Adam Wainwright allowed two hits in eight masterful innings and Paul Goldschmidt homered to steer the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Sunday.
The Cardinals snapped a two-game skid and stored the Pirates from incomes their first collection sweep of the season. They continue to be the one group within the majors with out one.
Wainwright (12-7) threw 106 pitches and retired his last 11 hitters. He hasn’t permitted a run in his previous 19 innings in opposition to the Pirates and has received his final seven choices in opposition to them.
The 39-year-old right-hander struck out 9 and didn’t stroll a batter in bettering to 20-7 lifetime in opposition to Pittsburgh.
“I simply match up fairly effectively in opposition to them,” Wainwright stated. “However, they beat me round fairly good earlier in my profession. That is simply payback.”
Wainwright has given up simply six hits throughout his 19-inning scoreless run in opposition to Pittsburgh, with 19 strikeouts and no walks.
“Textbook. That is the way you train children to pitch,” Goldschmidt stated. “He lives it out day by day. And he is been doing it for such a very long time. Eight innings was large. He actually picked us up at this time.”
Wainwright has gone at the least seven innings in 14 of 25 begins this season. He used his breaking ball to stymie the Pirates for the second time in 11 days, together with a two-hitter in a 4-0 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 11.
His final loss to the Pirates got here on April 3, 2016.
“We have to provide you with a greater recreation plan,” Pittsburgh supervisor Derek Shelton stated. “In some unspecified time in the future we now have to determine a approach to fight that as a result of he is gotten us 3 times now.”
Goldschmidt hit his nineteenth homer within the fifth to make it 2-0. He had two hits and prolonged his hitting streak to 11 video games.
“Been swinging it fairly effectively,” Goldschmidt stated. “Bought a bit of fortunate a number of instances. It in all probability appears to be like higher than it truly is.”
Alex Reyes bought his twenty eighth save in 30 probabilities. Proper fielder Lars Nootbaar hauled in an extended drive by Colin Moran with two on to finish it.
Yadier Molina introduced in Goldschmidt with a run-scoring single within the first off Steven Brault (0-2), who gave up one run and 5 hits over 4 innings. Goldschmidt ripped a one-out single off third base to begin the outburst.
Harrison Bader added a run-scoring single within the eighth.
Pittsburgh received 5 of its earlier six video games in St. Louis.
St. Louis has received 10 of its final 11 in Pittsburgh. The Pirates went 5-4 in St. Louis this season and 3-2 final 12 months.
Pirates: RHP Sam Howard labored two scoreless innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday evening. He’s on the 10-day injured record with a proper indirect pressure.
Pirates: RHP Will Crowe (3-7) will face Arizona within the first of a three-game set Monday in Pittsburgh. The Diamondbacks had but to announce a starter. Crowe ranks fourth amongst NL rookies with 79 strikeouts.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (9-1, 2.68 ERA) will face Detroit RHP Casey Mize (6-6, 3.69) within the opener of a two-game collection Tuesday in St. Louis. Flaherty has allowed two runs in 12 innings over two begins since returning Aug. 13 from an extended stint on the injured record attributable to a left indirect pressure.