Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch at Pittsburgh (photo/MLB)

Adam Wainwright delivers a pitch at Pittsburgh (photo/MLB)

Ike Davis, the hero of Tuesday night’s game, homered for the second game in a row.  His two run shot in the second inning put the Pirates on top to stay as they win the series over the Cardinals with a 3-1 final Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park.  Adam Wainwright has lost for the fifth time in nine decisions, failing to become MLB’s first 16-game winner.

Wainwright hit Russell Martin with one out, before Davis’ 10th homer of the year.

Matt Holliday made it a one run game when he hit his 18th homer in the third.  It came off Pirates starter Jeff Locke.  He went 7.1 innings, allowing just six hits for the win.  Pittsburgh answered Holliday’s homer with another run in the third.

Locke singled to start the inning and scored on a sac fly from Andrew McCutcheon.  The Pirates had runners on second and third with one out and had Wainwright on the ropes, but he got Neil Walker and Martin to strike out, ending the threat.  Wainwright went six innings and allowed eight hits and a walk.

Prior to his start on July 2nd, Wainwright pitched past the seventh inning eight times.  In the 11 starts over the last two months, Wainwright has not made it into the eighth inning.  He’s 4-5 since the early part of July.