Adams’ homer rallies Cards past Bucs, 8-7

ST. LOUIS (AP) — ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Adams hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

St. Louis, which overcame deficits of 4-0 and 6-4, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second wild card spot in the NL. Cincinnati beat Los Angeles 10-6 Monday.

Josh Harrison, Colin Moran and Starling Marte homered for Pittsburgh, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

Adams homered off Edgar Santana (2-3) to erase a 6-4 deficit.

John Brebbia (2-3) picked up the win for St. Louis, which has won two in a row.

Carlos Martinez, a former starter, picked up his third save in as many chances. He gave up run-scoring double to Josh Bell with two out. But he got Francisco Cervelli to ground out to DeJong at deep short to end the game. The play was challenged, but Cervelli was ruled out after a video review.

St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright, making his first start since May 13, gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings.

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