Pirates Drop 4th Straight

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell drops his bat as he grounds out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Monday, July 15, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas pitched an eight-hitter and Tyler O’Neill hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

It was the first complete game this season and second overall for Mikolas (6-9), who lasted just four innings in his last start before the All-Star game. He struck out three and walked none while throwing 100 pitches.

It was first complete game by a Cardinals pitcher this season. Mikolas had the only one last year on May 21 against Kansas City.

Mikolas pitched out of three jams. In the fifth with two outs, he gave up singles by Corey Dickerson and Kevin Newman. A balk put runners on second and third. Mikolas got Jacob Stallings to ground out, ending the inning. In the sixth, he allowed one-out singles to Adam Frazier and Brian Reynolds, his third hit. Starling Marte grounded into an inning-ending double play. He also hit into a double play in the first inning. In the seventh, Colin Moran doubled with one out and was stranded at third.

St. Louis has won three games in a row.

O’Neill had his first career multi-homer game, and drove in four runs for the second time in the last three games. He also singled to fhinish with three hits.

The Pirates have lost four consecutive games.

Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove (6-8) gave up five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three along with hitting a batter.

Dickerson had rough night in left field and figured prominently in the first two St. Louis runs.

The Cardinals scored an unearned run in the first inning. Paul Goldschmidt walked with two outs and O’Neill hit a line drive that Dickerson dropped, allowing Goldschmidt to score. Musgrove ended up striking out the side but he needed 36 pitches without allowing a hit to get out of the inning.

St. Louis went ahead 3-0 in the third. Matt Carpenter was called out at first on a close play to start the inning. After a 37-second challenge, the call was overturned. With one out, Goldschmidt hit a fly ball to deep left in front of the fence. The ball hit Dickerson’s glove and popped out. It was ruled a double. An infield hit by O’Neill moved Goldschmidt to third and he came home on a sacrifice fly by Dexter Fowler.

The Cardinals chased Musgrove in the fifth. DeJong singled after Carpenter was picked off first by Stallings. After Goldschmidt struck out, Musgrove gave up a two-run homer to center field on his first pitch to O’Neill, giving St. Louis a 5-0 lead.

O’Neill got his second home run to center off reliever Kyle Crick in the seventh after Goldschmidt walked with two outs.

INJURY

Carpenter fouled a ball of the top his right foot in the seventh and had to leave the game. With a 3-2 count, Tommy Edman came in to finish the at-bat. He struck out and it was charged to Carpenter.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Cardinals Hall of Famer and broadcaster Mike Shannon celebrated his 80th birthday. The two-time World Series champion has been with the Cardinals for 62 years, including nine in a St. Louis uniform. He became a broadcaster in 1972 and has been there ever since. A cake was delivered to Shannon after two innings and was shown on the scoreboard. The fans began singing “Happy Birthday” accompanied by the stadium organist.

TRAINING ROOM

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder inflammation) left his rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis after two plate appearances with left shoulder tightness. The Pirates rested Polanco on Monday and will examine him Tuesday.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) remains on a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Memphis. He went on a 30-day injury rehab June 26.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Dario Agrazal (2-0, 2.18) will be making his third big-league start. In his last outing, he went six innings and allowed two runs against Milwaukee.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-6, 4.64) will be making his sixth career start and appearance against Pittsburgh and first one this season. The Cardinals are 4-1 in his five starts against Pittsburgh, winning the last four.

Reds 6, Cubs 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and Yasiel Puig each hit his 22nd home run of the season, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied past the Chicago Cubs.

Jesse Winker raced home with an unearned go-ahead run to cap a two-run seventh inning that made a winner of All-Star Luis Castillo.

Curt Casali sent the first pitch from reliever Steve Cishek (2-5) in the seventh into the left-field bleachers to tie it at 3. Winker pinch-hit for Castillo and singled, then the Reds jumped on errors by two usually sure-handed Cubs infielders to take the lead.

Winker advanced to second when shortstop Javier Baez couldn’t handle Nick Senzel’s grounder. Winker came home when Suarez’s hard bouncer slipped over David Bote’s glove at third.

