Cervelli helps Pirates rally for 6-2 win over Cardinals

PITTSBURGH (AP) Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run of the season as part of a two-RBI effort in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

He hit just five homers in all of 2017.

It's been quite a strong start for the 32-year-old. Through the Pirates' first 27 games, he leads the team in RBIs with 20, is second in home runs and batting average (.307) and on-base percentage (.393).

Cervelli credits the hot start to finally being healthy after a year and a half of near-constant maladies. He had hamate bone surgery in 2016, an injury that takes a long time to fully heal. In 2017, he suffered multiple concussions, groin, foot, quadriceps and wrist injuries that all cost him playing time.

''I'm healthy, that's the most important thing,'' Cervelli said. ''I'm very blessed that now my body is responding well and I'm here playing hard every day.''

Cervelli started the Pirates scoring in the second inning with a solo home, then came through as part of a big effort against in the St. Louis bullpen.

St. Louis right-hander Jack Flaherty (0-1) started the sixth inning with back-to-back walks before being lifted for Dominic Leone. Josh Bell hit an RBI single and Cervelli's fly ball to center scored Starling Marte to give Pittsburgh its first lead of the game.

The Pirates added on against the Cardinals' bullpen in the seventh. Pinch-hitter David Freese had a sacrifice fly and Corey Dickerson singled in Sean Rodriguez.

Colin Moran scored on Jose Martinez's error on a Gregory Polanco grounder in the eighth.

It was the second consecutive night the Pirates waited out the St. Louis starter to pile on to the bullpen. They came back from a 5-0 defect to win 6-5 on Friday.

''I just liked our approach,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''We got some pitches to hit that we didn't hit. Flaherty was very quick. The fastball had some life to it. . It was tough to crack him early, but we just stayed steadfast with the approach.''

Flaherty was charged with three runs and four hits in five-plus innings. The rookie right-hander struck out two and walked four.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams (4-1) pitched six innings of two-run ball. Michael Feliz, George Kontos and Edgar Santana combined for three scoreless innings in relief.

TOUGH CALL

Cardinals reliever Mike Mayers was called for a quick pitch in strange circumstance in the sixth inning. Mayers had a 1-2 count on Moran and threw a 95-mph fastball that Moran hit into center field for what appeared to be a fly out.

But home plate umpire Gabe Morales called a quick pitch on Mayers, despite no one being on base. Mayers was charged with a ball and eventually walked Moran.

''It's a shame,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''The hitter was ready. I just don't think the umpire was ready. Quick pitched him. I don't think that's in the rulebook. The hitter's obviously ready or he's not going to put a 95 mph fastball in play. . I would imagine that they could call time and say no pitch, but he wanted to call quick pitch. Must've been practicing that at home.''

MAKING MOVES

Flaherty was re-called from Triple-A Memphis to start in place of injured right-hander Adam Wainwright (elbow inflammation), while OF Tyler O'Neill was optioned to the minors. O'Neill was 0 for 7 with three strikeouts since first being recalled on April 19.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (shoulder strain) will make his first rehab start with Class A Bradenton on Tuesday. He's expected to throw three innings. Musgrove has been on the disabled list since March 30. . 2B Josh Harrison (hand fracture) took infield practice with a modified glove. He's still expected to be about a month away from returning.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Luke Weaver (2-1, 4.85 ERA) will start the series finale Sunday. Weaver has given up 10 runs over his last two starts after allowing four total in his first three outings of the season.

Pirates: RHP Nick Kingham is expected to be recalled from the minors for his major league debut. Kingham was 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Indianapolis.

