Piscotty's HR lifts Cardinals past Padres 3-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) After a shaky major league debut, Jack Flaherty found his footing for St. Louis.

Stephen Piscotty made sure it counted in the Cardinals' quest for an NL wild card.

Flaherty threw five innings of one-run ball, Piscotty hit a two-run homer and the streaking Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Wednesday night.

St. Louis has won four straight and six of seven. Piscotty hit his ninth homer in the seventh - only the Cardinals' third hit to that point - and St. Louis tacked on an unearned run in the eighth on Harrison Bader's sacrifice fly.

Flaherty, the Cardinals' top draft pick in 2014, was making his second start in the majors. This one went smoother after the 21-year-old worked four innings in his debut against the Giants, tagged for five runs and eight hits on Friday.

''I felt more comfortable out there today,'' Flaherty said. ''I was able to use my pitches and get ahead of them. I felt like I executed better.''

The right-hander pitched five innings and scattered three hits and four walks against the Padres. He struck out four with his 86 pitches. Among his few mistakes was an 87 mph changeup that Yangervis Solarte hit for a homer.

''I thought he just had better rhythm,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''The fastball was well-located, but the slider was really good. He's got good stuff and it's going to be fun to watch him continue.''

Three Cardinals relievers blanked the Padres over four innings, with Tyler Lyons pitching a wobbly ninth for his second save. The Padres had the tying runs aboard with no outs before Lyons retired three straight. Ryan Sherriff (1-1) got the win.

Dinelson Lamet (7-7), who lost a pitching duel to the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw in his previous outing, stymied the Cardinals through six innings, giving up just one hit. Then Jose Martinez led off the seventh with a sharp single, and Piscotty followed with his two-run blast. When Lamet then walked Greg Garcia, his night was done and he was charged with two runs and four walks. He struck out eight.

''He was really good,'' Green said. ''If we were to win that game we'd need more offense, but Lamet's doing his job.''

For Lamet, who made his debut in May, it was still another positive step as he establishes himself as a foundational piece for the rotation. It marked the ninth straight outing in which he's allowed three runs or fewer.

''That was some of the best stuff we had seen all year,'' Matheny said.

Solarte made Flaherty pay for his miscue in the fourth inning. He poked his career-high 16th home run to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. It was Solarte's third career homer against the Cardinals and the first since his walk-off shot against the Dodgers on Saturday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong (sore back) sat out, but he could return Friday. ... OF Tommy Pham (right shoulder strain) could be back by the weekend, although it's like he's available as a pinch-hitter. ... INF Matt Carpenter (right shoulder strain) is still out. ... INF Jedd Gyorko (hamstring strain) has yet to resume running.

Padres: LHP Robbie Erlin (left elbow surgery) has advanced to throwing to live hitters. He won't return this season, although he could pitch this winter.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (10-6, 2.99) was sensational his last time out despite not getting a decision when throwing eight scoreless innings and allowing a hit to the Dodgers. Lynn leads the majors with 21 starts in which he's allowed two earned runs or fewer.

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (6-13, 4.94) has made 13 career appearances against the Cardinals, with six starts. In those starts, he's 3-0 with a 3.53 ERA and 24 strikeouts.

