Molina, Carpenter homer as Cardinals beat Pirates 4-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter is feeling better and it showed Saturday night.

Carpenter and Yadier Molina homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 to gain ground in the NL Central.

St. Louis pulled within three games of division-leading Chicago with its sixth victory in seven games.

''We're going through a special stretch right now,'' Carpenter said. ''It feels like a special year. It feels like a lot of previous years that we've had some really fun Septembers here and anytime you have a chance to play for something at this point in the season you've just got to be happy with that.''

Tyler Lyons (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Juan Nicasio got three outs for his second save since he was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Playing in just his second game after leaving Monday's 2-0 win at San Diego with right shoulder bursitis, Carpenter hit a tying solo drive in the seventh for his 19th homer.

''Definitely feels better,'' Carpenter said. ''It's just something that I don't think I'll completely be able to get past until this season's up and I get a chance to rest and rehab it. It doesn't matter how I felt, because we're going to find a way to do this.''

Paul DeJong hit a leadoff double in the eighth and advanced on a groundout before coming home on Randal Grichuk's bouncer to third, making it 4-3 St. Louis.

''It was contact play, it was down and luckily scooted away from him a couple feet and that gave me enough time to score,'' DeJong said. ''He did a good job of knocking me in.''

Chad Kuhl pitched six effective innings for Pittsburgh, which has dropped four in a row. Kuhl also helped himself with an RBI double in the second.

The Pirates grabbed a 3-2 lead on Adam Frazier's inside-the-park homer in the seventh . Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler got hurt crashing into the wall going after Frazier's drive, and the second baseman scored without a throw.

''Off the bat I thought it was either gone or caught,'' Frazier said. ''Fowler's a pretty good outfielder there. It just got over his glove I guess and I didn't see anybody around and him lying there so I took off.''

It was the first inside-the-park homer for the Pirates since Andrew McCutchen accomplished the feat on Sept. 10, 2014. It was the first in Busch Stadium since Edwin Encarnacion for the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 31, 2007.

Fowler departed with a left knee contusion and was replaced by Grichuk.

''Any time you see a teammate look like he seriously hurts himself you hate to see that,'' Carpenter said. ''It ended up being a big run, but you care more about your teammate than the run at the time. Thankfully we were able to come back and win the game.''

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Fowler will get an MRI on Sunday. X-rays came back negative.

''We'll know a little bit more tomorrow but so far everything we've seen looks pretty good,'' Matheny said.

St. Louis almost wasted a solid start for Carlos Martinez, who allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The All-Star right-hander struck out Kuhl looking in the sixth to reach 200 strikeouts in a season for the first time. His previous high was 184 in 2015.

The Cardinals trailed 2-0 before Molina connected for a two-run shot in the second. It was just the 97th home run given up by the Pirates starters, second-lowest in the majors.

Kuhl gave up just two hits, both to Molina, but walked five. Only one of the two runs he allowed was earned. George Kontos (0-6) took the loss.

TRAINING ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (left quadriceps irritation) threw and hit and is expected to start running on Monday.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow) began throwing from flat ground.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (11-12, 4.11 ERA) is two innings away from setting a career high for innings pitched in a season, which is 170 1/3 in 2012. He is 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA in two career starts against St. Louis.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (11-7, 4.21 ERA) has won his last two starts, going six innings and earning a quality start in each. He is 4-3 with a 4.39 ERA in 13 career games against Pittsburgh.

