- Associated Press - Sunday, April 27, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After they lost a crucial appeal, things quickly unraveled for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Adam Wainwright became the majors’ first five-game winner and Jhonny Peralta ended the St. Louis Cardinals‘ 366 at-bat homerless drought with a pair of long drive balls to beat the Pirates 7-0 on Sunday.

Peralta’s second homer came two at-bats after the Pirates thought they’d turned an inning-ending double-play in the sixth.

“You saw how it changed the complexion of the game,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We finish that double play right there, three runs don’t get on the board.”


Make that four runs, after the appeal was denied and replays indicated first baseman Ike Davis‘ foot was off the bag while stretching for an off-line relay from second baseman Neil Walker.

Allen Craig’s bloop RBI single preceded Peralta’s three-run homer that put the Cardinals up by six. Edinson Volquez (1-2) would have been out of the inning with no damage and the Pirates down by two runs, but instead gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings.

“He was out,” Volquez said. “It’s tough when you pitch against a guy like Wainwright. We got an opportunity to stay in the game longer, but it’s bad.”

Hurdle contended that if umpires had ruled a double play on Yadier Molina’s grounder to third, the Cardinals would have had no success challenging, either.

“I think if he gets called out and Mike (Matheny) challenges, he stays out,” Hurdle said. “He gets called safe, he stays safe.”

“That part of it, we’re doing the best with what we’ve got,” he said.

Davis was prone on the dirt stretching for the relay and was adamant replay got it wrong, contending he had contact with the base for “at least a half-second” after gloving the relay.

“I knew I was on the bag. You can look at the video yourself and you would think I was on the bag, too,” Davis said. “But I guess it wasn’t a close enough view.”

Craig’s single made it 2-0, his first RBI in eight games, before Peralta connected.

The Pirates have dropped five of six. Volquez is 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA in 12 career starts against St. Louis.

Matt Holliday, Craig and Molina also had RBIs for the Cardinals, who totaled five runs in their previous four games. St. Louis took two of three from the Pirates, shutting them out in both wins.

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