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Pirates 9, Cardinals 1

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ST. LOUIS -- Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez was expecting some pearls of wisdom from pitching coach Ray Searage before Thursday night's start at St. Louis.

''He came up to me and I figured we were going to go over their lineup, do some scouting,'' Volquez said. ''But all he said was, `Go out there and win.'''

Volquez compiled with those simple instructions, tossing a complete game six-hitter to win his fourth straight start in a 9-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which avoided being swept in the four-game series.

Volquez (8-6) has a 0.90 ERA in winning four consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He struck out five and walked two in recording the second complete-game win of his career.

He allowed just one hit as a member of the San Diego Padres in beating Houston 1-0 on July 19, 2012.

''He used his breaking ball effectively and he got outs when he needed them,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''It's about throwing strikes and changing speeds. It was a real good effort.''

Volquez seemed to get better as the game went along. He needed a season-high 114 pitches to give the Pirates their first complete game of the season.

''He had command of all of his pitches,'' St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter said. ''We just weren't able to get anything going.''

Volquez allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in each of the first four innings. He then gave up just two hits over the final five.

''When he gets past the fifth, he smells the finish,'' Hurdle said.

Shelby Miller (7-8) allowed four runs in five innings. He walked four and struck out one.

Walker extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games with a two-run double in the fifth that extended the Pirates lead to 4-1. McCutchen started the three-run uprising with a run-scoring single that broke a 1-all tie.

McCutchen drove in a run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. Harrison added a two-run double in the inning that made it 6-1.

Martin homered off Jason Motte in the ninth. Martin drove in his 500th career run in the first inning.

The Pirates had been held to six runs in losing the first three games of the series. They were a combined 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position in those losses.

On Thursday, they came up with several key hits in a 4-for-11 effort with runners in scoring position.

''We took advantage of some mistakes and some opportunities and we were able to play our game,'' Walker said.

The Cardinals were playing without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb in Wednesday's 5-2 win. Molina will undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks.

''I think it was a tough night for our club in general,'' manager Mike Mathney said. ''We just didn't look right from the beginning.''

St. Louis tied it in the third on a sacrifice fly by Carpenter. Kolten Wong began the inning with a single.

Miller lost his third straight decision.

''I didn't do a good job of getting ahead in the count,'' Miller said. ''I ended up walking guys and they took advantage of the situation.''

Notes

St. Louis OF Allen Craig, mired in an 0-for-13 skid did not play Thursday. ...The Cardinals open a three-game series in Milwaukee on Friday. Joe Kelly (1-1, 0.59) will face Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.45) in the first game. Kelly is making his first appearance since straining his left hamstring on April 16. ... Pittsburgh will travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series beginning Friday. LHP Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.08) will face Mat Latos (2-1, 2.41) in the opener. ... St. Louis C Tony Cruz, who is replacing Molina, allowed a passed ball in the sixth that brought in a run. ...There are now just three teams without a complete game this season - Kansas City, Colorado and the Chicago Cubs.

 
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Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

R. Martin
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Pittsburgh

E. Volquez
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 5
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregory Polanco, RF3200212 .281
Josh Harrison, LF5122001 .297
Andrew McCutchen, CF4222002 .318
Neil Walker, 2B4012110 .279
Russell Martin, C4132100 .282
Ike Davis, 1B3000004 .239
   a-Gaby Sanchez, PH-1B2000001 .238
Pedro Alvarez, 3B5120001 .241
Jordy Mercer, SS3100101 .251
Edinson Volquez, P1100101 .042
Totals34910862  
a-popped out for Davis in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (14, Lyons), Neil Walker (12, Miller), Pedro Alvarez (10, Miller)
HR - Russell Martin (5, Motte)
SF - Andrew McCutchen (3)
SH - Edinson Volquez 2 (6)
RBI - Josh Harrison 2 (27), Andrew McCutchen 2 (58), Neil Walker 2 (41), Russell Martin 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew McCutchen (17), Neil Walker 2 (14), Russell Martin (15)
SB - Andrew McCutchen 2 (15, 2nd base off Miller/Cruz)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Martin-Mercer, Martin-Mercer-Walker-Mercer-Davis, Martin-Mercer-Walker-Mercer-Davis-Mercer-Walker-G. Sanchez, Martin-Mercer-Walker-Mercer-Davis-Mercer-Walker-G. Sanchez-Mercer-Walker-G. Sanchez
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (W,8-6) 9611250 3.65
HBP - Wong (by Edinson Volquez)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 114-77
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 9-9
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 32
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 3B3011011 .286
   Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
Oscar Taveras, RF4000011 .203
Matt Holliday, LF3010001 .264
   Peter Bourjos, CF1010000 .222
Matt Adams, 1B3010001 .336
   a-Audry Perez, PH0000100 .000
Jhonny Peralta, SS3010102 .242
Jon Jay, CF-LF3000012 .285
Tony Cruz, C3000010 .241
Kolten Wong, 2B2110000 .244
Shelby Miller, P0000000 .167
   b-Mark Ellis, PH1000001 .190
   Tyler Lyons, P0000000 .000
   c-Daniel Descalso, PH-3B1000010 .184
Totals2716125  
a-walked for Adams in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Miller in the 5th
c-struck out for Lyons in the 8th
Batting
SF - Matt Carpenter (5)
SH - Shelby Miller (6)
RBI - Matt Carpenter (33)
SB - Kolten Wong (11, 2nd base off Volquez/Martin)
CS - Jhonny Peralta (2, 2nd base by Volquez/Martin)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Adams
E - Tyler Lyons (2, Throwing)
PB - Tony Cruz (4)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shelby Miller (L,7-8) 5544410 4.29
Tyler Lyons 3441210 5.79
Jason Motte 1111001 5.87
Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 92-52, Tyler Lyons 59-36, Jason Motte 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 3-11, Tyler Lyons 4-4
Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 24, Tyler Lyons 15, Jason Motte 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43974
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Marty Foster