Wilson, Pirates rock Cardinals closer in 9th

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jack Wilson gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a dramatic opening-day victory.

With the Pirates down to their last strike, Wilson hit a three-run double to cap a four-run ninth inning off rookie closer Jason Motte, leading Pittsburgh over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Monday.

In a game played in 41-degree chill, Ryan Ludwick broke a 2-2 tie with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Tyler Yates, and David Freese added a sacrifice fly off John Grabow (1-0) for a 4-2 lead.

The Cardinals will be back at it tonight and attempt to pick up their first win of the season.  The starting pitchers slated for tonight's contest are Ian Snell for Pittsburgh and Kyle Lohse for St. Louis.

First pitch at Busch Stadium is set for 7:15 p.m.

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