Pirates to promote pitching prospect Nick Kingham, set to start Sunday

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With AP Photos.Nick Kingham of the Pittsburgh Pirates has lost his bid for a flawless game in his major league debut when Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals singled with two outs in the seventh inning.

Kingham, 26, will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis and make a spot start for Pittsburgh.

Weaver pitched five scoreless inning before walking the bases loaded with one out in the sixth. Roark has had some trouble against the Pirates in his career, posting a poor 5.32 ERA with a 2-1 record in 23.2 innings pitched.

"Luke was good. Very good", Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. Just unfortunate in the sixth, an infield single and bloop single. "Tried to give us a chance and (Diaz) came through with the big hit".

Pittsburgh defeated St Louis when Marte knocked in David Freese with a single to center field in Major League Baseball action.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, Kingham has struggled with injuries throughout his years in the Pirates' minor league system, never pitching more than 159 innings in a season. After all, he was only seven outs away from pitching the first ideal game in the 131-year history of the Pirates, and he almost accomplished the feat less than three years removed from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to return Tuesday, Matheny said.

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Pirates: LHP Enny Romero was put on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder impingement.

With a combination of mostly sinkers, changeups and fastballs, Williams (4-1) quieted the Cardinals lineup and allowed just two runs on four hits in six innings. The Pirates planned to designate him for assignment to make room for Kingham on the 25-man roster. Sean Rodriguez replaced him at second base in the top of the seventh.

"He's sitting down there in the six hole, and he's leading the team in RBIs", Hurdle said.

"I think we've played so many of those (close games), but it's nice to be able to see the win at the end as opposed to being on the other end", Wieters said.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-2, 4.91) will try to get back on track when he starts against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on Monday. His last time out, a decent start - two runs in 5 1/3 innings - got buried by an ineffective bullpen in a 6-2 loss Saturday at Philadelphia. The Cardinals have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four of their last nine games.

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