Martinez, O'Neill HR, Shildt a winner as Cards beat Pirates

ST. LOUIS (AP) The month of August has been great for rookie pitcher Jack Flaherty and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Flaherty allowed just one run in seventh innings and Jose Martinez and Tyler O'Neill homered and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Tuesday night in Mike Shildt's first game since being promoted to full-time manager.

Flaherty (8-6) retired his first 12 batters and gave up one run and four hits with no walks. He is 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five August starts. Flaherty has allowed only 14 hits and three runs in 32 innings, walking nine and striking out 38 batters in those starts.

The recipe for his success is simple, Flaherty said.

''Get ahead and stay ahead. Try not to get into deep counts and try to stay from a 3-2 count,'' Flaherty said. ''Try to make things happen quick. Move the ball in and out. Trust in my stuff.''

A meeting two weeks ago with Cardinals legend Bob Gibson inspired Flaherty.

''I got the chance to talk to him,'' Flaherty said. ''I asked him what his mentality was every time he went out. I haven't talked to him since then but it's more on me to reach out to him and than the other way around.''

Flaherty improved to 3-1 against the Pirates.

''He's gotten better the more we've faced him I think as this season has shown,'' Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said. ''His stuff has gotten better, the consistency of it, the execution of pitches.''

The Cardinals have won six of seven and are 20-5 in August. Earlier in the day, St. Louis took off the interim tag on Shildt, who was put in charge after Mike Matheny was fired last month a day before the All-Star break.

St. Louis is 27-12 under Shildt. He was rewarded with a contract through 2020 after guiding the Cards back into playoff contention.

''He's been doing his thing and he hasn't tried to do too much,'' Flaherty said about Shildt. ''He hasn't tried to change anything. It's just been him. I think the biggest thing is for everybody to be themselves and he's done the same thing. I'm just happy for him.''

The Pirates have lost eight of 10.

Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32 opportunities.

Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first off Ivan Nova (7-9). Martinez connected for his 16th homer after Matt Carpenter reached base on an infield single.

''I was trying to drive a ball middle in and he threw it there and I hit it out,'' Martinez said.

O'Neill hit a 436-foot homer into the left field bleachers in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. Martinez singled ahead of O'Neil's drive.

''The command, it was not as sharp as it was last time,'' Nova said. ''I gave up two two-run homers. The first home run, I thought that was a really good pitch that the guy just jumped on. The other one was down the middle of the plate. It's frustrating.''

Josh Bell scored both runs for the Pirates. He doubled in the fifth and Colin Moran hit an RBI single.

Bell drew a leadoff walk from reliever Jordan Hicks in the eighth, took third on a bloop single by Moran and scored on a double play.

Paul DeJong was hit by a pitch to start the St. Louis eighth and an apparent two-run homer by Jedd Gyorko was overturned in a crew chief review. Gyorko was given a double and he was pulled because of discomfort in his left groin. Greg Garcia's single made it 5-2.

Gyorko said he hurt himself leaving the batter's box. He said it's ''tightness'' and he will be looked at Wednesday.

''I thought it was a home run,'' Gyorko said about his hit. ''I ran around the bases. I haven't looked at it yet.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Josh Harrison didn't start for the second consecutive game after tweaking his left hamstring Saturday running from first to third. He walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game at second base.

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong was put on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, retroactive to Aug. 26. Wong, who injured his hamstring while running out a ground ball in Saturday's game in Colorado, was batting .244 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 110 games.

WACHA START

Starter Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) left in the third inning with a trainer at Double-A Springfield after allowing five earned runs on six hits in 2 1-3 innings Tuesday against Arkansas. He threw 52 pitches and exited because of fatigue, the Cardinals said. Wacha, who will be evaluated Wednesday, went on the disabled list June 21 and has missed 60 games.