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PiratesPIT67-76
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CardinalsSTL74-68
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  • W: T. Lyons (4-0)L: G. Kontos (0-6)S: J. Nicasio (4)
  • HR: PIT - A. Frazier (5), STL - Y. Molina (16), M. Carpenter (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Marte LF40000022.253.317.344.6600.0
A. Frazier 2B51221012.283.354.399.7538.5
A. McCutchen CF30000112.273.363.467.8300.5
J. Bell 1B40000032.261.339.484.822-1.5
D. Freese 3B40000022.262.370.373.743-1.0
G. Polanco RF40300000.258.313.409.7224.0
C. Bostick PR0000-000.143.250.286.000-
G. Kontos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Diaz C40000013.244.285.333.618-0.5
J. Mercer SS21100101.254.328.404.7324.0
C. Kuhl P21110012.091.111.136.2473.5
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Rodriguez RF0000-000.175.304.340.000-
a- J. Jaso PH10000011.221.340.413.753-0.5
  • a-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B31111111.239.377.438.8166.5
T. Pham LF30000121.306.406.509.9150.0
P. DeJong SS41100002.284.319.533.8523.0
J. Martinez 1B30000103.309.374.548.9231.0
D. Fowler CF31000022.255.356.470.8260.0
R. Grichuk RF10010000.237.283.467.7491.0
Y. Molina C41221000.277.314.437.7518.0
K. Wong 2B10000212.299.386.436.8221.5
H. Bader CF30000002.300.333.520.8530.0
C. Martinez P20000011.185.214.241.455-0.5
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10000010.247.360.330.690-0.5
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
J. Nicasio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Brebbia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (18), G. Polanco (20), C. Kuhl (2)
  • HR - A. Frazier (5)
  • SH - C. Kuhl (3)
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (48), C. Kuhl (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier (25), C. Kuhl (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (21)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (19), Y. Molina (16)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (64), R. Grichuk (53), Y. Molina 2 (67)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter (21)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Freese, J. Bell
  • E - A. Frazier (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - K. Wong, J. Martinez, M. Carpenter
  • E - M. Carpenter (13)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl6.02215614.211.4316.0
D. Neverauskas (BS, 1)1.01110213.711.122.0
G. Kontos (L, 0-6)1.01110003.681.24-4.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl6.0
D. Neverauskas (BS, 1)1.0
G. Kontos (L, 0-6)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez6.04222803.331.1817.0
J. Brebbia1.01110212.510.842.0
T. Lyons (W, 4-0)1.01000002.471.069.0
J. Nicasio (S, 4)1.01000202.691.0710.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez6.0
J. Brebbia1.0
T. Lyons (W, 4-0)1.0
J. Nicasio (S, 4)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 91-56, D. Neverauskas 18-12, G. Kontos 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 5-7, G. Kontos 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 25, D. Neverauskas 4, G. Kontos 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Martinez (2)
  • HBP - C. Martinez 2 (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 103-68, J. Brebbia 16-11, T. Lyons 12-9, J. Nicasio 25-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 9-2, T. Lyons 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 27, J. Brebbia 4, T. Lyons 3, J. Nicasio 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PiratesPIT67-76
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CardinalsSTL74-68
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Marte LF40000022.253.317.344.6600.0
A. Frazier 2B51221012.283.354.399.7538.5
A. McCutchen CF30000112.273.363.467.8300.5
J. Bell 1B40000032.261.339.484.822-1.5
D. Freese 3B40000022.262.370.373.743-1.0
G. Polanco RF40300000.258.313.409.7224.0
C. Bostick PR0000-000.143.250.286.000-
G. Kontos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
E. Diaz C40000013.244.285.333.618-0.5
J. Mercer SS21100101.254.328.404.7324.0
C. Kuhl P21110012.091.111.136.2473.5
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Rodriguez RF0000-000.175.304.340.000-
a- J. Jaso PH10000011.221.340.413.753-0.5
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  • a-struck out for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B31111111.239.377.438.8166.5
T. Pham LF30000121.306.406.509.9150.0
P. DeJong SS41100002.284.319.533.8523.0
J. Martinez 1B30000103.309.374.548.9231.0
D. Fowler CF31000022.255.356.470.8260.0
R. Grichuk RF10010000.237.283.467.7491.0
Y. Molina C41221000.277.314.437.7518.0
K. Wong 2B10000212.299.386.436.8221.5
H. Bader CF30000002.300.333.520.8530.0
C. Martinez P20000011.185.214.241.455-0.5
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10000010.247.360.330.690-0.5
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
J. Nicasio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total2844425814-----
  • a-struck out for Brebbia in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (18), G. Polanco (20), C. Kuhl (2)
  • HR - A. Frazier (5)
  • SH - C. Kuhl (3)
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (48), C. Kuhl (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier (25), C. Kuhl (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (21)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (19), Y. Molina (16)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (64), R. Grichuk (53), Y. Molina 2 (67)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter (21)
FIELDING
  • DP - D. Freese, J. Bell
  • E - A. Frazier (9)
FIELDING
  • DP - K. Wong, J. Martinez, M. Carpenter
  • E - M. Carpenter (13)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kuhl6.02215614.211.4316.0
