Grichuk homers in return, helps Cardinals top Pirates 8-4

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals welcomed back Randal Grichuk and Yadier Molina, and the duo made a big difference in their return.

Grichuk homered in his first game since being promoted from the minors, Molina had three hits and the Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4 on Sunday night.

Grichuk, who was sent to the minors on May 29 after struggling with consistency, had two hits - including his solo homer in the sixth inning - and scored twice.

''It's nice to have him back,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Grichuk.

Molina, who had missed the previous two games after being hit by a foul tip on the knee, had three hits, scored three runs and drove in a run.

''He was swinging the bat great today, that's for sure,'' Matheny said of Molina.

The Cardinals, who had lost three straight, scored four runs in the seventh to break open a tie game. Molina's RBI single off Juan Nicasio (1-4) made it 5-4 and rookie Paul DeJong's two-run single gave St. Louis an 8-4 lead.

''We weren't able to make pitches,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We weren't able to execute the fastball for the most part or the slider. Just too many pitches when you get up to 30 pitches and the two walks painted him in a bad corner.''

Trevor Rosenthal (2-3) struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh to earn the win in relief for the Cardinals. Starter Mike Leake went six innings and allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits.

St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the second on Greg Garcia's two-run single, but the Pirates went up 3-2 on the third on Adam Frazier's two-run triple and Josh Harrison's sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh added another run in the fourth on Elias Diaz's sacrifice fly that scored Andrew McCutchen.

The Cardinals tied the game in the sixth on Grichuk's homer off Pirates starter Chad Kuhl and Jedd Gyorko's pinch-hit ground-rule RBI double.

Grichuk's 478-foot homer was the longest by a Cardinals player in the new Busch Stadium and the second-longest in stadium history. Milwaukee's Keon Broxton crushed a 489-foot shot on June 15.

''That was a bomb,'' Matheny said. ''He smoked that ball.''

Kuhl gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

The Cardinals placed OF Dexter Fowler (right heel spur) and LHP Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine sprain) on the disabled list and optioned OF Chad Huffman to Triple-A Memphis. St. Louis recalled Grichuk and RHP Mike Mayers and purchased the contract of 1B Luke Voit from Triple-A.

MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT

Luke Voit, who grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood, Missouri, pinch hit for the Cardinals in the seventh inning for his first major league plate appearance. He was hit in the back by a 96 mph fastball from Jhan Marinez.

''I didn't even feel it, honestly,'' Voit said. ''I had so much adrenaline running through me. That's why I was smiling my whole way to first base.''

Voit is from the same high school - Lafayette - as former National League MVP Ryan Howard and former World Series MVP David Freese. Freese, who was playing third base for the Pirates on Sunday night, sent Voit a congratulatory note before the game.

The crowd of 43,719 gave Voit a standing ovation before his at-bat and chanted ''LUUUUKE'' while he was at the plate.

''I don't think I've ever seen an initial ovation for a first at-bat like that,'' Matheny said. ''That was impressive. I asked him if he left 10,000 tickets tonight.''

UP NEXT

Pirates: After an off day on Monday, RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 5.09) will make his 10th start of the season on Tuesday night against visiting Tampa Bay.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (3-3, 4.76) will face the visiting Reds in a makeup game on Monday afternoon. He is 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA in 13 career starts (15 appearances) against Cincinnati.

