Cardinals rally in 9th, top White Sox 3-2 on Molina's single

ST. LOUIS (AP) It takes more than a sore wrist and back to stop Yadier Molina.

The Cardinals catcher said he hurt himself when he swung at Joakim Soria's changeup in the ninth inning.

After a short break to check out it out, Molina shrugged off the pain to drive in the game-winning run, lifting St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

''That was a tough pitch. It was a slow pitch,'' Molina said about his swing and miss. ''My hand, my wrist, my back, everything hurt. Then I was back to normal.

''I got a changeup. I was just trying to make contact and hit a line drive somewhere.''

Soria (0-1) said the delay after the first pitch to Molina didn't bother him.

''I executed my next pitch and it was a pitch I wanted, a changeup in and he hit a ball really well to the line,'' Soria said. ''In those types of situations I felt I made really good pitches and they were on it, so at some point you have to tip your cap to the other team.''

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny praised Molina.

''Yadi is just amazing,'' Matheny said. ''Put him in there in those big situations and he takes it to another level. I don't know how he does it.''

Matt Carpenter hit his 100th career home run and first since April 10 to start the ninth-inning rally.

''I was trying to get ahead in the count,'' Soria said. ''I was behind and I tried to make my pitches. I threw a changeup that stayed too long in the zone and he hit it out.''

Carpenter, who is hitting .170, said he hopes the homer can get him going.

''In the last three weeks, I feel like I've been putting it together,'' he said. ''I put together an ugly first month. For me, this is a good feeling to have a day like this but more importantly, for our team.''

St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.

With one out, Marcell Ozuna doubled off the right-field wall. Molina then smashed a single to left field to score Ozuna.

In the game, Molina tied Hall of Famer Johnny Bench at 1,742 games for 16th in career games caught.

''It's an honor to tie Johnny Bench,'' Molina said. ''It's a great honor. To get the win for the team, it's a special night for me.''

Bud Norris (1-0) picked up his first win of the season with a perfect ninth.

The White Sox wasted a good start by James Shields, who pitched six strong innings after giving up a leadoff home run.

Tommy Pham hit a 3-2 fastball off him for a 454-foot home run into the left-field seats. It was his first leadoff homer in his career and the second this season for St. Louis.

Shields retired the next 15 batters before giving up a single to Kolten Wong in the sixth. He allowed just two hits. Shields, who has not won since opening day, struck out four and did not walk a batter.

The White Sox scored twice in the fourth to take the lead. Trayce Thompson and Adam Engel drew one-out walks. After Shields struck out, Yoan Moncada doubled home both runners. His sinking fly ball got past Ozuna, who was trying for shoestring catch.

Michael Wacha pitched five innings in his second career appearance against the White Sox. He walked three and allowed hits.

The Cardinals ran themselves out of a scoring chance in the seventh.

Against reliever Bruce Rondon, St. Louis had a runner at third with one out. Ozuna hit a hard to grounder to Jose Abreu, who threw home to nail Carpenter trying to score.

ROSTER MOVE

The St. Louis sent right-hander reliever Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis and called up first baseman Luke Voit, a St. Louis native. The 27-year-old began this season on the disabled list with an oblique strain. He was batting .205 in 12 games at Memphis following his return. As a rookie in 2017, Voit batted .246 with four home runs and 18 RBIs. Mayers is 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA and one save in four relief appearances covering 6 2/3 innings this season.

MILESTONES

Tuesday's game was manager Mike Matheny's 1,000th with the Cardinals. He is just the fourth manager to pilot the club in 1,000 or more regular-season games. Matheny succeeded Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa as skipper in 2012. In his first four seasons, the Cardinals got into postseason play. St. Louis reached the World Series in 2013.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Danny Farquhar continues to show progress after his April 21 surgery for a brain aneurysm. He has taken a few short walks with his wife, Lexie. He is listed in neurologically stable condition ICU for next few weeks.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow inflammation) played catch before the game. ''If all goes well and he feels good, he is scheduled to throw a bullpen tomorrow,'' said John Mozeliak, the team president. ''We just have to be smart about this.''

UP NEXT

White Sox: Lucas Giolito (1-3, 7.71 ERA) will be making his first career appearance against St. Louis. He snapped a three-game losing streak in his last start against Kansas City.

Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.43 ERA) will be facing the White Sox for the first time. He has had consecutive no-decisions in his last two starts. The Cardinals have won each of his last five starts since opening day.