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  • W: T. Williams (4-1)L: J. Flaherty (0-1)
  • HR: PIT - F. Cervelli (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Pham CF40110002.353.461.529.9903.0
M. Carpenter 3B30000100.163.317.288.6041.0
J. Martinez 1B41100002.306.384.490.8743.0
M. Ozuna LF40110000.257.275.343.6182.0
Y. Molina C40000012.258.275.474.749-0.5
D. Fowler RF40000011.170.279.298.577-0.5
P. DeJong SS41200000.276.330.551.8813.0
K. Wong 2B20000111.182.295.258.5520.5
J. Flaherty P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Leone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10000011.267.353.567.920-0.5
L. Gregerson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Mayers P00000000.0001.000.0001.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Leone in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B21200100.246.279.323.6024.0
a- D. Freese PH00010000.243.341.459.8001.0
G. Kontos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Moroff PH10100000.250.294.313.6071.0
E. Santana P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Polanco RF30000113.207.327.467.7951.5
S. Marte CF51200005.290.372.458.8303.0
J. Bell 1B30110114.240.304.337.6412.5
C. Dickerson LF30110101.323.356.505.8623.0
F. Cervelli C31121003.307.393.573.9677.0
C. Moran 3B21000202.276.356.421.7773.0
J. Mercer SS41100002.244.299.349.6483.0
T. Williams P20000011.091.091.091.182-0.5
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- S. Rodriguez PH-2B11000101.171.292.390.6822.0
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Frazier in the 7th
  • b-singled for Kontos in the 8th
  • c-walked for Feliz in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Pham (6), J. Martinez (9)
  • SH - K. Wong, J. Flaherty
  • RBI - T. Pham (10), M. Ozuna (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (9)
  • HR - F. Cervelli (4)
  • SF - D. Freese, F. Cervelli (2)
  • RBI - D. Freese (7), J. Bell (16), C. Dickerson (15), F. Cervelli 2 (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (4), F. Cervelli (16)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Martinez (3), T. Pham (2)
  • PB - Y. Molina
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mercer
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (L, 0-1)5.04334213.601.500.0
D. Leone (BS, 2)1.01001003.861.291.0
L. Gregerson0.012210013.502.63-4.0
T. Lyons0.10000006.001.780.0
M. Mayers1.23101101.351.50-0.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (L, 0-1)5.0
D. Leone (BS, 2)1.0
L. Gregerson0.0
T. Lyons0.1
M. Mayers1.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 4-1)6.04222202.291.1321.0
M. Feliz (H, 5)1.01000104.091.272.5
G. Kontos (H, 4)1.00000003.461.233.0
E. Santana1.00000204.911.094.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 4-1)6.0
M. Feliz (H, 5)1.0
G. Kontos (H, 4)1.0
E. Santana1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Leone (2)
  • HBP - T. Lyons (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 82-48, D. Leone 12-7, L. Gregerson 6-2, T. Lyons 10-5, M. Mayers 41-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 5-5, D. Leone 2-1, M. Mayers 1-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 20, D. Leone 5, L. Gregerson 2, T. Lyons 2, M. Mayers 10
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 104-64, M. Feliz 17-11, G. Kontos 11-8, E. Santana 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-11, M. Feliz 2-0, G. Kontos 2-2, E. Santana 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24, M. Feliz 4, G. Kontos 4, E. Santana 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. Pham CF40110002.353.461.529.9903.0
M. Carpenter 3B30000100.163.317.288.6041.0
J. Martinez 1B41100002.306.384.490.8743.0
M. Ozuna LF40110000.257.275.343.6182.0
Y. Molina C40000012.258.275.474.749-0.5
D. Fowler RF40000011.170.279.298.577-0.5
P. DeJong SS41200000.276.330.551.8813.0
K. Wong 2B20000111.182.295.258.5520.5
J. Flaherty P10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Leone P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10000011.267.353.567.920-0.5
L. Gregerson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Mayers P00000000.0001.000.0001.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Leone in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B21200100.246.279.323.6024.0
a- D. Freese PH00010000.243.341.459.8001.0
G. Kontos P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Moroff PH10100000.250.294.313.6071.0
E. Santana P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Polanco RF30000113.207.327.467.7951.5
S. Marte CF51200005.290.372.458.8303.0
J. Bell 1B30110114.240.304.337.6412.5
C. Dickerson LF30110101.323.356.505.8623.0
F. Cervelli C31121003.307.393.573.9677.0
C. Moran 3B21000202.276.356.421.7773.0
J. Mercer SS41100002.244.299.349.6483.0
T. Williams P20000011.091.091.091.182-0.5
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- S. Rodriguez PH-2B11000101.171.292.390.6822.0
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  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Frazier in the 7th
  • b-singled for Kontos in the 8th
  • c-walked for Feliz in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Pham (6), J. Martinez (9)
  • SH - K. Wong, J. Flaherty
  • RBI - T. Pham (10), M. Ozuna (17)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Mercer (9)
  • HR - F. Cervelli (4)
  • SF - D. Freese, F. Cervelli (2)
  • RBI - D. Freese (7), J. Bell (16), C. Dickerson (15), F. Cervelli 2 (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Dickerson (4), F. Cervelli (16)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Martinez (3), T. Pham (2)
  • PB - Y. Molina
FIELDING
  • E - J. Mercer
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (L, 0-1)5.04334213.601.500.0
D. Leone (BS, 2)1.01001003.861.291.0
L. Gregerson0.012210013.502.63-4.0
T. Lyons0.10000006.001.780.0
M. Mayers1.23101101.351.50-0.5
Total8.0965731---
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (L, 0-1)5.0
D. Leone (BS, 2)1.0
L. Gregerson0.0
T. Lyons0.1
M. Mayers1.2
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Williams (W, 4-1)6.04222202.291.1321.0
M. Feliz (H, 5)1.01000104.091.272.5
G. Kontos (H, 4)1.00000003.461.233.0
E. Santana1.00000204.911.094.0
Total9.0522250---
PITCHERSIP
T. Williams (W, 4-1)6.0
M. Feliz (H, 5)1.0
G. Kontos (H, 4)1.0
E. Santana1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Leone (2)
  • HBP - T. Lyons (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 82-48, D. Leone 12-7, L. Gregerson 6-2, T. Lyons 10-5, M. Mayers 41-25
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 5-5, D. Leone 2-1, M. Mayers 1-4
