuivailala and Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday afternoon. Several hours later, both were needed.

Tuivailala pitched scoreless 12th and 13th innings, and was in line for the win until Greenwood allowed each of the two batters he faced to reach and, ultimately, score.

The Cardinals added an extra arm to their overworked bullpen just for such a scenario.

“We knew we had to get someone to get us later in the game and then somebody top throw until it was over,” Matheny said. “And it was Greenwood’s game to throw – he’s done a nice job at Triple-A for us, and he’s done a nice job in the past. That was a tough spot for him to come into.”


Pirates LHP Francisco Liriano has allowed more than three runs in just three of his 17 starts this season. However, that lone occasion came at PNC Park against the Cardinals, whom he will face in a nationally-televised game Sunday night. Pittsburgh has lost both of Liriano’s starts against St. Louis this season.


Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong left the game an inning after being hit by a pitch in the 11th. “His hammy had tightened up because of that hit by pitch so I had to get him out,” Matheny said. “It didn’t seem to be anything serious; just hit him in a bad spot that’s all.” . RHP Mitch Harris was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after sustaining a right groin strain while warming up in the bullpen Friday night.

Pirates: OF Starling Marte returned to the lineup Saturday after missing the previous five games because of discomfort in his left side. The team leader in home runs, Marte batted cleanup and went 1 for 4.

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Chris Colabello misses a fly ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, July 12, 2015. Cain doubled on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Chris Colabello misses a fly ball hit by Kansas City Royals’ Lorenzo Cain during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, July 12, 2015. Cain doubled on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Paulo Orlando came through again for the Kansas City Royals.

Orlando, who had a walk-off grand slam Tuesday against Tampa Bay, hit a tie-breaking eighth inning home run as the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-10 Sunday after blowing a seven-run advantage.

Orlando led off the eighth with a home run off Bo Schultz (0-1).

“It was a fastball in,” Orlando said. “I fouled off the first pitch, which was a fastball, too. He threw me two cutters and I waited for the fastball and I put a good swing there.”

With temperatures in the 90s, Orlando did not try to escape from catcher Salvador Perez’s Gatorade shower in a postgame television interview on the field.

“I needed it because it was too hot,” Orlando said. “It was a special moment. Salvy always makes fun of everybody. I waited for that.”

The Royals enter the All-Star break with an American League-leading 52 victories.

“I saw this coming three years ago,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Kansas City led 7-0 after five innings, but the Blue Jays sent 12 men to the plate in an eight-run sixth. Danny Valencia and Jose Bautista contributed two-run doubles in the inning.

Seven of the runs were unearned after Mike Moustakas and Omar Infante committed errors.

“It was an odd game, but those are going to happen every now and then when you play a lot of games,” said Bautista, who was ejected in the middle of an eighth inning at-bat by plate umpire Jerry Meals for arguing balls and strikes. “It was quirky. A lot of errors, the sun, the heat. It was a weird game.”

The Royals regained the lead with three in the bottom of the inning with Lorenzo Cain, who had three hits, singling in one run. Alcides Escobar had a RBI on a ground out, while the other run scored on Jose Reyes’ second error of the game.

The Jays got a run back in the seventh on a Russell Martin RBI-doubles. Reyes, who had his second straight three-hit game, singled home Kevin Pillar, who had tripled, in the eighth to tie it 10-10. It was only the second run Royals reliever Wade Davis (5-1) had allowed this season.

Greg Holland worked the ninth, logging his 19th save in 21 opportunities.

Kendrys Morales homered in a six-run first. Morales crushed a Felix Doubront fastball over the center field fence with Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas aboard. That gives him 61 RBIs, second in the American League.

Doubront made it through five innings after the rocky start, although he gave up 10 hits and seven runs, two unearned.


Bautista opted out of the All-Star game to rest and rehab his sore right shoulder. “After being in Chicago and getting sore again, and listening to doctors’ recommendations, there’s some therapy and some rehab that needs to be done,” Bautista said. “Normally you would need a few days off during the regular season. I’m taking advantage of this due to the break. It’s the smart thing for me to do for my health and to the end of the season, so that’s what I’m doing. With the treatments hopefully it’ll be much better. I haven’t heard anything from the doctors that it’ll be any lingering effects and I’ll be able to come back after a few days.” The shoulder has bothered Bautista since a mid-April throw against Baltimore. He missed five games after that and was the DH for the next 29.


Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson was not in the lineup because of flu-like symptoms, which caused him come out in the sixth inning Saturday. . RHP Aaron Sanchez (right lat strain) threw 2 2/3 innings in a rehab appearance Saturday for Single-A Dunedin, Florida, giving up one run on three hits and two walks, while striking out five.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (left flexor strain) will make his first rehab start Monday for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.


Blue Jays: The Blue Jays will host the Rays for the first three games after the break. The Jays have dropped seven of 10 the Rays this season.

Royals: RHPs Chris Young and Edinson Volquez will start a split-doubleheader Friday at the White Sox.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals recalled relievers Sam Tuivailala and Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis on Saturday to bolster the bullpen for the final two games before the All-Star break.

Right-hander Mitch Harris was placed on the disabled list and first baseman Xavier Scruggs was sent down to Memphis.

Tuivailala, a right-hander, is back with the Cardinals for the third time this season, and is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three appearances. Left-hander Greenwood was 7-3 with a 5.42 ERA in Triple-A while working as a starter since mid-May.

Harris, a right-hander, strained his right groin while in the bullpen Friday.

Scruggs was hitting .262 with nine RBIs over 57 at bats in 26 games for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals began the day with a major league-best 56-31 record, but Pittsburgh (51-35) had cut St. Louis’ nine-game lead in half in the NL Central over the previous 1 1/2 weeks.

Carlos Martinez threw 71/3 scoreless innings in a CARDS 4-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park. The Cardinals are 56-30 on the season, and Lance Lynn takes the mound tonight as the Redbirds play game 2 of 4 games with Pittsburgh, up to the All Star Break. Game time 6:05.

ken-stabler1Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler died on Wednesday after battling Stage 4 colon cancer. He was 69-years-old.

Stabler was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968 and remained with the team until 1979. He led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977 and was the league MVP in 1974.

Stabler played two years for the Houston Oilers and three years with the New Orleans Saints before retiring in 1984.

He played college football at Alabama where he won two NCAA titles as a backup. He led the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season in 1966.

Serena Williams easily best Maria Sharapova to reach the finals at Wimbledon.

The top-seeded Williams beat the fourth-seeded Russian in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. It’s the 17th straight time that Serena beat Sharapova.

She will next play 20th-seededGarbine Muguruza in the finals. Muguruza beat Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the finals.

LeBron James has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth the maximum of $46.9 million.

The second year of the contract is a player option.

LeBron didn’t talk to any other teams and always intended to re-sign with the Cavs.

GerryElam1Gerry Elam Friday Local Sports Recording:

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Lions Field(EM) West Plains – Professional Baseball is coming to West Plains. Phil Wilson the Commissioner of a League with at Pro Baseball team based out of West Plains which will be playing some upcoming games at Lions field:

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Because of the weather, there will be a Double header starting at 6PM tonight:

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Wilson also had information about the West Plains team which is at the time traveling:

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Again Professional Baseball starting tonight at 6PM with a double header at Lions Field in West Plains.

Numerous Professional Baseball players practicing at Lions Field in West Plains Friday July 10.

Numerous Professional Baseball players practicing at Lions Field in West Plains Friday July 10.

GerryElam1Gerry Elam has a look at some of the area Sports Events:

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