Pedro Alvarez's first-inning grand slam was all the offense the Pirates would need as Pittsburgh defeated the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3. Starter Jeff Karstens recorded his first win of the season.Get More MLB Video
The Pirates defeated the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Pedro Alvarez got things going for the Buccos with a Grand Slam in the first inning. Jeff Karstens gave Pittsburgh 7 good innings allowing just two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven. St. Louis' 10 game winner Lance Lynn only lasted 5 innings. He got shelled for six earned runs on seven hits. Carlos Beltran drove in a run with his 400th career double in the bottom of the eighth, however, the game was already far out of reach as the Pirates trumped the Cardinals, 7-3.