Taillon helps Pirates to 4-3 win, slowing Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) A small bump in the road.

That's what St. Louis Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong says Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates was.

''At this point we're flushing this one,'' DeJong said. ''And getting ready for L.A.''

The Cardinals begin a key four-game series against the Dodgers on Thursday. St. Louis leads Los Angeles by two games for the second NL wild card. The Dodgers beat the Reds 8-1 on Wednesday.

The Cardinals are 34-19 under new manager Mike Shildt. They have the most wins in the NL after the All-Star break with 33.

Outfielder Harrison Bader is confident St. Louis can break its two-year postseason drought.

''The best time to play our best baseball is towards the end of the season,'' Bader said. ''And I think we're right there. Pitching, defense, offense, I couldn't be more excited for these last few games.''

Outfielder Tyler O'Neill agreed: ''We've been playing great in the late innings and had a lot of walk-offs this year. Unfortunately, we couldn't get it done tonight. But we'll be ready for what lies ahead.''

Jameson Taillon (13-9) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings Wednesday, leaving with a 4-1 lead after the first two Cardinals reached in the eighth. He has held opponents to three earned runs or less in his last 19 starts, the second- longest streak in the NL behind New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom with 26.

''His command and his control were at a premium,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''All of his pitches were in good sequence. It was all part of the package.''

Taillon has gone seven innings or more seven times this season and has limited opponents to two runs or fewer in all of those outings.

''Having a slider helps, it's something else I can throw,'' Taillon said.

Jose Martinez hit into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth inning against Felipe Vazquez, who allowed Patrick Wisdom's run-scoring single in the ninth. Vazquez rebounded to strike out DeJong and Matt Carpenter with two on to end the game for his 22nd consecutive save and 32nd in 36 chances this year.

''He went to next-level stuff,'' said Pittsburgh catcher Jacob Stallings, who drove in three runs. ''To get those two punch-outs against those quality hitters was pretty spectacular.''

Pittsburgh has won six of eight. The Pirates won 11 in a row from July 11-24.

Daniel Poncedeleon (0-2), making his fourth start for St. Louis, allowed two runs and five hits in five innings.

Marcell Ozuna had a run-scoring single in the first for the Cardinals, but Stallings hit a sacrifice fly in the second, Jordan Luplow had a go-ahead single in the third, and Stallings boosted the lead to 4-1 with a two-run single off Mike Mayers in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco underwent surgery to repair an acute dislocation of his left shoulder on Wednesday. He was injured on Friday in a 5-3 win over Miami and is likely out for the rest of the season.

Cardinals: INF Jedd Gyorko was activated from the 10-day DL. He had been bothered by a left groin strain. ... C Yadier Molina remains out with a sore hamstring.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.56) will face LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-11, 4.40) in the opener of a three-game series at Milwaukee on Friday. Archer is making his eighth start for the Pirates after he was acquired from Tampa Bay on July 31.

Cardinals LHP Austin Gomber (5-0, 2.93) is to take on LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 2.32) in the start of a four-game series against the visiting Dodgers on Thursday.