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  • W: B. Norris (1-0)L: J. Soria (0-1)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (3), T. Pham (4)
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  • b-grounded out for Jones in the 9th
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  • a-struck out for Gregerson in the 6th
  • b-walked for Leone in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Moncada (8)
  • RBI - Y. Moncada 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (5), M. Ozuna (4)
  • HR - T. Pham (4), M. Carpenter (3)
  • SH - K. Wong (2)
  • RBI - T. Pham (11), M. Carpenter (11), Y. Molina (17)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Thompson, A. Engel (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna
  • CS - K. Wong (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Shields6.02110415.351.4720.0
B. Rondon (H, 1)1.02000005.231.451.0
N. Jones (H, 2)1.00002001.501.251.0
J. Soria (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.13220114.351.45-9.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Shields6.0
B. Rondon (H, 1)1.0
N. Jones (H, 2)1.0
J. Soria (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha5.05223303.621.396.5
L. Gregerson1.00000207.711.504.0
J. Hicks1.00001001.171.372.0
D. Leone1.01000203.651.303.0
B. Norris (W, 1-0)1.00000001.880.9810.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha5.0
L. Gregerson1.0
J. Hicks1.0
D. Leone1.0
B. Norris (W, 1-0)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Rondon (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 93-60, B. Rondon 20-15, N. Jones 15-7, J. Soria 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 6-7, B. Rondon 1-2, N. Jones 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Shields 19, B. Rondon 5, N. Jones 4, J. Soria 4
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Wacha
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 96-54, L. Gregerson 12-7, J. Hicks 15-8, D. Leone 17-11, B. Norris 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 4-8, L. Gregerson 1-0, J. Hicks 1-2, B. Norris 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, L. Gregerson 3, J. Hicks 4, D. Leone 4, B. Norris 3
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M. Davidson 3B30100100.256.380.600.9802.0
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T. Thompson RF31000111.128.171.308.4783.5
A. Engel CF31100110.167.243.212.4554.5
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  • b-grounded out for Jones in the 9th
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M. Carpenter 3B41211020.170.312.330.6417.0
J. Martinez 1B40000011.294.371.471.841-0.5
M. Ozuna LF41100001.250.267.339.6075.0
Y. Molina C40210000.269.284.471.7563.0
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P. DeJong SS20000100.269.327.529.8561.0
K. Wong 2B20100000.203.309.290.5980.0
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  • a-struck out for Gregerson in the 6th
  • b-walked for Leone in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Moncada (8)
  • RBI - Y. Moncada 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - Y. Moncada 2 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (5), M. Ozuna (4)
  • HR - T. Pham (4), M. Carpenter (3)
  • SH - K. Wong (2)
  • RBI - T. Pham (11), M. Carpenter (11), Y. Molina (17)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Thompson, A. Engel (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna
  • CS - K. Wong (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Shields6.02110415.351.4720.0
B. Rondon (H, 1)1.02000005.231.451.0
N. Jones (H, 2)1.00002001.501.251.0
J. Soria (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.13220114.351.45-9.5
Total8.1733252---
PITCHERSIP
J. Shields6.0
B. Rondon (H, 1)1.0
N. Jones (H, 2)1.0
J. Soria (L, 0-1) (BS, 2)0.1
Total8.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Wacha5.05223303.621.396.5
L. Gregerson1.00000207.711.504.0
J. Hicks1.00001001.171.372.0
D. Leone1.01000203.651.303.0
B. Norris (W, 1-0)1.00000001.880.9810.0
Total9.0622470---
PITCHERSIP
M. Wacha5.0
L. Gregerson1.0
J. Hicks1.0
D. Leone1.0
B. Norris (W, 1-0)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - B. Rondon (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 93-60, B. Rondon 20-15, N. Jones 15-7, J. Soria 13-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 6-7, B. Rondon 1-2, N. Jones 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Shields 19, B. Rondon 5, N. Jones 4, J. Soria 4
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Wacha
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 96-54, L. Gregerson 12-7, J. Hicks 15-8, D. Leone 17-11, B. Norris 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 4-8, L. Gregerson 1-0, J. Hicks 1-2, B. Norris 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, L. Gregerson 3, J. Hicks 4, D. Leone 4, B. Norris 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Molina singled to deep left, Ozuna scored23
    Carpenter homered to center22
  • 4TH INNING
    Moncada doubled to left, Thompson and Engel scored21
  • 1ST INNING
    Pham homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • A. Engel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Engel grounded out to pitcher
    • Leury Garcia hit for Nate Jones
    • L. Garcia: Foul, Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada flied out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Joakim Soria pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter homered to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna doubled to deep right
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Molina singled to deep left, Ozuna scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Dominic Leone relieved Jordan Hicks
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davidson flied out to right
    • N. Delmonico: Delmonico singled to shallow left
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
    • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Thompson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Nate Jones relieved Bruce Rondon
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • K. Wong: Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, DeJong to second
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Dominic Leone
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gyorko walked
    • Harrison Bader ran for Jedd Gyorko
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded into double play third to first, DeJong out at third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • Daniel Palka hit for James Shields
    • D. Palka: Foul, Palka popped out to second
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moncada grounded out to third
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • J. Abreu: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Abreu lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bruce Rondon pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter doubled to right
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez lined out to center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Carpenter to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ozuna reached on fielder's choice to first, Carpenter out at home
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ozuna stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina reached on an infield single to second, Ozuna to third
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Fowler flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Luke Gregerson relieved Michael Wacha
    • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Ball, Thompson grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wong reached on an infield single to third
    • Greg Garcia hit for Luke Gregerson
    • G. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging, Wong caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pham lined out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu flied out to deep center
    • M. Davidson: Davidson flied out to center
    • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Delmonico grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to third
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler fouled out to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castillo lined out to left
    • T. Thompson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Thompson walked
    • A. Engel: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Engel walked, Thompson to second
    • J. Shields: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Shields struck out swinging, Thompson stole third
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Engel stole second, Foul, Moncada doubled to left, Thompson and Engel scored
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Anderson popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez lined out to first
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada grounded out to third
    • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu singled to shallow left
    • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Davidson singled to right, Abreu to second
    • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Delmonico flied out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wong flied out to left
    • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Wacha flied out to right
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Castillo lined out to third
    • T. Thompson: Ball, Thompson fouled out to first
    • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Engel singled to shallow left
    • J. Shields: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Shields struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Fowler grounded out to second
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Wacha Pitching:
    • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada singled to right
    • T. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Anderson lined out to third
    • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third, Moncada to second
    • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Moncada to third on wild pitch, Ball, Davidson walked
    • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Shields Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham homered to left
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ozuna popped out to third
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)