Cardinals sweep doubleheader from Blue Jays

ST. LOUIS (AP) It took a little while for the St. Louis Cardinals bats to get going during Thursday's day-night doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Once they did, they made a big difference.

After rallying late to win the first game, backed by Randal Grichuk's ninth-inning homer and Matt Carpenter's 11th inning grand slam, the Cardinals scored early and often in the nightcap to beat the Blue Jays 6-4 and sweep the doubleheader.

''Overall it's a good day,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''You walk out of here with two wins today. Having our back against the wall in the first one, that's impressive. I think it says a lot about these guys.''

The Cardinals, who got back to .500 at 11-11, recorded 14 runs and 25 hits in the two games. The injury-plagued Blue Jays, the only team in the majors yet to win a series or consecutive games, fell to 6-16.

''Today was a big day,'' said Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (2-3), who earned the win in the nightcap. ''We swept a doubleheader here at home. We wanted to play better ball at home this year. That's one thing we know we've got to do and we know we can do.''

The Cardinals, who got three hits apiece from Dexter Fowler, Greg Garcia and Matt Adams in the second game, scored three times in the first inning.

After Fowler and Garcia hit back-to-back singles, Carpenter plated a run with a groundout and Stephen Piscotty hit an RBI sacrifice fly. Grichuk followed with an infield single and scored on Matt Adams' opposite-field double into the left field corner.

Fowler added a solo home run, his third of the season, in the second inning. Adams had an RBI single in the third. Piscotty had an RBI fielder's choice in the fourth to make it 6-0.

Matt Bowman (1-0) won the opener and the Cardinals' bullpen, which included seven different pitchers, combined to allow just one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings over the two games.

Ryan Tepera (1-1) and Casey Lawrence (0-3) took the losses.

''It could have been a good day,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''Tough first ballgame, then we fell behind early. We made a run. Long, tough day getting swept.''

In the opener, the Cardinals scored four times off Toronto's bullpen in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to tie the score, capped by Randal Grichuk's homer off Roberto Osuna.

Yadier Molina led off with a double and Grichuk connected two outs later, giving Osuna his third blown save.

Mat Latos, making his second start of the season for Toronto, scattered three hits over six shutout innings, striking out four and walking four.

Carlos Martinez allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, with eight strikeouts and three walks.

Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the second, his third of the year.

''Over the last week and a half or so we've been playing some pretty good baseball,'' Garcia said. ''To come back in the fashion we did in that first game off a good closer and a good team over there that competed was big for us. Come out, get on those guys early and just kind of play well.''

IN THE CROWD

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, who had a goal and two assists in his team's 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues in the opener of their second-round playoff series Wednesday night, sat near the Blue Jays' dugout on his team's off day.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister on right index finger) is expected to throw a side session on Friday and could start Sunday against Tampa Bay. If Sanchez starts Sunday, RHP Marco Estrada will pitch Monday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-3, 3.10) will face the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Stroman is coming off a complete-game win over the Angels where he allowed two runs on seven hits.

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (2-1, 2.70) opens a three-game series against the visiting Reds. Lynn won his last two starts, against the Pirates and Brewers, allowing just one run on six hits over 13 innings.

