Carpenter homers, Cardinals exist Pirates 11-10

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Carpenter seemed to send a St. Louis Cardinals on their approach to an easy win over a Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. His three-run homer gave St. Louis a 5-1 lead in a second inning.

When Luke Voit transposed Carpenter during initial bottom in a seventh inning, a Cardinals led 10-3. It reached 11-3 in a eighth before they scarcely let it trip away.

St. Louis eventually won 11-10 though notwithstanding a nearby collapse, Carpenter pronounced he was never shaken in a dugout.

“Never a doubt. Never a doubt,” pronounced Carpenter, who strike a second of 3 St. Louis home runs in a initial 3 innings. “It was interesting, for sure, though we knew we’d find a approach to finish it off.”

The Cardinals have taken a initial dual games of a four-game array opposite a Pirates to sojourn 1 1/2 games behind a National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis has won 10 of their past 13 games notwithstanding losing 3 true from Aug. 13-16. It has scored during slightest 8 runs in 8 of those 10 wins.

“We indispensable all of them, 11 (runs),” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “I only can’t contend adequate when an offense puts days like that together.”

Right-hander Carlos Martinez (10-9) authorised 3 runs and 6 hits with 4 strikeouts for a win. Right-hander Seung Hwan Oh picked adult his 19th save.

The Cardinals survived a late Pirates push.

Max Moroff strike a two-run home run, Pittsburgh’s third of a game, 420 feet into a Allegheny River on a rebound over a right margin wall to make it 11-5 in a eighth. Josh Bell strike an RBI double and Elias Diaz gathering in dual runs with a double to cut a necessity to 11-8 after in a inning.

Pittsburgh scored dual some-more in a ninth, though left a bases loaded.

“They played. They continued to play,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “They continued to fight. They worked good in a cave together. They continued to speak baseball.”

The Pirates’ losing aria reached 6 games. They are 6 1/2 games behind a Cubs.

Tommy Pham homered in a initial inning to give a Cardinals a 1-0 lead and Paul DeJong done it 6-2 with a solo shot in a third. St. Louis scored dual runs in a fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead and follow Pirates starter Trevor Williams.

Williams (5-6) lasted 3 innings while permitting 8 runs, 3 home runs and 7 hits with 3 strikeouts.

“I suspicion a authority was there,” Williams said. “I had all 4 pitches operative in a zone. It’s only hapless a low round was taken divided from me early. But afterwards again, we still have to make pitches.”

Starling Marte strike an RBI triple to cut a Cardinals’ lead to 8-3 in a fifth inning.

DeJong, who was 3 for 5 with dual RBIs, gathering in Martinez with a singular and Dexter Fowler followed with an RBI double to pull a lead out to 10-3 in a tip of a sixth and Jose Martinez extended it to 11-3 with a singular in a eighth.

Josh Harrison tied it 1-1 in a initial inning with his second home run in a past dual days. His 14 home runs are a career high, commanding his 13 from 2014. David Freese led off a bottom of a second with a home run to cut Pittsburgh’s necessity to 5-2.


Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright was placed on a 10-day infirm list on Friday with right bend impingement. He went only 3 innings while permitting 5 runs and 7 hits in his start opposite a Pirates on Thursday night. RHP Mike Mayers was removed from Triple-A Memphis to fill a register spot.

Pirates: LHP Wade LeBlanc went on a 10-day infirm list with a left quad strain. He authorised 4 runs in a ninth inning to a Cardinals on Thursday. LHP Steven Brault, who authorised dual runs and 4 hits in 4 innings in service of Williams, was removed from Triple-A Indianapolis.


Neither group announced a starting pitcher for Saturday.


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