Rookie Flaherty shines again, Cardinals topple Pirates 4-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Jack Flaherty's first win in the big leagues sent a message that the St. Louis Cardinals rookie wants to be a part of his team's recalibrated rotation. His second victory was just as impressive for an entirely different reason.

The swing-and-miss stuff that overwhelmed Philadelphia last weekend gone, the 22-year-old instead worked six efficient innings to lift the Cardinals by the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Saturday.

Flaherty (2-1) fanned just four batters but didn't allow a runner past second base after giving up a home run to Starling Marte in the bottom of the first, a stark contrast from his dazzling performance against the Phillies last Sunday when his 13 strikeouts tied a franchise rookie record.

No matter, it was just as effective.

''Strikeouts come, and I happened to have 13 last time,'' Flaherty said. ''I don't try to force them. If you can take a groundout and gets quick outs, you take them.''

Marte turned on a slider and sent it 447 feet into a fence beyond the bullpens in center in his return from a stint on the disabled list with a right oblique injury. His signature pitch not as crisp as it was against Philadelphia, Flaherty instead kept the Pirates off balance with an effective mix that Pittsburgh couldn't seem to figure out.

''It's good to see a young pitcher who knows he might not have a certain pitch that day be able to adjust,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''He has a lot of weapons, too, and that helps.''

Bud Norris worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save. Matt Carpenter finished 2 for 5, including a blast off Trevor Williams (5-3) leading off the game that cleared the right-field seats. Jose Martinez added three hits for the Cardinals, who bounced back from their most lopsided loss of the season on Friday night to topple the Pirates for the first time in five tries this season.

Williams lasted just four innings and 65 pitches, his shortest start of the season. The right-hander gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks as the Pirates lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.

''We were going for the edges and stuff was leaking out over the plate,'' Williams said. ''It was inconsistency at the corners. It was one of those days where my stuff had to be on and unfortunately it wasn't.''

Williams has been Pittsburgh's most consistent starter during the opening two months of the season but struggled from the outset. He only retired the Cardinals in order once, giving up Carpenter's long drive in the first, an RBI single to Martinez in the third and a sacrifice fly by Francisco Pena and a run-scoring single by Yairo Munoz in the fourth. His four innings of work marked his briefest outing since he pitched just three innings in a loss to St. Louis last August.

''He's going to see them again in five days,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''That was enough. Try to hold them to four and go on. He'll bounce back fine.''

MEADOWS STICKS

Pittsburgh rookie outfielder Austin Meadows earned a longer initial stay in the majors than anticipated after hitting .448 (13 for 29) with three home runs while filling in for Marte. The Pirates opted to send utility player Jose Osuna back to Triple-A Indianapolis instead of Meadows, who will serve as the fourth outfielder for the time being.

''I didn't really know what was going to happen to be honest with you,'' Meadows said. ''I'm going to go out there and help the team win, play hard out there and show them what I can do. I'm just going to stick to that and we'll see what happens down the road.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Dexter Fowler left the game in the fourth inning after being hit in the right knee with a 91 mph fastball by Williams. The Cardinals said X-rays on the knee were negative. Fowler said the knee was sore and he will be re-evaluated on Sunday. ... Matheny said RHP Alex Reyes (Tommy John surgery) will make his first major league appearance since 2016 on Wednesday when St. Louis plays Milwaukee. Reyes missed all of last season after having reconstructive elbow surgery in February 2017.

Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova is dealing with a sprained left index finger and could be placed on the disabled list. Nova, who is 0-4 with a 7.61 ERA in May, is scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. Nick Kingham will likely start in Nova's place if Nova is unavailable.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (6-0, 2.24 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday. Mikolas threw his first career shutout in a 6-0 victory over Kansas City in his last start.