ROSTER MOVE

With Wong going on the disabled list, the Cardinals recalled INF Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Memphis. Wisdom, 27, is batting .288 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI in 107 games for Memphis. Wisdom was purchased from Memphis on Aug. 11 and played in nine games for the Cardinals, batting .333 (4 for 12) with a home run and three RBIs. He had played in 747 career minor league game before his major league debut.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (10-9, 3.44) has allowed just four runs in his last seven starts covering 42 innings. He is 2-4 with a 6.93 ERA in 10 career appearances, including seven starts against St. Louis. He is 1-2 in four starts this year.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (13-9, 2.94) allowed a season-high 12 hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings in last Friday's start at Colorado. He lost to the Pirates on June 1 at Busch Stadium.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (8-6)L: I. Nova (7-9)S: B. Norris (28)
  • HR: STL - J. Martinez (16), T. O'Neill (7)
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J. Bell 1B22100100.262.348.401.7495.0
C. Moran 3B30210010.278.338.394.7322.5
A. Hechavarria SS30000011.254.287.342.630-0.5
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S. Brault P10000000.158.200.211.4110.0
a- J. Harrison PH-2B00000100.257.301.365.6661.0
  • a-walked for Brault in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B51200016.274.385.577.9612.5
Y. Molina C40100013.273.321.446.7681.5
J. Martinez RF42221012.309.366.476.8428.5
Y. Munoz RF00000000.274.339.411.7500.0
T. O'Neill LF41121022.281.313.551.8636.0
P. DeJong SS31000021.231.311.422.7331.0
J. Gyorko 3B30100100.267.348.436.7843.0
J. Gant PR0000-000.042.042.167.000-
P. Wisdom 3B00000000.333.429.5831.0120.0
H. Bader CF30100012.280.351.443.7951.5
G. Garcia 2B40110003.229.313.325.6382.0
J. Flaherty P20100111.158.200.158.3581.5
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B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Hudson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (25)
  • RBI - C. Moran (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), C. Dickerson
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (18), J. Gyorko (17)
  • HR - J. Martinez (16), T. O'Neill (7)
  • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (75), T. O'Neill 2 (17), G. Garcia (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 5 (5), T. O'Neill, P. DeJong, J. Flaherty
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hechavarria-Frazier-Bell)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Bader (7)
  • DP - 3 (Garcia-DeJong-Carpenter; Gyorko-Garcia-Carpenter; Carpenter-DeJong)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 7-9)3.26442124.351.29-7.5
S. Brault3.12000604.351.5010.0
K. Crick1.02110202.491.241.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 7-9)3.2
S. Brault3.1
K. Crick1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)7.04110502.871.0228.5
J. Hicks (H, 20)0.22112003.141.27-5.0
D. Hudson (H, 7)0.10000003.071.160.0
B. Norris (S, 28)1.00000002.851.0410.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)7.0
J. Hicks (H, 20)0.2
D. Hudson (H, 7)0.1
B. Norris (S, 28)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (8)
  • HBP - S. Brault (8), K. Crick (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 70-40, S. Brault 56-35, K. Crick 26-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-4, S. Brault 2-2, K. Crick 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 18, S. Brault 13, K. Crick 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - B. Norris (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 88-64, J. Hicks 15-6, D. Hudson 4-3, B. Norris 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 6-8, J. Hicks 1-0, D. Hudson 1-0, B. Norris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, J. Hicks 5, D. Hudson, B. Norris 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Frazier 2B40000002.277.345.451.7960.0
K. Crick P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Polanco RF40000010.246.337.492.828-0.5
F. Cervelli C30200000.266.393.454.8473.0
C. Dickerson LF40000003.295.325.461.7870.0
J. Bell 1B22100100.262.348.401.7495.0
C. Moran 3B30210010.278.338.394.7322.5
A. Hechavarria SS30000011.254.287.342.630-0.5
I. Nova P10000010.021.021.021.043-0.5
S. Brault P10000000.158.200.211.4110.0
a- J. Harrison PH-2B00000100.257.301.365.6661.0
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  • a-walked for Brault in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B51200016.274.385.577.9612.5
Y. Molina C40100013.273.321.446.7681.5
J. Martinez RF42221012.309.366.476.8428.5
Y. Munoz RF00000000.274.339.411.7500.0
T. O'Neill LF41121022.281.313.551.8636.0
P. DeJong SS31000021.231.311.422.7331.0
J. Gyorko 3B30100100.267.348.436.7843.0
J. Gant PR0000-000.042.042.167.000-
P. Wisdom 3B00000000.333.429.5831.0120.0
H. Bader CF30100012.280.351.443.7951.5
G. Garcia 2B40110003.229.313.325.6382.0
J. Flaherty P20100111.158.200.158.3581.5
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Adams PH10000002.251.327.498.8260.0
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Hudson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bell (25)
  • RBI - C. Moran (48)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier 2 (2), C. Dickerson
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (18), J. Gyorko (17)
  • HR - J. Martinez (16), T. O'Neill (7)
  • RBI - J. Martinez 2 (75), T. O'Neill 2 (17), G. Garcia (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter 5 (5), T. O'Neill, P. DeJong, J. Flaherty
FIELDING
  • DP - (Hechavarria-Frazier-Bell)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Bader (7)
  • DP - 3 (Garcia-DeJong-Carpenter; Gyorko-Garcia-Carpenter; Carpenter-DeJong)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova (L, 7-9)3.26442124.351.29-7.5
S. Brault3.12000604.351.5010.0
K. Crick1.02110202.491.241.0
Total8.01055292---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova (L, 7-9)3.2