D. Neverauskas (BS, 1)1.01110213.711.122.0
G. Kontos (L, 0-6)1.01110003.681.24-4.0
Total8.0443582---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kuhl6.0
D. Neverauskas (BS, 1)1.0
G. Kontos (L, 0-6)1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez6.04222803.331.1817.0
J. Brebbia1.01110212.510.842.0
T. Lyons (W, 4-0)1.01000002.471.069.0
J. Nicasio (S, 4)1.01000202.691.0710.0
Total9.07332121---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez6.0
J. Brebbia1.0
T. Lyons (W, 4-0)1.0
J. Nicasio (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kuhl 91-56, D. Neverauskas 18-12, G. Kontos 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kuhl 5-7, G. Kontos 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kuhl 25, D. Neverauskas 4, G. Kontos 4
PITCHING
  • IBB - C. Martinez (2)
  • HBP - C. Martinez 2 (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 103-68, J. Brebbia 16-11, T. Lyons 12-9, J. Nicasio 25-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 9-2, T. Lyons 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 27, J. Brebbia 4, T. Lyons 3, J. Nicasio 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Grichuk grounded out to third, DeJong scored34
  • 7TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to right center33
    Frazier homered to center32
  • 2ND INNING
    Molina homered to left, Fowler scored22
    Frazier doubled to left, Kuhl scored, Marte to third20
    Kuhl doubled to deep left, Mercer scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Tyler Lyons
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Mercer singled to center
    • John Jaso hit for Sean Rodriguez
    • J. Jaso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jaso struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte flied out to deep right
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tyler Lyons pitching
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco singled to right
    • Christopher Bostick ran for Gregory Polanco
    • E. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Diaz grounded into double play third to second to first, Bostick out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • George Kontos pitching
    • Sean Rodriguez in right
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, DeJong doubled to deep left
    • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to second, DeJong to third
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk grounded out to third, DeJong scored
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • John Brebbia relieved Carlos Martinez
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier homered to center
    • Randal Grichuk in right
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen flied out to left
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dovydas Neverauskas relieved Chad Kuhl
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bader popped out to second
    • Greg Garcia hit for John Brebbia
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter homered to right center
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freese grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco doubled to left
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Mercer intentionally walked
    • C. Kuhl: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kuhl struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: DeJong flied out to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Molina singled to center, Martinez to third
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to first
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • C. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carpenter flied out to deep right
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz grounded out to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer hit by pitch
    • C. Kuhl: Strike looking, Foul, Kuhl hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Mercer to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina flied out to right
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • H. Bader: Bader lined into double play third to first, Wong out at first
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to second
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freese struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Polanco grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • P. DeJong: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, DeJong flied out to right
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to second, Pham out at second
    • D. Fowler: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco singled to center
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • J. Mercer: Mercer reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco out at second
    • C. Kuhl: Ball, Strike swinging, Kuhl doubled to deep left, Mercer scored
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte hit by pitch
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to left, Kuhl scored, Marte to third
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen popped out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler safe at first on left fielder Frazier fielding error
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina homered to left, Fowler scored
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bader flied out to center
    • C. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
    • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Marte safe at first on 1st baseman Carpenter fielding error
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to left
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Kuhl Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, DeJong reached on fielder's choice to third, Carpenter out at second
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)