St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong 16 watches his walk-off home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in St. Louis. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-4.
ST. LOUIS — Rookie Kolten Wong gave the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight game-winning ninth-inning home run, connecting off Ernesto Frieri with two outs for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.Frieri 1-1 got two routine outs before Wong, batting eighth, hit his third homer on a full count.
The drive over the right-field wall, which was estimated at 420 feet, was the first game-winning homer of Wong’s career and it came a night after Matt Adams hit his first winner off Justin Wilson in a 2-0 victory.
The Cardinals last had consecutive game-winning homers when Albert Pujols twice beat the Cubs on June 4 and 5, 2011.Wong also gave the Cardinals the early lead with a two-run double in the second.Trevor Rosenthal 1-4 struck out Starling Marte on three pitches with two on to end t