S. Brault3.1
K. Crick1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)7.04110502.871.0228.5
J. Hicks (H, 20)0.22112003.141.27-5.0
D. Hudson (H, 7)0.10000003.071.160.0
B. Norris (S, 28)1.00000002.851.0410.0
Total9.0622250---
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)7.0
J. Hicks (H, 20)0.2
D. Hudson (H, 7)0.1
B. Norris (S, 28)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - I. Nova (8)
  • HBP - S. Brault (8), K. Crick (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 70-40, S. Brault 56-35, K. Crick 26-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-4, S. Brault 2-2, K. Crick 1-0
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 18, S. Brault 13, K. Crick 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - B. Norris (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 88-64, J. Hicks 15-6, D. Hudson 4-3, B. Norris 9-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 6-8, J. Hicks 1-0, D. Hudson 1-0, B. Norris 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, J. Hicks 5, D. Hudson, B. Norris 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Garcia singled to center, DeJong scored, Gant to third25
    Hechavarria grounded into double play third to second to first, Bell scored, Moran out at second24
  • 5TH INNING
    Moran singled to center, Bell scored, Moran out at second14
  • 4TH INNING
    O'Neill homered to left, Martinez scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Martinez homered to left, Carpenter scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • Patrick Wisdom at third base
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to third
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli hit by pitch
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson grounded into double play first to shortstop, Cervelli out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks relieved Jack Flaherty
    • Yairo Munoz in right field
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran singled to right, Bell to third
    • A. Hechavarria: Hechavarria grounded into double play third to second to first, Bell scored, Moran out at second
    • Josh Harrison hit for Steven Brault
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marte reached on an infield single to shortstop, Harrison to second
    • Dakota Hudson relieved Jordan Hicks
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Frazier grounded into fielder's choice to second, Marte out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko doubled to deep left, DeJong to third
    • John Gant ran for Jedd Gyorko
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia singled to center, DeJong scored, Gant to third
    • Matt Adams hit for Dakota Hudson
    • M. Adams: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adams reached on fielder's choice to second, Gant out at home, Garcia to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco flied out to right
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli singled to center
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter singled to center
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Hechavarria struck out on foul tip
    • S. Brault: Strike looking, Brault grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bader hit by pitch
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia lined out to left
    • J. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cervelli singled to left
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Cervelli out at second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Bell doubled to deep right
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran singled to center, Bell scored, Moran out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike looking, Molina doubled to deep left
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Martinez lined out to center
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Marte flied out to deep center
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to first
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to center
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, O'Neill homered to left, Martinez scored
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader reached on an infield single to pitcher, Gyorko to second
    • G. Garcia: Garcia reached on fielder's choice to second, Gyorko to third, Bader out at second
    • J. Flaherty: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flaherty walked, Garcia to second
    • Steven Brault relieved Ivan Nova
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Hechavarria flied out to left
    • I. Nova: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Nova struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty singled to center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Carpenter lined out to center
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Flaherty out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli popped out to second
    • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson popped out to third
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bell popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko lined out to center
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bader grounded out to third
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Garcia lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Frazier grounded out to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Polanco lined out to third
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Carpenter reached on an infield single to second
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Carpenter to second on wild pitch, Molina grounded out to second, Carpenter to third
    • J. Martinez: Martinez homered to left, Carpenter scored
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Ball, O'Neill grounded out to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, DeJong flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)