Bell's 3-run HR in 9th gives Pirates 5-2 win over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH (AP) With the winning run on second base as he stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the ninth, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell could feel his heart racing.

The rookie tried to get his breathing under control but couldn't. Adrenaline won out. The Pirates, too.

Bell sent a 1-2 pitch from St. Louis Cardinals closer Seung Hwan into the seats in left field to give Pittsburgh a dramatic 5-2 victory Friday night. Bell's 17th home run of the season was also his first walk-off hit in the majors, a show of power that gave the Pirates their sixth win in seven games as they try to climb into the thick of the underwhelming race in the NL Central.

''It was cool,'' Bell said. ''The lights go off and come back on, you're rounding third and you see all your teammates at home. I haven't had that feeling since Double-A, and the stadium here is a little louder than that.''

Adam Frazier led off the inning with a double and Oh intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen with one out. Bell missed badly at the first offering from Oh (1-5) and then took a ball and a called strike before putting the ball into the seats over the outstretched arm of Cardinals left fielder Tommy Pham.

''It was too high. It was a missed pitch,'' Oh said.

Bell finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs. Frazier added three hits for Pittsburgh, and Gregory Polanco had two hits and an RBI.

Felipe Rivero (4-2) retired the Cardinals on seven pitches in the top of the ninth.

''That game was a bit of a roller coaster,'' Bell said. ''Setting the standard the first game of this series and the first game of this homestand was big.''

Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Cardinals, but St. Louis was limited to just four hits the rest of the way against Gerrit Cole and three relievers.

''I thought we did a good job of staying in the ballgame, playing tough and Josh coming up big after putting Andrew on,'' Cole said.

Both teams sent their de facto aces out to start the second half of the season in search of some early traction as they try to chase down first-place Milwaukee the wide-open NL Central.

Cole put together a wildly inconsistent first half that mirrored the fortunes of his scuffling team. He came in allowing one run three times in his last seven starts, the same number of times he's allowed seven runs over the same span.

It looked as though it could be another bumpy outing in the first when Gyorko sent a 3-2 slider into the seats in right-center field to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. Cole settled down immediately, allowing just two more baserunners over six innings of work, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Mike Leake wasn't quite as crisp. He retired the Pirates in order just once in five innings, allowing an RBI single to Bell in the fourth and another to Polanco in the fifth that tied the game, capping a two-out rally created by a rare bout of wildness from Leake, who walked the bases full. He struck out Francisco Cervelli to keep the game even.

Leake left after five, giving up two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and five walks, his highest total since May 22, 2015, while pitching for Cincinnati. Leake hinted plate umpire Jerry Layne's strike zone was part of the problem.

''It wasn't consistent,'' Leake said. ''If you have a consistent zone, it's all right.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Placed OF Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled OF Jose Martinez from Triple-A Memphis. Martinez hit .280 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 50 games with St. Louis this season. ... St. Louis also activated reliever Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine sprain) off the disabled list. ... RF Stephen Piscotty left in the bottom of the ninth after straining his right groin while making a throw from the outfield. He was replaced by Martinez.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (7-6, 3.61 ERA) is coming off seven shutout innings in a victory over the New York Mets last weekend. Lynn is 6-6 with a 4.76 ERA against the Pirates.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (5-2, 2.73) will make his third career start against the Cardinals on Saturday. Taillon is 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA since returning from treatment for testicular cancer. He was scratched from his scheduled start last Sunday against the Cubs after getting food poisoning.