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Blue JaysTOR6-15
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CardinalsSTL10-11
31110000X6120
  • W: A. Wainwright (2-3)L: C. Lawrence (0-3)S: T. Rosenthal (2)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (4), STL - D. Fowler (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF41110004.297.333.473.8063.0
C. Coghlan 3B31200000.208.310.250.5604.0
a- J. Bautista 3B10000011.163.299.225.524-0.5
E. Carrera RF40100014.298.322.404.7260.5
K. Morales 1B41131002.235.293.400.6938.0
J. Saltalamacchia C30000120.040.077.040.1170.0
S. Pearce LF40100010.163.212.163.3750.5
R. Goins SS40000022.250.308.417.724-1.0
D. Barney P31200000.308.341.333.6754.0
A. Loup 2B0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Smoak PH10000010.262.300.492.792-0.5
C. Lawrence P10000003.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Travis 2B20100000.129.187.186.3725.0
  • a-struck out for Coghlan in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Barnes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF42311101.224.295.388.68310.0
G. Garcia SS31300100.316.409.395.8047.0
M. Carpenter 1B30010204.238.375.397.7723.0
S. Piscotty RF31020106.215.342.354.6966.0
R. Grichuk LF41100105.250.305.447.7523.0
M. Adams 1B30320000.242.324.303.6277.0
a- J. Gyorko 3B10000013.308.390.596.986-0.5
K. Wong 2B40100002.250.348.450.7981.0
E. Fryer C40000003.211.286.316.6020.0
A. Wainwright P31100011.400.400.7001.1001.5
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH10000000.342.390.474.8640.0
K. Siegrist P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-struck out for Adams in the 6th
  • b-lined out for Cecil in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Coghlan, D. Barney
  • HR - K. Morales (4)
  • SH - C. Lawrence
  • RBI - K. Pillar (7), K. Morales 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 3 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Adams 2 (2)
  • HR - D. Fowler (3)
  • SF - S. Piscotty
  • SH - G. Garcia
  • RBI - D. Fowler (5), M. Carpenter (11), S. Piscotty 2 (11), M. Adams 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler (2), M. Adams (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Travis 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Garcia (2), S. Piscotty
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Barney, C. Coghlan
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Garcia, A. Wainwright, M. Adams
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Lawrence (L, 0-3)5.010663118.782.60-8.5
A. Loup2.00003101.351.503.5
D. Barnes1.02000000.002.001.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Lawrence (L, 0-3)5.0
A. Loup2.0
D. Barnes1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 2-3)6.19441416.121.5813.0
B. Cecil (H, 4)0.20000105.190.000.5
K. Siegrist (H, 2)1.00000107.560.003.5
T. Rosenthal (S, 2)1.00000202.840.0011.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 2-3)6.1
B. Cecil (H, 4)0.2
K. Siegrist (H, 2)1.0
T. Rosenthal (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Lawrence 95-58, A. Loup 36-18, D. Barnes 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Lawrence 7-6, A. Loup 2-3, D. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Lawrence 27, A. Loup 9, D. Barnes 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 105-73, B. Cecil 12-7, K. Siegrist 11-7, T. Rosenthal 13-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 9-5, T. Rosenthal 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 28, B. Cecil 2, K. Siegrist 3, T. Rosenthal 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Blue JaysTOR6-15
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CardinalsSTL10-11
31110000X6120
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF41110004.297.333.473.8063.0
C. Coghlan 3B31200000.208.310.250.5604.0
a- J. Bautista 3B10000011.163.299.225.524-0.5
E. Carrera RF40100014.298.322.404.7260.5
K. Morales 1B41131002.235.293.400.6938.0
J. Saltalamacchia C30000120.040.077.040.1170.0
S. Pearce LF40100010.163.212.163.3750.5
R. Goins SS40000022.250.308.417.724-1.0
D. Barney P31200000.308.341.333.6754.0
A. Loup 2B0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Smoak PH10000010.262.300.492.792-0.5
C. Lawrence P10000003.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Travis 2B20100000.129.187.186.3725.0
Total3449411816-----
  • a-struck out for Coghlan in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Barnes in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF42311101.224.295.388.68310.0
G. Garcia SS31300100.316.409.395.8047.0
M. Carpenter 1B30010204.238.375.397.7723.0
S. Piscotty RF31020106.215.342.354.6966.0
R. Grichuk LF41100105.250.305.447.7523.0
M. Adams 1B30320000.242.324.303.6277.0
a- J. Gyorko 3B10000013.308.390.596.986-0.5
K. Wong 2B40100002.250.348.450.7981.0
E. Fryer C40000003.211.286.316.6020.0
A. Wainwright P31100011.400.400.7001.1001.5
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Martinez PH10000000.342.390.474.8640.0
K. Siegrist P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Total33612616225-----
  • a-struck out for Adams in the 6th
  • b-lined out for Cecil in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Coghlan, D. Barney
  • HR - K. Morales (4)
  • SH - C. Lawrence
  • RBI - K. Pillar (7), K. Morales 3 (14)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 3 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Adams 2 (2)
  • HR - D. Fowler (3)
  • SF - S. Piscotty
  • SH - G. Garcia
  • RBI - D. Fowler (5), M. Carpenter (11), S. Piscotty 2 (11), M. Adams 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler (2), M. Adams (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - D. Travis 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - G. Garcia (2), S. Piscotty
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Barney, C. Coghlan
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Garcia, A. Wainwright, M. Adams
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Lawrence (L, 0-3)5.010663118.782.60-8.5
A. Loup2.00003101.351.503.5
D. Barnes1.02000000.002.001.0
Total8.01266621---
PITCHERSIP
C. Lawrence (L, 0-3)5.0
A. Loup2.0
D. Barnes1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Wainwright (W, 2-3)6.19441416.121.5813.0
B. Cecil (H, 4)0.20000105.190.000.5
K. Siegrist (H, 2)1.00000107.560.003.5
T. Rosenthal (S, 2)1.00000202.840.0011.0
Total9.0944181---
PITCHERSIP
A. Wainwright (W, 2-3)6.1
B. Cecil (H, 4)0.2
K. Siegrist (H, 2)1.0
T. Rosenthal (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Lawrence 95-58, A. Loup 36-18, D. Barnes 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Lawrence 7-6, A. Loup 2-3, D. Barnes 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Lawrence 27, A. Loup 9, D. Barnes 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Wainwright 105-73, B. Cecil 12-7, K. Siegrist 11-7, T. Rosenthal 13-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wainwright 9-5, T. Rosenthal 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Wainwright 28, B. Cecil 2, K. Siegrist 3, T. Rosenthal 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Morales homered to right, Pillar and Coghlan scored46