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    H. Bader CF30100100.270.341.423.7644.0
    C. Kelly C11000100.118.211.118.3282.0
    c- P. Wisdom PH10110000.212.333.485.8184.0
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    d- G. Garcia PH10000011.220.307.305.612-0.5
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    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Adams in the 8th
    • b-flied out for Wong in the 9th
    • c-singled for Kelly in the 9th
    • d-struck out for Poncedeleon in the 5th
    • e-singled for Cecil in the 8th
    BATTING
    • SF - J. Stallings
    • SH - J. Taillon (4)
    • RBI - J. Luplow (6), J. Stallings 3 (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), K. Kramer, P. Reyes 2 (2), J. Taillon 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 3B - D. Poncedeleon
    • SH - C. Kelly (3)
    • RBI - J. Martinez (80), M. Ozuna (80), P. Wisdom (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (30)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 3 (3), M. Adams, M. Ozuna 2 (2), Y. Munoz
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Carpenter (4), H. Bader (15), P. Wisdom (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Wong-Munoz-Adams)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Taillon (W, 13-9)7.04222403.371.2025.0
    F. Vazquez (S, 32)2.03111202.611.249.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Taillon (W, 13-9)7.0
    F. Vazquez (S, 32)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-2)5.05221702.811.165.5
    M. Mayers0.24220104.471.36-5.5
    T. Webb0.10000004.321.320.0
    D. Leone1.01000204.431.383.0
    B. Cecil1.00001006.371.992.0
    C. Shreve1.00000204.011.484.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-2)5.0
    M. Mayers0.2
    T. Webb0.1
    D. Leone1.0
    B. Cecil1.0
    C. Shreve1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 97-66, F. Vazquez 36-24
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-9, F. Vazquez 2-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 27, F. Vazquez 10
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Poncedeleon 86-58, M. Mayers 19-16, T. Webb 2-2, D. Leone 12-9, B. Cecil 12-5, C. Shreve 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Poncedeleon 3-5, M. Mayers 1-0, B. Cecil 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Poncedeleon 21, M. Mayers 6, T. Webb, D. Leone 4, B. Cecil 3, C. Shreve 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    S. Marte CF51100020.274.319.453.7721.0
    J. Bell 1B30100120.263.353.411.7651.0
    J. Luplow RF42310011.233.313.433.7475.5
    K. Kramer 3B40000045.231.286.231.516-2.0
    P. Reyes LF31200112.333.429.417.8453.5
    F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    K. Newman SS40200001.170.235.213.4482.0
    J. Stallings C30130001.217.240.217.4574.0
    J. Taillon P20000012.059.077.078.155-0.5
    C. Dickerson LF10000000.291.319.451.7700.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Carpenter 3B-1B41000116.269.386.554.9403.5
      T. O'Neill RF40100012.250.288.491.7790.5
      M. Adams 1B30000012.247.319.493.812-0.5
      a- J. Martinez PH10010002.304.363.454.8171.0
      J. Flaherty PR0000-000.150.190.150.000-
      C. Shreve P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      M. Ozuna LF40110012.279.321.433.7541.5
      Y. Munoz SS-3B41100001.281.347.434.7812.0
      K. Wong 2B30000000.244.325.381.7060.0
      b- J. Gyorko PH10000001.266.347.435.7820.0
      H. Bader CF30100100.270.341.423.7644.0
      C. Kelly C11000100.118.211.118.3282.0
      c- P. Wisdom PH10110000.212.333.485.8184.0
      D. Poncedeleon P10100000.111.111.333.4443.0
      d- G. Garcia PH10000011.220.307.305.612-0.5
      M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
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      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Adams in the 8th
      • b-flied out for Wong in the 9th
      • c-singled for Kelly in the 9th
      • d-struck out for Poncedeleon in the 5th
      • e-singled for Cecil in the 8th
      BATTING
      • SF - J. Stallings
      • SH - J. Taillon (4)
      • RBI - J. Luplow (6), J. Stallings 3 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), K. Kramer, P. Reyes 2 (2), J. Taillon 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - D. Poncedeleon
      • SH - C. Kelly (3)
      • RBI - J. Martinez (80), M. Ozuna (80), P. Wisdom (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 3 (3), M. Adams, M. Ozuna 2 (2), Y. Munoz
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Carpenter (4), H. Bader (15), P. Wisdom (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wong-Munoz-Adams)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Taillon (W, 13-9)7.04222403.371.2025.0
      F. Vazquez (S, 32)2.03111202.611.249.0
      Total9.0733360---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Taillon (W, 13-9)7.0
      F. Vazquez (S, 32)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-2)5.05221702.811.165.5
      M. Mayers0.24220104.471.36-5.5
      T. Webb0.10000004.321.320.0
      D. Leone1.01000204.431.383.0
      B. Cecil1.00001006.371.992.0
      C. Shreve1.00000204.011.484.0
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      PITCHERSIP
      D. Poncedeleon (L, 0-2)5.0
      M. Mayers0.2
      T. Webb0.1
      D. Leone1.0
      B. Cecil1.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 97-66, F. Vazquez 36-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 8-9, F. Vazquez 2-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 27, F. Vazquez 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Poncedeleon 86-58, M. Mayers 19-16, T. Webb 2-2, D. Leone 12-9, B. Cecil 12-5, C. Shreve 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Poncedeleon 3-5, M. Mayers 1-0, B. Cecil 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Poncedeleon 21, M. Mayers 6, T. Webb, D. Leone 4, B. Cecil 3, C. Shreve 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Wisdom singled to right, Munoz scored, Bader to third43
      • 8TH INNING
        Martinez reached on fielder's choice to third, Kelly scored, DeJong to third, O'Neill out at second42
      • 6TH INNING
        Stallings singled to center, Luplow and Reyes scored, Newman to second41
      • 3RD INNING
        Luplow singled to left, Marte scored, Bell to second21
