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Pirates outlast Cardinals in 19-inning marathon | Baseball Notebook

Pedro Alvarez hit a go-ahead home run in the 19th inning as Pittsburgh beat St. Louis in a 6-hour, 7-minute marathon.

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ST. LOUIS — Even Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez was starting to lose focus late in the Pirates' 6-3, 19-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

"I was getting a little stagnant out there," he said. "It's one of those things where it's mind over matter. You've just got to fight and keep that desire going."

Alvarez's 23rd homer of the season broke a 3-3 tie and Andrew McCutcheon added a two-run single later in the 19th as the Pirates won the longest game in the majors this season.

It took 6 hours, 7 minutes, tying the longest contest by time this season, matching a 17-inning game between Baltimore and Boston on May 6.

Wandy Rodriguez, who was to start for the Pirates Monday in San Diego, got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. It was his first win as a reliever in 232 appearances in the majors.

"That was a backyard tug of war," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. "We finally got some separation in the 19th inning."

About 9,000 fans from the original crowd of 43,412 stayed until the end.

Notes

• An associate of Giants All-Star Melky Cabrera purchased a website and attempted to create evidence to support a claim that the outfielder inadvertently took the substance that caused a positive drug test, Major League Baseball officials said. The scheme was uncovered as Cabrera prepared his case to challenge the test. Cabrera's grievance then was dropped, and MLB announced a 50-game suspension last week.

• Red Sox OF Carl Crawford probably needs season-ending surgery on his left elbow, the team said.

• Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied that he had any part in text messages that reportedly undermined Boston manager Bobby Valentine to Red Sox owners. Boston traded Shoppach to the Mets last week.

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