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Sanchez struggles before ejection as Cardinals rout Pirates

Getty Images - Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (right) argues with umpire Tim Timmons after Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez (not pictured) was tossed out of the game by Timmons for hitting a batter during the first inning against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (right) argues with umpire Tim Timmons after Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez (not pictured) was tossed out of the game by Timmons for hitting a batter during the first inning against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - The Pirates' Starling Marte reacts to being hit by a pitch in the hand against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>The Pirates' Starling Marte reacts to being hit by a pitch in the hand against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
AP - Home plate umpire Tim Timmons (left) throws out Pirates manager Clint Hurdle during the inning against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Home plate umpire Tim Timmons (left) throws out Pirates manager Clint Hurdle during the inning against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - Cardinals starter Lance Lynn dodges an inside pitch while attempting to bunt against the Pirates during the sixth inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Cardinals starter Lance Lynn dodges an inside pitch while attempting to bunt against the Pirates during the sixth inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez reacts to being tossed from the game after hitting a batter during the first inning against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez reacts to being tossed from the game after hitting a batter during the first inning against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
AP - Pirates second baseman Neil Walker dives but can't reach a ball hit for a single by the Cardinals' Jon Jay during the fourth inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Pirates second baseman Neil Walker dives but can't reach a ball hit for a single by the Cardinals' Jon Jay during the fourth inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - The Pirates' Garrett Jones tosses the ball to first base for an out against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>The Pirates' Garrett Jones tosses the ball to first base for an out against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - Pirates reliever Jeanmar Gomez delivers against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Pirates reliever Jeanmar Gomez delivers against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
AP - The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (right) celebrates after hitting a solo home run as Pirates catcher Russell Martin (left) stands by during the first inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (right) celebrates after hitting a solo home run as Pirates catcher Russell Martin (left) stands by during the first inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez delivers against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Pirates starter Jonathan Sanchez delivers against the Cardinals on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
AP - Home plate umpire Tim Timmons (left) talks with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and catcher Russell Martin (55) after throwing starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (right) out of the game for hitting the Cardinals' Allen Craig with a pitch during the first inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Home plate umpire Tim Timmons (left) talks with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and catcher Russell Martin (55) after throwing starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (right) out of the game for hitting the Cardinals' Allen Craig with a pitch during the first inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
AP - The Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (right) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez during the first inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>The Cardinals' Matt Carpenter (right) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Pirates starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez during the first inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - Cardinals starter Lance Lynn sits in the dugout between innings against the Pirates on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>Cardinals starter Lance Lynn sits in the dugout between innings against the Pirates on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
Getty Images - The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run against the Pirates' Jeanmar Gomez during the fifth inning on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Getty Images</em></div>The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run against the Pirates' Jeanmar Gomez during the fifth inning on Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
AP - Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate celebrates after getting the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez to ground out with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate celebrates after getting the Pirates' Pedro Alvarez to ground out with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth inning Friday, April 26, 2013, in St. Louis.

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Friday, April 26, 2013, 11:45 p.m.
 

ST. LOUIS — A three-hour game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night put a lot of things — none of them good — in motion for the Pirates.

Neil Walker got a deep cut near his right index finger and likely is headed to the disabled list. Jonathan Sanchez was shelled then ejected and now is going to the bullpen (for one day, at least). Starling Marte was bruised and sore after being hit by two pitches.

Manager Clint Hurdle watched most of the 9-1 loss from the clubhouse after being ejected in the first inning. He soon was joined by hitting coach Jay Bell, who also was tossed.

“A rough night,” sighed Walker, who needed six stitches in his knuckle after being spiked by shortstop Pete Kozma in the eighth inning while trying to break up a double play.

“No (damaged) tendons or anything like that, but I'm going to have to give it a few days of no moving it,” Walker said. “The doc says hopefully in six or seven days he'll be able to take the stitches out. It's one of those freak things.”

Sanchez gave up three straight hits — two homers and a single — to start the first inning. Then he nailed Allen Craig with a fastball high on the shoulder. Sanchez was immediately ejected by umpire Tim Timmons.

“You've got two home runs, and then you've got a line-drive single up the middle, and then the very first pitch is up around the shoulder and head area,” Timmons told a pool reporter. “He threw intentionally at him, and in that area I deemed that intentional, and he's done. Very dangerous.”

After a brief, boisterous exchange with Timmons, Hurdle also was tossed.

“We disagreed,” Hurdle said. “(Sanchez) was tying to push the batter back and he clipped him.”

Hurdle indicated the Pirates will alert the commissioner's office to what they believe was a too-hasty action by Timmons.

Sanchez said it was the first time he'd been ejected.

“It surprised me,” Sanchez said. “(Timmons) said it was obvious I wanted to hit him. I said no, I just missed my spot.”

Both teams got warnings after Sanchez's ejection, but no action was taken against Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn when he twice hit Marte.

“He didn't hit him intentionally,” Timmons said.

After Marte was plunked for the second time, Bell was ejected by Timmons for yapping in the dugout.

“He wouldn't stop talking,” said umpire crew chief Mike Winters, who was stationed at first base, across the field from the Pirates' dugout.

Gaby Sanchez was nicked by a pitch in the eighth. Reliever Jared Hughes buzzed Cardinals starter Lance Lynn with a fastball on a bunt attempt.

That all could set the stage for an interesting rematch Saturday, when fiery right-hander A.J. Burnett will start for the Pirates.

Sanchez became the first Pirates starter to leave a game without recording an out since Aug. 23, 2010, when Ross Ohlendorf was felled by a sore shoulder. Because he threw only 17 pitches Friday, Sanchez will be available out of the bullpen Saturday, Hurdle said.

Even before Friday night's fireworks, Sanchez was clearly in danger of losing his job. Lefty Francisco Liriano is expected to come off the disabled list May 10, and someone will have to be jettisoned from the rotation.

In four starts, Sanchez (0-2) has pitched a total of 11 13 innings — lasting beyond the fourth inning only once. He has allowed 21 hits and eight walks, and his ERA is 12.71.

In the first inning, Matt Carpenter launched a full-count pitch 412 feet into the center-field seats. Carlos Beltran followed with a shot to left. Matt Holliday singled.

Sanchez's next pitch nailed Allen, who paused before walking slowly to first base.

Righty Jeanmar Gomez took over for Sanchez. If Sanchez is bounced from the rotation before Liriano arrives, Gomez — who's made 38 starts over the past three seasons for the Cleveland Indians — could take his place.

Gomez calmed down the first inning by getting the first batter he faced, Yadier Molina, to bounce into a double play.

The Cardinals got a run off Gomez in the third. Holliday walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Craig's single.

Lynn (4-0) wasn't really challenged by the Pirates. The right-hander gave up just two hits and amassed nine strikeouts in seven innings.

The Pirates got their run in the sixth. Garrett Jones doubled — the first hit off Lynn since Marte began the game with an infield single. Jones went to third on a grounder and scored on Pedro Alvarez's deep fly to left.

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