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  • W: F. Rivero (4-2)L: S. Oh (1-5)
  • HR: STL - J. Gyorko (14), PIT - J. Bell (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 1B40100020.237.376.447.8230.0
T. Pham LF41200002.303.388.510.8975.0
D. Fowler CF40000014.244.331.480.811-0.5
J. Gyorko 3B41121001.299.362.526.8887.0
Y. Molina C40100000.269.302.409.7111.0
S. Piscotty RF40000021.236.348.371.719-1.0
J. Martinez RF00000000.280.321.464.7850.0
K. Wong 2B30000000.295.387.436.8230.0
P. DeJong SS30100000.313.331.595.9261.0
M. Leake P20000000.162.225.189.4140.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Voit PH10000001.308.357.6671.0240.0
T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-lined out for Cecil in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF51300003.263.338.363.7015.0
J. Harrison 2B50000015.276.356.429.785-0.5
A. McCutchen CF32100211.295.383.527.9104.5
J. Bell 1B31241200.243.328.484.81212.0
D. Freese 3B30100104.245.376.366.7423.0
G. Polanco RF40210011.261.319.409.7293.5
F. Cervelli C40000024.245.347.378.725-1.0
J. Mercer SS30100100.268.348.421.7702.0
G. Cole P21100001.156.182.156.3382.0
a- J. Osuna PH10100000.250.291.471.7621.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Jaso PH10000010.238.319.436.755-0.5
F. Rivero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Cole in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Nicasio in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Gyorko (14)
  • RBI - J. Gyorko 2 (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko 2 (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (11), D. Freese (8), G. Polanco (15)
  • HR - J. Bell (17)
  • RBI - J. Bell 4 (48), G. Polanco (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell (15), G. Polanco (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (12)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - G. Polanco (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake5.07225303.141.202.5
M. Bowman1.02000003.761.101.0
B. Cecil1.01000103.221.212.5
T. Rosenthal1.00000203.931.224.0
S. Oh (L, 1-5)0.12331014.171.44-11.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake5.0
M. Bowman1.0
B. Cecil1.0
T. Rosenthal1.0
S. Oh (L, 1-5)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole6.04220414.351.2717.0
T. Watson1.00000003.761.503.0
J. Nicasio1.02000002.431.131.0
F. Rivero (W, 4-2)1.00000100.740.7010.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole6.0
T. Watson1.0
J. Nicasio1.0
F. Rivero (W, 4-2)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Oh (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 85-49, M. Bowman 17-14, B. Cecil 13-8, T. Rosenthal 11-9, S. Oh 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 6-4, M. Bowman 1-1, B. Cecil 1-1, T. Rosenthal 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, M. Bowman 4, B. Cecil 4, T. Rosenthal 3, S. Oh 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 102-65, T. Watson 9-8, J. Nicasio 17-10, F. Rivero 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 7-7, T. Watson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, T. Watson 3, J. Nicasio 5, F. Rivero 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 1B40100020.237.376.447.8230.0
T. Pham LF41200002.303.388.510.8975.0
D. Fowler CF40000014.244.331.480.811-0.5
J. Gyorko 3B41121001.299.362.526.8887.0
Y. Molina C40100000.269.302.409.7111.0
S. Piscotty RF40000021.236.348.371.719-1.0
J. Martinez RF00000000.280.321.464.7850.0
K. Wong 2B30000000.295.387.436.8230.0
P. DeJong SS30100000.313.331.595.9261.0
M. Leake P20000000.162.225.189.4140.0
M. Bowman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- L. Voit PH10000001.308.357.6671.0240.0
T. Rosenthal P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-lined out for Cecil in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF51300003.263.338.363.7015.0
J. Harrison 2B50000015.276.356.429.785-0.5
A. McCutchen CF32100211.295.383.527.9104.5
J. Bell 1B31241200.243.328.484.81212.0
D. Freese 3B30100104.245.376.366.7423.0
G. Polanco RF40210011.261.319.409.7293.5
F. Cervelli C40000024.245.347.378.725-1.0
J. Mercer SS30100100.268.348.421.7702.0
G. Cole P21100001.156.182.156.3382.0
a- J. Osuna PH10100000.250.291.471.7621.0
T. Watson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Nicasio P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- J. Jaso PH10000010.238.319.436.755-0.5
F. Rivero P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Cole in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Nicasio in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Gyorko (14)
  • RBI - J. Gyorko 2 (47)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko 2 (17)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (11), D. Freese (8), G. Polanco (15)
  • HR - J. Bell (17)
  • RBI - J. Bell 4 (48), G. Polanco (25)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bell (15), G. Polanco (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (12)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - G. Polanco (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Leake5.07225303.141.202.5
M. Bowman1.02000003.761.101.0
B. Cecil1.01000103.221.212.5
T. Rosenthal1.00000203.931.224.0
S. Oh (L, 1-5)0.12331014.171.44-11.0
Total8.11255661---
PITCHERSIP
M. Leake5.0
M. Bowman1.0
B. Cecil1.0
T. Rosenthal1.0
S. Oh (L, 1-5)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole6.04220414.351.2717.0
T. Watson1.00000003.761.503.0
J. Nicasio1.02000002.431.131.0
F. Rivero (W, 4-2)1.00000100.740.7010.5
Total9.0622051---
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole6.0
T. Watson1.0
J. Nicasio1.0