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  • W: T. Rosenthal (2-3)L: J. Nicasio (1-4)
  • HR: STL - R. Grichuk (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Harrison 2B30010011.291.369.458.8280.5
J. Jaso RF40200000.242.323.430.7533.0
D. Freese 3B40000002.253.365.376.7410.0
J. Bell 1B30000100.233.316.462.7781.0
A. McCutchen CF41100011.268.350.482.8311.5
J. Mercer SS31100100.275.351.422.7733.0
E. Diaz C31210000.286.333.413.7465.0
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B40100106.236.372.467.8392.0
T. Pham CF41000123.274.359.484.8431.0
S. Piscotty RF41000122.249.358.407.7651.0
R. Grichuk LF52211022.227.280.395.6757.0
Y. Molina C43310010.268.300.426.7267.5
A. Diaz SS31110011.257.290.394.6842.5
P. DeJong 2B40120014.263.272.500.7722.5
G. Garcia 3B20120000.204.328.272.6003.0
a- J. Gyorko PH-3B20110001.293.352.504.8563.0
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  • a-doubled for G. Garcia in the 6th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Leake in the 6th
  • c-hit by pitch for Rosenthal in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Jaso (13), E. Diaz (5)
  • 3B - A. Frazier (2)
  • SF - J. Harrison (3), E. Diaz
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (28), J. Harrison (27), E. Diaz (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (10), J. Gyorko (12)
  • HR - R. Grichuk (5)
  • SH - A. Diaz
  • RBI - R. Grichuk (20), Y. Molina (29), A. Diaz (20), P. DeJong 2 (13), G. Garcia 2 (5), J. Gyorko (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko (13)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mercer (4)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Diaz (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl5.08441615.581.575.0
T. Watson (BS, 5)1.01001104.461.541.5
J. Nicasio (L, 1-4)0.11432103.161.31-10.5
J. Marinez0.21000003.621.55-1.0
E. Santana1.00000203.181.764.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl5.0
T. Watson (BS, 5)1.0
J. Nicasio (L, 1-4)0.1
J. Marinez0.2
E. Santana1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake6.06432203.121.0911.0
M. Bowman0.21000004.091.09-1.0
T. Rosenthal (W, 2-3)0.10000103.581.167.5
B. Cecil1.00000004.081.363.0
S. Oh1.00000003.601.343.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake6.0
M. Bowman0.2
T. Rosenthal (W, 2-3)0.1
B. Cecil1.0
S. Oh1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Marinez (5)
  • IBB - T. Watson (3)
  • HBP - J. Marinez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 99-65, T. Watson 19-11, J. Nicasio 29-17, J. Marinez 19-10, E. Santana 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 5-3, T. Watson 1-1, J. Nicasio 1-0, J. Marinez 1-1, E. Santana 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 23, T. Watson 5, J. Nicasio 5, J. Marinez 4, E. Santana 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 95-65, M. Bowman 14-8, T. Rosenthal 3-3, B. Cecil 16-9, S. Oh 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 8-7, M. Bowman 2-0, B. Cecil 2-1, S. Oh 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, M. Bowman 3, T. Rosenthal, B. Cecil 3, S. Oh 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jaso RF40200000.242.323.430.7533.0
D. Freese 3B40000002.253.365.376.7410.0
J. Bell 1B30000100.233.316.462.7781.0
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J. Mercer SS31100100.275.351.422.7733.0
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  • a-grounded out for Watson in the 7th
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M. Carpenter 1B40100106.236.372.467.8392.0
T. Pham CF41000123.274.359.484.8431.0
S. Piscotty RF41000122.249.358.407.7651.0
R. Grichuk LF52211022.227.280.395.6757.0
Y. Molina C43310010.268.300.426.7267.5
A. Diaz SS31110011.257.290.394.6842.5
P. DeJong 2B40120014.263.272.500.7722.5
G. Garcia 3B20120000.204.328.272.6003.0
a- J. Gyorko PH-3B20110001.293.352.504.8563.0
M. Leake P20100012.156.206.188.3930.5
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  • a-doubled for G. Garcia in the 6th
  • b-was walked intentionally for Leake in the 6th
  • c-hit by pitch for Rosenthal in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Jaso (13), E. Diaz (5)
  • 3B - A. Frazier (2)
  • SF - J. Harrison (3), E. Diaz
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (28), J. Harrison (27), E. Diaz (11)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Molina (10), J. Gyorko (12)
  • HR - R. Grichuk (5)
  • SH - A. Diaz
  • RBI - R. Grichuk (20), Y. Molina (29), A. Diaz (20), P. DeJong 2 (13), G. Garcia 2 (5), J. Gyorko (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko (13)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mercer (4)
FIELDING
  • E - A. Diaz (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl5.08441615.581.575.0
T. Watson (BS, 5)1.01001104.461.541.5
J. Nicasio (L, 1-4)0.11432103.161.31-10.5
J. Marinez0.21000003.621.55-1.0
E. Santana1.00000203.181.764.0
Total8.011874101---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl5.0
T. Watson (BS, 5)1.0
J. Nicasio (L, 1-4)0.1
J. Marinez0.2
E. Santana1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake6.06432203.121.0911.0
M. Bowman0.21000004.091.09-1.0
T. Rosenthal (W, 2-3)0.10000103.581.167.5
B. Cecil1.00000004.081.363.0
S. Oh1.00000003.601.343.0
Total9.0743230---
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake6.0
M. Bowman0.2
T. Rosenthal (W, 2-3)0.1
B. Cecil1.0
S. Oh1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Marinez (5)
  • IBB - T. Watson (3)
  • HBP - J. Marinez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 99-65, T. Watson 19-11, J. Nicasio 29-17, J. Marinez 19-10, E. Santana 11-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 5-3, T. Watson 1-1, J. Nicasio 1-0, J. Marinez 1-1, E. Santana 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 23, T. Watson 5, J. Nicasio 5, J. Marinez 4, E. Santana 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 95-65, M. Bowman 14-8, T. Rosenthal 3-3, B. Cecil 16-9, S. Oh 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 8-7, M. Bowman 2-0, B. Cecil 2-1, S. Oh 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, M. Bowman 3, T. Rosenthal, B. Cecil 3, S. Oh 3