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CardinalsSTL72-67
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PadresSD62-78
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  • W: R. Sherriff (1-1)L: D. Lamet (7-7)S: T. Lyons (2)
  • HR: STL - S. Piscotty (9), SD - Y. Solarte (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF30000111.260.360.479.8390.5
H. Bader LF30110011.310.348.571.9191.5
P. DeJong SS40000012.282.317.531.849-0.5
J. Martinez 1B31100112.311.377.563.9402.5
S. Piscotty RF41221011.244.353.394.7477.5
G. Garcia 2B30100111.245.362.327.6890.5
C. Kelly C30000113.162.244.216.4600.5
A. Mejia 3B40000024.154.185.269.454-1.0
J. Flaherty P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Sherriff P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Valera PH00000100.000.200.000.2001.0
T. Pham PR01000000.311.408.517.9253.0
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
  • a-walked for Sherriff in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Asuaje 2B30100101.275.344.381.7252.0
W. Myers 1B30000111.239.324.444.7680.5
J. Pirela LF30000114.292.353.498.8510.5
Y. Solarte 3B31111111.255.325.417.7436.5
H. Sanchez C40100001.233.262.467.7291.0
J. Blash RF30100110.215.347.372.7191.5
E. Aybar SS40000023.227.293.353.646-1.0
M. Szczur CF30000113.227.350.360.7100.5
D. Lamet P20100010.097.097.097.1940.5
C. Stammen P0000-000.500.625.667.000-
a- M. Margot PH10000011.263.310.417.727-0.5
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Spangenberg PH10000002.271.324.420.7440.0
  • a-struck out for Stammen in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Maton in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Piscotty (9)
  • SF - H. Bader
  • RBI - H. Bader (8), S. Piscotty 2 (37)
BATTING
  • HR - Y. Solarte (16)
  • RBI - Y. Solarte (56)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (19)
  • CS - G. Garcia
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Garcia, J. Martinez, A. Mejia, P. DeJong
FIELDING
  • DP - W. Myers, C. Asuaje, H. Sanchez, Y. Solarte, E. Aybar
  • E - W. Myers (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty5.03114416.001.789.0
R. Sherriff (W, 1-1)2.00002201.291.0012.0
J. Brebbia (H, 4)1.00000102.200.803.5
T. Lyons (S, 2)1.02000202.531.069.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty5.0
R. Sherriff (W, 1-1)2.0
J. Brebbia (H, 4)1.0
T. Lyons (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Lamet (L, 7-7)6.03224814.321.2011.0
C. Stammen1.00000203.211.144.0
K. Yates1.00101004.171.152.0
P. Maton1.02000004.081.251.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Lamet (L, 7-7)6.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates1.0
P. Maton1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 86-52, R. Sherriff 27-16, J. Brebbia 11-7, T. Lyons 16-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 7-3, R. Sherriff 2-1, J. Brebbia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 21, R. Sherriff 7, J. Brebbia 3, T. Lyons 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 101-59, C. Stammen 10-7, K. Yates 17-8, P. Maton 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 3-6, K. Yates 1-3, P. Maton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 24, C. Stammen 2, K. Yates 5, P. Maton 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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CardinalsSTL72-67
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PadresSD62-78
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF30000111.260.360.479.8390.5
H. Bader LF30110011.310.348.571.9191.5
P. DeJong SS40000012.282.317.531.849-0.5
J. Martinez 1B31100112.311.377.563.9402.5
S. Piscotty RF41221011.244.353.394.7477.5
G. Garcia 2B30100111.245.362.327.6890.5
C. Kelly C30000113.162.244.216.4600.5
A. Mejia 3B40000024.154.185.269.454-1.0
J. Flaherty P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Sherriff P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- B. Valera PH00000100.000.200.000.2001.0
T. Pham PR01000000.311.408.517.9253.0
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
Total29353151015-----
  • a-walked for Sherriff in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Asuaje 2B30100101.275.344.381.7252.0
W. Myers 1B30000111.239.324.444.7680.5
J. Pirela LF30000114.292.353.498.8510.5
Y. Solarte 3B31111111.255.325.417.7436.5
H. Sanchez C40100001.233.262.467.7291.0
J. Blash RF30100110.215.347.372.7191.5
E. Aybar SS40000023.227.293.353.646-1.0
M. Szczur CF30000113.227.350.360.7100.5
D. Lamet P20100010.097.097.097.1940.5
C. Stammen P0000-000.500.625.667.000-
a- M. Margot PH10000011.263.310.417.727-0.5
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Maton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Spangenberg PH10000002.271.324.420.7440.0
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  • a-struck out for Stammen in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Maton in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - S. Piscotty (9)
  • SF - H. Bader
  • RBI - H. Bader (8), S. Piscotty 2 (37)
BATTING
  • HR - Y. Solarte (16)
  • RBI - Y. Solarte (56)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (19)
  • CS - G. Garcia
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Garcia, J. Martinez, A. Mejia, P. DeJong
FIELDING
  • DP - W. Myers, C. Asuaje, H. Sanchez, Y. Solarte, E. Aybar
  • E - W. Myers (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty5.03114416.001.789.0
R. Sherriff (W, 1-1)2.00002201.291.0012.0
J. Brebbia (H, 4)1.00000102.200.803.5
T. Lyons (S, 2)1.02000202.531.069.0
Total9.0511691---
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty5.0
R. Sherriff (W, 1-1)2.0
J. Brebbia (H, 4)1.0
T. Lyons (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Lamet (L, 7-7)6.03224814.321.2011.0
C. Stammen1.00000203.211.144.0
K. Yates1.00101004.171.152.0
P. Maton1.02000004.081.251.0
Total9.05325101---
PITCHERSIP
D. Lamet (L, 7-7)6.0
C. Stammen1.0
K. Yates1.0