      • 2ND INNING
        Stallings hit sacrifice fly to center, Luplow scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Ozuna singled to left, Carpenter scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chasen Shreve pitching
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to left
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Vazquez Pitching:
        • Y. Munoz: Munoz singled to center
        • Jedd Gyorko hit for Kolten Wong
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko flied out to deep right
        • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bader walked, Munoz to second
        • Patrick Wisdom hit for Carson Kelly
        • P. Wisdom: Wisdom singled to right, Munoz scored, Bader to third
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Wisdom stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brett Cecil relieved Dominic Leone
        • P. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reyes walked
        • K. Newman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Newman lined out to right
        • J. Stallings: Stallings grounded out to shortstop, Reyes out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • C. Kelly: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kelly walked
        • Paul DeJong hit for Brett Cecil
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong reached on an infield single to second, Kelly to second
        • Corey Dickerson in left field
        • Felipe Vazquez pitching
        • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Foul, Carpenter lined out to left
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), O'Neill singled to left, Kelly to third, DeJong to second
        • Jose Martinez hit for Matt Adams
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to third, Kelly scored, DeJong to third, O'Neill out at second
        • Jack Flaherty ran for Jose Martinez
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dominic Leone relieved Tyler Webb
        • S. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to second
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell singled to right
        • J. Luplow: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Luplow struck out swinging
        • K. Kramer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Munoz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Mike Mayers pitching
        • J. Luplow: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Luplow singled to right
        • K. Kramer: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
        • P. Reyes: Reyes singled to right, Luplow to second
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Foul, Newman reached on an infield single to pitcher, Luplow to third, Reyes to second
        • J. Stallings: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stallings singled to center, Luplow and Reyes scored, Newman to second
        • J. Taillon: Taillon hit sacrifice bunt to first, Newman to third, Stallings to second
        • Tyler Webb relieved Mike Mayers
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier popped out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 8 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, O'Neill flied out to center
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ozuna flied out to deep left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier flied out to deep right
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to first
        • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bader reached on an infield single to third
        • C. Kelly: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Kelly hit sacrifice bunt to third, Bader to second
        • Greg Garcia hit for Daniel Poncedeleon
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bader stole third, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carpenter lined out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman flied out to center
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Stallings lined out to second
        • J. Taillon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Taillon grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Ozuna struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Munoz grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier flied out to right
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte singled to left
        • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Marte to second
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Foul, Luplow singled to left, Marte scored, Bell to second
        • K. Kramer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
        • P. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • D. Poncedeleon: Strike looking, Ball, Poncedeleon tripled to deep left
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter lined out to first
        • T. O'Neill: O'Neill popped out to shortstop
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Adams flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • J. Luplow: Ball, Strike looking, Luplow singled to left
        • K. Kramer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kramer struck out swinging
        • P. Reyes: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reyes singled to left, Luplow to second
        • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Newman singled to right, Luplow to third, Reyes to second
        • J. Stallings: Ball, Strike looking, Stallings hit sacrifice fly to center, Luplow scored
        • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Taillon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Ball, Wong lined out to left
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Kelly: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kelly popped out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to third
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Taillon Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter stole second
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Adams grounded out to shortstop, Carpenter to third
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna singled to left, Carpenter scored
        • Y. Munoz: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Munoz grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)