PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jack Flaherty pitched six solid innings to keep his record perfect and Paul DeJong hit a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 12-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Flaherty struck out nine while winning his fifth consecutive start.

He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks and improved to 7-1 in 10 career starts against the Pirates.

DeJong’s homer off Trevor Cahill capped a four-run first.

St. Louis won for the seventh time in nine games.

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