P. Maton1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 86-52, R. Sherriff 27-16, J. Brebbia 11-7, T. Lyons 16-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 7-3, R. Sherriff 2-1, J. Brebbia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 21, R. Sherriff 7, J. Brebbia 3, T. Lyons 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 101-59, C. Stammen 10-7, K. Yates 17-8, P. Maton 19-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 3-6, K. Yates 1-3, P. Maton 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 24, C. Stammen 2, K. Yates 5, P. Maton 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Bader hit sacrifice fly to right, Pham scored, Fowler to second31
  • 7TH INNING
    Piscotty homered to left, Martinez scored21
  • 4TH INNING
    Solarte homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Phil Maton relieved Kirby Yates
    • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Piscotty singled to center
    • G. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to left, Piscotty to second
    • C. Kelly: Kelly fouled out to catcher
    • A. Mejia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mejia grounded into double play third to second to first, Garcia out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Lyons relieved John Brebbia
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez singled to right center
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Blash singled to center, Sanchez to second
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Aybar struck out swinging
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Szczur struck out swinging
    • Cory Spangenberg hit for Phil Maton
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • Breyvic Valera hit for Ryan Sherriff
    • B. Valera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Valera walked
    • Tommy Pham ran for Breyvic Valera
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pham stole second, Fowler safe at first on 1st baseman Myers fielding error, Pham to third
    • H. Bader: Bader hit sacrifice fly to right, Pham scored, Fowler to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Ball, DeJong lined out to center, Fowler to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • W. Myers: Ball, Myers lined out to left
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pirela grounded out to third
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez singled to center
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty homered to left, Martinez scored
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
    • Craig Stammen relieved Dinelson Lamet
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • A. Mejia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Sherriff Pitching:
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Aybar flied out to right
    • M. Szczur: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Szczur walked
    • Manuel Margot hit for Craig Stammen
    • M. Margot: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Asuaje grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, DeJong lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Sherriff relieved Jack Flaherty
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte walked
    • H. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Solarte out at second
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kelly walked
    • A. Mejia: Mejia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kelly out at second
    • J. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • D. Lamet: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lamet struck out swinging
    • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Asuaje walked
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pirela struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty flied out to deep right
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte homered to right
    • H. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to center
    • J. Blash: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Blash walked
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Aybar struck out looking
    • M. Szczur: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Szczur lined out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • A. Mejia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mejia struck out on foul tip
    • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Foul, Flaherty grounded out to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Bader reached on fielder's choice to third, Fowler out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Szczur grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Lamet: Lamet singled to right
    • C. Asuaje: Asuaje singled to left center, Lamet to second
    • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Myers walked, Lamet to third, Asuaje to second
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Pirela grounded into double play third to first, Asuaje out at third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • G. Garcia: Garcia lined out to second
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kelly flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Blash: Strike swinging, Blash grounded out to third
    • E. Aybar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Aybar grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Fowler flied out to right
    • H. Bader: Bader singled to right
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, DeJong lined out to left
    • J. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • C. Asuaje: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Asuaje flied out to left
    • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Ball, Myers grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pirela walked
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte reached on fielder's choice to second, Pirela out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)