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 20, D. Leone 5, L. Gregerson 2, T. Lyons 2, M. Mayers 10
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 104-64, M. Feliz 17-11, G. Kontos 11-8, E. Santana 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 5-11, M. Feliz 2-0, G. Kontos 2-2, E. Santana 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24, M. Feliz 4, G. Kontos 4, E. Santana 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Polanco safe at first on 1st baseman Martinez fielding error, Moran scored, Moroff to second26
  • 7TH INNING
    Dickerson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rodriguez scored, Polanco to third, Marte to second25
    Freese hit sacrifice fly to right, Mercer scored, Rodriguez to third24
  • 6TH INNING
    Cervelli hit sacrifice fly to center, Marte scored, Bell to third, Dickerson to second23
    Bell singled to right center, Frazier scored, Marte to third, Bell to second on center fielder Pham fielding error22
    Ozuna singled to left, Martinez scored21
  • 3RD INNING
    Pham doubled to deep right, DeJong scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Cervelli homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Edgar Santana pitching
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • George Kontos pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Carpenter lined out to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna safe at first on shortstop Mercer fielding error
    • Y. Molina: Molina grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Mayers Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Mercer flied out to deep center
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez fouled out to third
    • Max Moroff hit for George Kontos
    • M. Moroff: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Moroff singled to left, Moran to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco safe at first on 1st baseman Martinez fielding error, Moran scored, Moroff to second
    • S. Marte: Marte lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz relieved Trevor Williams
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, DeJong singled to left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong grounded out to third, DeJong to second
    • Greg Garcia hit for Dominic Leone
    • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Luke Gregerson pitching
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer doubled to deep left
    • Sean Rodriguez hit for Michael Feliz
    • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez walked
    • Tyler Lyons relieved Luke Gregerson
    • David Freese hit for Adam Frazier
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer to third, Rodriguez to second on passed ball, Freese hit sacrifice fly to right, Mercer scored, Rodriguez to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco hit by pitch
    • Mike Mayers relieved Tyler Lyons
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte reached on an infield single to pitcher, Polanco to second
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Bell struck out on foul tip
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Dickerson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rodriguez scored, Polanco to third, Marte to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cervelli flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep left
    • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez doubled to right
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna singled to left, Martinez scored
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Fowler popped out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • G. Polanco: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Polanco walked, Frazier to second
    • Dominic Leone relieved Jack Flaherty
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte reached on fielder's choice to third, Frazier to third, Polanco out at second
    • J. Bell: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Bell singled to right center, Frazier scored, Marte to third, Bell to second on center fielder Pham fielding error
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson intentionally walked
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Cervelli hit sacrifice fly to center, Marte scored, Bell to third, Dickerson to second
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moran grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeJong flied out to right
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • J. Flaherty: Strike swinging, Foul, Flaherty hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Wong to second
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cervelli grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mercer flied out to shallow left
    • T. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Williams flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ozuna flied out to deep center
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Molina popped out to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler flied out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Marte singled to shallow left
    • J. Bell: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bell grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Marte out at second
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong singled to left
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, DeJong to second
    • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham doubled to deep right, DeJong scored
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mercer lined out to left
    • T. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier singled to shallow center
    • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Polanco flied out to deep right
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ozuna lined out to second
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bell walked
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bell out at second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Cervelli homered to left
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Williams Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham lined out to left
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez lined out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier singled to right
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded into double play third to second to first, Frazier out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)