MLB Game Recap - St. Louis at Pittsburgh
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

NYY
5
BOS
1
F
ARI
2
CIN
0
F
KC
7
MIA
2
F
TOR
3
TB
5
F
STL
10
PIT
1
F
TEX
9
BAL
4
F
PHI
5
NYM
0
F
CHC
2
MIL
3
F
SEA
1
HOU
2
F
CLE
3
MIN
5
F
LAA
8
CHW
7
F
WAS
4
ATL
5
F
COL
0
SD
3
F
DET
2
OAK
10
F
SF
1
LAD
0
F

September 7, 2019 7:05 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

St. Louis (80-62)

0

0

4

0

0

2

2

0

2

10

11

0

Pittsburgh (62-80)

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

2

W: Wainwright (11-9)

L: Brault (4-4)

STL - HR: Ozuna (26)

PIT - HR: none

Ozuna leads Wainwright, Cardinals over Pirates 10-1
Sat Sep 7, 2019 11:41 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) Marcell Ozuna knew he found something in the first inning. He battled for eight pitches before getting ahold of a fastball, only to see it fly right to Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds.

The next time up, Ozuna put it all together. He hit a three-run homer to break out of his slump, and Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings, to help the St. Louis Cardinals extend their lead atop the NL Central with a 10-1 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

"I was ready to swing," Ozuna said. "I was ready to battle. (We had runners on) first and second. (Paul Goldschmidt) had flied out. Let me go after one. A couple games, I don't drive in any runs. That one swing in the first at-bat, I said, `I think I got it."'

The Cardinals are 3 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs for first in the Central with Chicago's 3-2 loss to Milwaukee.

After Dexter Fowler opened the scoring with an RBI single earlier in the third inning, Ozuna connected against Steven Brault (4-4) for his 26th home run of the season and a 4-0 lead. The cleanup hitter also walked twice after having two hits in his previous 35 at-bats.

Wainwright (11-9) helped himself, and the Cardinals wearing their baby blue uniforms, with a double and single while lasting seven innings for the second straight start. He gave up one run and six hits.

"Today was about bucking the trend and personal challenges," Wainwright said. "They say the Cardinals don't win in the baby blues. They say Waino doesn't pitch well in Pittsburgh. So perfect. Those were the two thoughts I went into the game with trying to prove that wrong."

Starling Marte drove in the Pirates' run with a single in the third. He had three RBIs and four hits, including a first-inning triple Saturday, in seven at-bats in two games since missing the previous two with a leg injury.

Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader chased Brault with a pair of RBI singles that extended the lead to 6-1 in the sixth. Brault allowed six runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks, a balk, a wild pitch and a hit batter.

"Below average command today was his biggest problem," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "He had eight three-ball counts on the day. ... Not a lot of swing and miss. He's had more in the past with two walks and two strikeouts. He went out there fighting. He just wasn't sharp."

Brault hadn't given up more than four runs in 15 appearances - 13 starts - since May 12, when St. Louis also tagged him for six in 3 2/3 innings before losing 10-6.

"The way I was taught is that if you have 30 starts a year, you're going to have four starts where you feel incredible, four starts where you feel terrible, and then 22 starts where you'll be somewhere in the middle," Brault said. "Tonight was somewhere in the middle, but near the bad side. Three-run home runs are day-killers, so keep the ball out of the stands and it'll be a different ballgame."

Paul DeJong tacked on two more runs with a double off Clay Holmes, making it 8-1 in the seventh. Bader hit an RBI double in the ninth before Andrew Knizner scored on a groundball to cap it.

"We show up ready to go every night," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "Get better as the series goes. ... Guys just had tough at-bats, and just added on."

KEEP IT GOING

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single to center in the ninth inning. His career best string is 16 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Mitch Keller is expected to rejoin the starting rotation Tuesday after sustaining a right wrist contusion Sept. 3. He was originally in line to start Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (9-7, 3.14) is coming off his best outing of the season. He allowed one hit with eight strikeouts in eight innings of a 1-0 win against San Francisco on Sept. 3.

Pirates: RHP James Marvel (0-0) will make his major league debut Sunday. He was 7-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

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Pitchers of Record

St. Louis IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
A. Wainwright (W, 11-9) 7 6 1 1 3 1.29 1.000
Pittsburgh IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
S. Brault (L, 4-4) 5.1 6 5 2 2 8.44 1.500

Batting Leaders

St. Louis AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Ozuna 3 1 3 1 3 2 4 0 2.7
H. Bader 4 2 0 0 2 1 3 1 2.1
Pittsburgh AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
S. Marte 3 2 0 0 1 0 4 0 2.7
S. Brault 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.5

Team Comparison

STL PIT
At Bats 39 31
Hits 11 6
Batting Average .282 .194
On Base Percentage .391 .242
Slugging Percentage 0.462 0.258
Doubles 4 0
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 1 0
Total Bases 18 8
Walks 5 2
Strikeouts 7 7
Stolen Bases 2 1
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 9 5
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 6/22 1/2
Double Plays Fielded 3 3
Errors 0 2

2019 Regular Season - STL Leads Series 13-5

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon Apr 1 STL 6 @ PIT 5 J. Hicks S. Brault
Wed Apr 3 STL 5 @ PIT 4 J. Gant N. Burdi
Thu May 9 PIT 4 @ STL 17 M. Wacha J. Musgrove
Fri May 10 PIT 2 @ STL 1 T. Williams A. Miller
Sat May 11 PIT 2 @ STL 1 J. Lyles M. Mikolas
Sun May 12 PIT 10 @ STL 6 C. Stratton J. Brebbia
Mon Jul 15 PIT 0 @ STL 7 M. Mikolas J. Musgrove
Tue Jul 16 PIT 3 @ STL 1 F. Liriano C. Martinez
Wed Jul 17 PIT 5 @ STL 6 J. Brebbia F. Liriano
Mon Jul 22 STL 6 @ PIT 5 C. Shreve C. Holmes
Tue Jul 23 STL 4 @ PIT 3 D. Hudson C. Archer
Wed Jul 24 STL 14 @ PIT 8 A. Wainwright J. Lyles
Thu Jul 25 STL 6 @ PIT 3 M. Mikolas J. Musgrove
Fri Aug 9 PIT 2 @ STL 6 C. Martinez R. Rodriguez
Sat Aug 10 PIT 1 @ STL 3 A. Wainwright J. Musgrove
Sun Aug 11 PIT 9 @ STL 11 J. Gant K. Crick
Fri Sep 6 STL 4 @ PIT 9 W. Wang A. Miller
Sat Sep 7 STL 10 @ PIT 1 A. Wainwright S. Brault

Game Information

Stadium: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 23,996
Game Time: 3:24
Weather: 73F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?