Not since the heartbreaking 19-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves in 2011, which began the slide for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, had the club played a game that lasted this long.  The Bucs have played just four extra-inning games in the 2012 season, the longest lasting 12 frames. That was until Pittsburgh and St. Louis battled through 19 innings, six hours and seven minutes to notch their 67th victory of the season. It was arguably their biggest win of the season. If you need belief that this year might just be different for the Pirates, that might have been it.

After the Pirates tied the game up at 2 in the sixth inning, the Pirates and Cardinals battled through 10 scoreless innings until Pittsburgh rallied in the 17th.

For the first time in the game, the Pirates loaded the b...

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