Starting pitcher Todd Wellemeyer wasn’t involved in the decision, but his strong performance helped the St. Louis Cardinals as they downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Friday night at PNC Park.

Wellemeyer allowed only 1 run on 3 hits in 6 innings and left with the score tied at 1. The Redbirds ended up scoring 4 runs in the 8 th inning and another in the 9 th for the victory.

Jim Edmonds, who pinch hit in the 8 th inning, was the hitting hero on the night, driving in 3 runs with a single.

Russ Springer (8-1) pitched 1 shutout inning for the win. John Grabow (3-2) allowed 4 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning to take the loss.

The Cards (76-84) and the Bucs (68-92) play Saturday night at PNC Park. Adam Wainwright (13-12) takes the mound for St. Louis against Pittsburgh’s Tom Gorzelanny (14-9).