Goldschmidt’s HR Lifts Cards Over Bucs
Pittsburgh drops five of last six contests
ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt was looking for a single. He ended up getting a whole lot more.
Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Michael Feliz in the seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Pittsburgh 6-5 on Wednesday, dealing the Pirates their fifth loss in six games.
St. Louis trailed 4-3 when Tommy Edman singled off Francisco Liriano (4-2) with one out in the seventh and Jose Martinez walked. Feliz relieved, and Goldschmidt followed with his 18th homer.
“I had two strikes there, I was just trying to put something in play,” Goldschmidt said. “I knew a single would tie the game up there so if I could just put something in play maybe find a hole and at least tie the game up and was able to get enough of it to get it out of there.”
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Feliz’s stuff matches up better against Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill than anyone else out of the Pittsburgh bullpen.
“Goldschmidt and O’Neill were 0 for 5 against him coming in,” Hurdle said. “Unfortunately the fastball location was off on the pitch he threw Goldy today.”
John Brebbia (3-3) struck out four in two perfect innings. Carlos Martinez gave up an RBI single to Bryan Reynolds in the ninth before Starling Marte hit into a forceout, giving Martinez his sixth save in eight chances.
“The bullpen continued to be somewhat the unsung heroes,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “They’re not in our clubhouse, but sometimes they get overlooked for doing their job.”
O’Neill also homered for the Cardinals, who won two of three from the Pirates.
O’Neill singled in a run in the first and hit a solo homer in the fifth. He is 10 for his past 20 with four home runs.
“I’m just trying to see the ball and keep things simple,” O’Neill said. “Just hit it where it’s pitched and good things are going to happen off of that.”
Daniel Ponce de Leon made his first start since the Cardinals announced he was joining the rotation and gave up four runs, eight hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Pirates starter Chris Archer allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. Archer had a pair of hits, including an RBI single in a three-run fourth, after starting the season 1 for 25 at the plate. Reynolds chased de Leon with a two-run single.
“O’Neill got me,” Archer said. “He’s hot right now. I definitely want to execute better in that situation.”
Marte homered in the first, his fourth home run on a six-game trip.
“It’s good to win this series,” Goldschmidt said. “Yesterday we were right there, just couldn’t get the hit. Today we were able to. That’s what we’ve got to find a way to go is win those close games.”
Cardinals C Andrew Knizner got his first major league hit with a double in the second inning that set up Jose Martinez’s sacrifice fly.
Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco stopped his rehab at Triple-A Indianapolis because of left shoulder soreness and will be evaluated in Pittsburgh. … INF Erik Gonzalez (broken left clavicle) was to resume a rehab assignment at Indianapolis on Wednesday night. …. RHP Chad Kuhl and RHP Edgar Santana threw off a slope for the first time since Tommy John surgery.
Cardinals: INF Jedd Gyorko (right wrist surgery) hit off a tee for the first time since getting hurt. “I don’t want to get too excited about anything yet because there’s still a lot of steps to go,” Gyorko said. “But we’re definitely I think on the mend. Everything is feeling better than what it used to so we’re headed in the right direction.”
Pirates: RHP Jordan Lyles (5-6, 5.16 ERA) starts a homestand opener Friday night against Philadelphia. Lyles gave seven runs in two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson is to start Thursday night at Cincinnati and RHP Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.99 ERA). Hudson is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three career appearances against the Reds.
Cubs 5, Reds 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to finally earn his first win at Wrigley Field as a Cub and lead Chicago past the Cincinnati Reds.
Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered for the only hits off Sonny Gray (5-6) as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.
Jason Heyward drove in two insurance runs with a double as the NL Central leaders took two of three from the Reds to win just their second series since sweeping St. Louis on June 7-9.
Brewers 5, Braves 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Josh Hader struck out Ozzie Albies with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth to preserve the Milwaukee Brewers’ win over the Atlanta Braves.
Christian Yelich hit his 34th homer of the season to tie the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the major league lead. It was Yelich’s third home run in four games.
The Brewers jumped out to an early lead on Manny Pina’s two-run homer in the second inning. Yelich made it 3-0 in the sixth before Keston Hiura and Pina added RBI hits later in the inning to make it 5-0.
Giants 11, Rockies 8
DENVER (AP) — Donovan Solano had four hits, including a tie-breaking home run leading off the sixth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Rockies to complete a four-game series sweep, their first at Colorado in nearly eight years.
Pablo Sandoval sparked a three-run first inning with a two-run double and Stephen Vogt also homered for the surging Giants, who have won five straight and 12 of their last 14. Brandon Belt had an RBI single among his three hits.
Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon homered for the Rockies, losers of four straight and 11 of their last 13.
Padres 3, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins.
The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major league team never to have thrown a no-hitter.
After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the next two batters and then departed, matching the longest outing of his career. He struck out eight, walked one, threw 94 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.70.