    Pillar reached on an infield single to shortstop, Barney scored16
  • 4TH INNING
    Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wainwright scored, Garcia to third, Carpenter out at second06
  • 3RD INNING
    Adams singled to left, Piscotty scored05
  • 2ND INNING
    Fowler homered to right center04
  • 1ST INNING
    Adams doubled to deep left, Grichuk scored03
    Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Garcia scored03
    Carpenter grounded out to second, Fowler scored, Garcia to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • T. Rosenthal Pitching:
    • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Travis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • K. Siegrist Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales fouled out to first
    • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Saltalamacchia struck out looking
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Barnes Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler singled to right
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Garcia singled to right, Fowler to third, Garcia to second
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to third, Fowler out at home, Garcia to third
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grichuk popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Travis singled to shallow left
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar lined out to left
    • C. Coghlan: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • E. Carrera: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Travis stole second, Ball, Ball, Travis stole third, Ball, Foul, Carrera popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Loup Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • E. Fryer: Fryer flied out to deep center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to first
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Loup Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • G. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Garcia hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Fowler to second
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to center, Fowler to third
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grichuk walked, Carpenter to second
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney doubled to left
    • C. Lawrence: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lawrence hit sacrifice bunt to first, Barney to third
    • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar reached on an infield single to shortstop, Barney scored
    • C. Coghlan: Foul, Foul, Foul, Coghlan doubled to shallow right, Pillar to third
    • E. Carrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
    • K. Morales: Foul, Morales homered to right, Pillar and Coghlan scored
    • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams doubled to left center
    • K. Wong: Foul, Wong flied out to shallow left
    • E. Fryer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fryer grounded out to second, Adams to third
    • A. Wainwright: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wainwright struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • J. Saltalamacchia: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Saltalamacchia grounded out to first
    • S. Pearce: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
    • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • A. Wainwright: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Wainwright singled to center
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler lined out to center
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Garcia singled to shallow center, Wainwright to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked, Wainwright to third, Garcia to second
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wainwright scored, Garcia to third, Carpenter out at second
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Coghlan flied out to left
    • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carrera singled to shallow left
    • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Carrera out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Piscotty stole second, Ball, Grichuk lined out to shortstop
    • M. Adams: Strike looking, Adams singled to left, Piscotty scored
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong singled to center, Adams to second
    • E. Fryer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fryer lined into double play third to second, Adams out at second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • J. Saltalamacchia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Saltalamacchia walked
    • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Pearce singled to center, Saltalamacchia to second
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
    • D. Barney: Ball, Foul, Ball, Barney singled to right, Saltalamacchia to third, Pearce to second
    • C. Lawrence: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lawrence reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Saltalamacchia out at home, Pearce to third, Barney to second
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pillar lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • E. Fryer: Strike looking, Fryer grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Wainwright: Wainwright grounded out to third
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler homered to right center
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia walked
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Carpenter lined out to first
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Wainwright Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar grounded out to third
    • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Coghlan singled to right
    • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Carrera grounded out to pitcher, Coghlan to second
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morales lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Lawrence Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler singled to shallow left
    • G. Garcia: Garcia singled to shallow right, Fowler to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter grounded out to second, Fowler scored, Garcia to second
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia stole third, Strike looking, Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Garcia scored
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Adams: Adams doubled to deep left, Grichuk scored
    • K. Wong: Foul, Wong grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)