Braves 4, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit his 25th home run of the season, Max Fried pitched five scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves’ relievers hung on for a victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The win marked the fifth straight for the first-place Braves who are now a season-best 21 games over .500.

Fried (10-4) pitched gave up three hits and struck out five in just 78 pitches. The left-hander is now 2-0 with 11 shutout innings pitched against Milwaukee this year. Luke Jacksno pitched the ninth for his 17th save of the season.

Dodgers 16, Phillies 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit his 32nd and 33rd homers, Clayton Kershaw struck out seven in six innings and the major league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Philadelphia Phillies.

Bellinger passed reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich for the MLB lead in homers and drew “M-V-P” chants from a large group of Dodgers fans who made the cross-country trip to Philly and nearly turned it into a home game for Los Angeles.

The vocal Dodgers faithful, sitting across several sections in the second deck in right field, taunted Bryce Harper by chanting “Over-rated!” and “Where is Harper?” after the slugger exited the game.

Giants 19, Rockies 2, Game 1

Giants 2, Rockies 1, Game 2

DENVER (AP) — Brandon Crawford homered three times and drove in nine runs over the course of two games Monday, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies in the nightcap to complete a sweep of a split doubleheader.

Crawford followed Stephen Vogt’s homer off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) leading off the fourth with one of his own. It was the second time on the day he was part of a back to back set.

In the first game, Crawford went 5 for 6 with two homers and tied a San Francisco team record with eight RBIs as the Giants scored a season high in runs in a rout of the Rockies.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Indians 8, Tigers 6

CLEVELAND (AP) — Oscar Mercado hit his second home run of the game — a leadoff blast in the seventh inning — and the Cleveland Indians continued to dominate Detroit with a win over the Tigers.

Mercado, who came into the game in a 1-for-25 skid, homered into the bleachers in left field off Victor Alcantara (3-2) to break a 5-all tie. Mercado also hit a solo home run off Detroit starter Daniel Norris in the fifth.

The Indians have won nine of 10 against the Tigers this season, including eight in a row.

Cleveland dropped two of three to AL Central-leading Minnesota coming out of the All-Star break. The Indians lost the first two games of the weekend series before salvaging Sunday’s finale and are six games behind the Twins.

The game was delayed for 54 minutes in the top of the seventh by heavy rain and strong winds. The grounds crew needed nearly a half-hour to clear the outfield warning track of standing water from the downpour.

Rays 5, Yankees 4

NEW YORK (AP) — Travis d’Arnaud hit three home runs, including a startling, three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman, and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame their Yankee Stadium woes to beat New York.

D’Arnaud went the other way on a full-count breaking ball, lofting a go-ahead drive that sailed over the leap of right fielder Aaron Judge. Several Rays players spilled from the dugout to congratulate d’Arnaud while a crowd of 43,173 fell silent.

The catcher tied a Tampa Ray record for homers in a game. It has been done five times, most recently by Evan Longoria in 2012.

Royals 5, White Sox 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jakob Junis struck out a career-high 10 and Nicky Lopez drove in a pair of runs and scored twice as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox.

The Royals beat Lucas Giolito for the first time and thwarted his bid for a 12th victory. The right-hander entered the game 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 previous career starts against Kansas City. After an eight-game winning streak, Giolito is 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA in his last five starts.

Junis (5-8) worked seven innings and gave up one run, James McCann’s 10th homer of the season.

Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.358, 19 for 53) with a bunt single in the seventh. He leads the majors with 122 hits.

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 8

BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Michael Chavis hit a grand slam, Xander Bogaerts had three hits and Andrew Benintendi drove in three runs for Boston to lead the Red Sox to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Boston batted around for five runs in the first inning against starter Trent Thornton (3-7) and then sent 10 batters to the plate in the third, scoring five more.

Rick Porcello (7-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out two. Brandon Workman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Four of the first five batters reached safely against Thornton before Chavis hit a 3-2 pitch 421 feet over the Green Monster in left-center to make it 5-0. It was his 16th homer, and the first grand slam of his career.

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