St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jason Kipnis crushed a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to help the Tribe take a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game interleague set at Busch Stadium.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the ninth, Jason Motte (3-3) came on for the Cardinals and served up a single to Johnny Damon to start the frame. Asdrubal Cabrera then walked two batters later before Kipnis crushed a fastball deep into the right-field seats to give the Tribe a three-run lead.
Vinnie Pestano (3-0) got the win after firing a scoreless eighth in relief of starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed one run on five hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings of work. Chris Perez recorded his 20th save of the season by blanking the Cardinals in the ninth.
Joe Kelly was impressive in his Major League debut, allowing just one run on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts over five-plus frames.
Carlos Beltran accounted for the only St. Louis run with a solo homer in the first as the Cardinals dropped two-of-three and failed on their seventh attempt to win a series against Cleveland.
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