F. Rivero (W, 4-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Oh (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 85-49, M. Bowman 17-14, B. Cecil 13-8, T. Rosenthal 11-9, S. Oh 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 6-4, M. Bowman 1-1, B. Cecil 1-1, T. Rosenthal 1-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, M. Bowman 4, B. Cecil 4, T. Rosenthal 3, S. Oh 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 102-65, T. Watson 9-8, J. Nicasio 17-10, F. Rivero 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 7-7, T. Watson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, T. Watson 3, J. Nicasio 5, F. Rivero 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Bell homered to left, Frazier and McCutchen scored25
  • 5TH INNING
    Polanco singled to right, McCutchen scored, Bell to third, Freese to second22
  • 3RD INNING
    Bell singled to right, Cole scored, McCutchen to third21
  • 1ST INNING
    Gyorko homered to center, Pham scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Rivero pitching
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Gyorko flied out to left
    • Y. Molina: Molina lined out to right
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Trevor Rosenthal
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Frazier doubled to shallow left
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harrison flied out to right
    • Jose Martinez in right
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen intentionally walked
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bell homered to left, Frazier and McCutchen scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Tony Watson
    • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to shallow left
    • Luke Voit hit for Brett Cecil
    • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Voit lined out to center
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter singled to center, DeJong to second
    • T. Pham: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pham lined out to right
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler lined out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Trevor Rosenthal pitching
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
    • John Jaso hit for Juan Nicasio
    • J. Jaso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jaso struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tony Watson pitching
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina lined out to right
    • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Wong grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Cecil relieved Matt Bowman
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Bell flied out to deep left
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Freese doubled to deep right center
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Pham singled to right center
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pham stole second
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Bowman relieved Mike Leake
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mercer singled to shallow right center
    • Jose Osuna hit for Gerrit Cole
    • J. Osuna: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Osuna singled to shallow left, Mercer to second
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Frazier reached on a double play third to second, Mercer out at third, Osuna out at second
    • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to catcher
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong flied out to deep right
    • M. Leake: Foul, Ball, Leake flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier singled to shallow right
    • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Frazier out at second
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, McCutchen to second
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Freese walked, McCutchen to third, Bell to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to right, McCutchen scored, Bell to third, Freese to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fowler flied out to shallow center
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko grounded out to first
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina singled to shallow left center
    • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Polanco doubled to deep center
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop, Polanco to third
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco picked off at third, catcher to third
    • G. Cole: Polanco picked off at third, catcher to third, Pickoff attempt to third, Leake grounded out to third, Mercer to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • M. Leake: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leake grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • G. Cole: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cole reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to second, Cole to second
    • J. Harrison: Harrison lined out to center
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen singled to shallow left, Cole to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Bell singled to right, Cole scored, McCutchen to third
    • D. Freese: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freese lined out to right
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty flied out to deep center
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong popped out to third
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cervelli lined out to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Mercer grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • T. Pham: Pham singled to right
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fowler flied out to deep right
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball (pitchout), Foul, Foul, Ball, Gyorko homered to center, Pham scored
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Molina grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Leake Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to center
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bell walked, Frazier to second
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Freese popped out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)