  • 7TH INNING
    DeJong singled to left, Molina and Diaz scored48
    Diaz safe at first on shortstop Mercer fielding error, Piscotty scored, Molina to second46
    Molina singled to right, Pham scored, Piscotty to third45
  • 6TH INNING
    Gyorko doubled to deep right center, Molina scored44
    Grichuk homered to left43
  • 4TH INNING
    Diaz hit sacrifice fly to center, McCutchen scored42
  • 3RD INNING
    Harrison hit sacrifice fly to center, Frazier scored32
    Frazier tripled to deep right center, Mercer and Diaz scored22
  • 2ND INNING
    Garcia singled to center, Grichuk and Molina scored, Diaz to third02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Brett Cecil
    • A. McCutchen: Strike swinging, Foul, McCutchen lined out to center
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Foul, Mercer grounded out to third
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brett Cecil pitching
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jaso grounded out to first
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Freese grounded out to second
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jhan Marinez
    • T. Pham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham grounded out to third
    • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Bowman pitching
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Diaz singled to shallow left
    • Gregory Polanco hit for Tony Watson
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco grounded out to second, Diaz to second
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first, Diaz to third
    • Trevor Rosenthal relieved Matt Bowman
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Nicasio pitching
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham walked
    • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked, Pham to second
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina singled to right, Pham scored, Piscotty to third
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz safe at first on shortstop Mercer fielding error, Piscotty scored, Molina to second
    • Jhan Marinez relieved Juan Nicasio
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Molina to third, Diaz to second on wild pitch, DeJong singled to left, Molina and Diaz scored
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gyorko lined out to left
    • Luke Voit hit for Trevor Rosenthal
    • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Voit hit by pitch, DeJong to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bell grounded out to second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mercer grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Grichuk homered to left
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Molina doubled to center
    • Tony Watson relieved Chad Kuhl
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Diaz hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Molina to third
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Greg Garcia
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Gyorko doubled to deep right center, Molina scored
    • Jose Martinez hit for Mike Leake
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez intentionally walked
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to deep left
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier flied out to left
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Harrison grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Jaso: Foul, Jaso singled to center
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freese lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
    • M. Leake: Foul, Leake singled to left
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked, Leake to second
    • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded out to second
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen singled to center
    • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer reached on an infield single to shortstop, McCutchen to third, Mercer to second on shortstop Diaz fielding error
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz hit sacrifice fly to center, McCutchen scored
    • C. Kuhl: Strike looking, Kuhl lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeJong lined out to pitcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz doubled to deep right, Mercer to third
    • C. Kuhl: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kuhl struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike swinging, Foul, Frazier tripled to deep right center, Mercer and Diaz scored
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Harrison hit sacrifice fly to center, Frazier scored
    • J. Jaso: Foul, Jaso doubled to deep center
    • D. Freese: Freese grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to second
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Freese flied out to deep center
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bell out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Y. Molina: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Molina singled to center, Grichuk to second
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Strike swinging, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Grichuk to third, Molina to second
    • P. DeJong: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeJong fouled out to catcher
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia singled to center, Grichuk and Molina scored, Diaz to third
    • M. Leake: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Leake struck out bunting foul
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to first
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Harrison flied out to left
    • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jaso grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter singled to center
    • T. Pham: Pham grounded into double play third to second to first, Carpenter out at second
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Piscotty struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)