ST. LOUIS (AP) - Brendan Ryan's broken-bat infield hit in the 10th inning drove in the game's lone run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on Friday night.
Chris Carpenter allowed five hits over eight innings for the Cardinals, who have won 8 of 9 at home and regained first place in the NL Central by a half-game over Cincinnati. St. Louis is 35-16 at home and rebounded after a 2-5 trip.
Ryan Ludwick opened the 10th with a double off Javier Lopez (2-2), his first pinch-hit in nine at-bats this season, and advanced on a sacrifice. The infield was in for Ryan's grounder and second baseman Neil Walker knocked it down with a lunge to his left but then bobbled the ball as Ludwick, who had hesitated, sprinted for home.