Cardinals plunder Pirates, win second straight
ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals won their second straight game over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Pirates' Adam Frazier hit a home run off Adam Wainwright on the very first pitch of the game, but the Pittsburgh offense had no answers after that.
Wainwright threw six innings, struck out eight and allowed just the one run.
The Cardinals' offense had its struggles early as well. St. Louis loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning with zero outs, but scored only one run.
St. Louis capitalized on the Pirates' defensive mistakes in the sixth inning. Tommy Edman hit a double to right centerfield, but Pirates' shortstop Kevin Newman failed to realize Edman had stopped at second and fired the ball to third. His throw was off the mark and went into the dugout, allowing Edman to score.
The Cardinals added another run later in the inning. Paul Goldschmidt scored on a Paul DeJong infield single.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 60-55 on the season and remain a half-game back of the Milwaukee Brewers for the final wild card playoff spot in the National League.
It was the Pirates' seventh straight loss.