Pirates: Jameson Taillon (2-4, 4.56) will look for his first win since April 9 on Sunday. Taillon is 0-4 with a 5.83 ERA in his last eight starts.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (2-1)L: T. Williams (5-3)S: B. Norris (10)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (5), PIT - S. Marte (7)
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J. Gyorko 2B-3B40000023.279.364.453.817-1.0
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Y. Munoz SS31210100.281.343.313.6555.0
J. Flaherty P20000024.125.125.125.250-1.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B40000010.294.340.400.740-0.5
    F. Cervelli C30100110.285.404.531.9341.5
    S. Marte CF41211011.313.369.521.8906.5
    J. Bell 1B40100003.259.333.400.7332.0
    C. Dickerson LF40000001.312.350.495.8450.0
    C. Moran 3B40200000.266.356.417.7742.0
    G. Polanco RF30000122.209.324.424.7480.0
    J. Mercer SS30000012.248.314.388.701-0.5
    T. Williams P10000000.105.105.105.2110.0
    R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- A. Frazier PH10000000.227.303.319.6220.0
    T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    b- A. Meadows PH10000001.433.433.8671.3000.0
    K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-lined out for Rodriguez in the 5th
    • b-grounded out for Glasnow in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Martinez (13), T. Pham (8)
    • HR - M. Carpenter (5)
    • SF - F. Pena
    • SH - J. Flaherty (2)
    • RBI - M. Carpenter (18), J. Martinez (31), F. Pena (3), Y. Munoz (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (16), Y. Munoz
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bell (11)
    • HR - S. Marte (7)
    • RBI - S. Marte (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - H. Bader (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gyorko-Munoz-Martinez)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - S. Marte (5)
    • DP - 2 (Harrison-Bell; Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty (W, 2-1)6.04112412.151.0223.0
    T. Lyons (H, 8)0.11000106.001.67-0.5
    J. Hicks (H, 4)1.21000001.821.222.0
    B. Norris (S, 10)1.00000102.590.9910.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (W, 2-1)6.0
    T. Lyons (H, 8)0.1
    J. Hicks (H, 4)1.2
    B. Norris (S, 10)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams (L, 5-3)4.07440313.431.13-2.5
    R. Rodriguez1.01000101.401.092.5
    T. Glasnow2.02001204.881.414.0
    K. Crick1.01000201.761.373.0
    E. Santana1.00000102.530.893.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Williams (L, 5-3)4.0
    R. Rodriguez1.0
    T. Glasnow2.0
    K. Crick1.0
    E. Santana1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Lyons (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 88-61, T. Lyons 10-6, J. Hicks 19-12, B. Norris 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 9-4, J. Hicks 5-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, T. Lyons 2, J. Hicks 6, B. Norris 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Rodriguez (2)
    • IBB - T. Glasnow
    • HBP - T. Williams
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 65-45, R. Rodriguez 22-14, T. Glasnow 30-20, K. Crick 22-14, E. Santana 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 3-4, T. Glasnow 1-2, E. Santana 1-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 18, R. Rodriguez 4, T. Glasnow 8, K. Crick 4, E. Santana 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Martinez 1B40310011.316.386.475.8614.5
    J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Pham CF41100003.291.391.513.9043.0
    M. Ozuna LF41200002.265.305.346.6513.0
    J. Gyorko 2B-3B40000023.279.364.453.817-1.0
    D. Fowler RF10000010.157.276.288.5640.5
    H. Bader PR-RF20100011.240.337.387.7242.5
    F. Pena C30010012.246.279.333.6120.5
    Y. Munoz SS31210100.281.343.313.6555.0
    J. Flaherty P20000024.125.125.125.250-1.0
    T. Lyons P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Wong 2B10000000.174.268.289.5570.0
    Total33411411917-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Harrison 2B40000010.294.340.400.740-0.5
      F. Cervelli C30100110.285.404.531.9341.5
      S. Marte CF41211011.313.369.521.8906.5
      J. Bell 1B40100003.259.333.400.7332.0
      C. Dickerson LF40000001.312.350.495.8450.0
      C. Moran 3B40200000.266.356.417.7742.0
      G. Polanco RF30000122.209.324.424.7480.0
      J. Mercer SS30000012.248.314.388.701-0.5
      T. Williams P10000000.105.105.105.2110.0
      R. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      a- A. Frazier PH10000000.227.303.319.6220.0
      T. Glasnow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      b- A. Meadows PH10000001.433.433.8671.3000.0
      K. Crick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      E. Santana P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total3216112610-----
      • a-lined out for Rodriguez in the 5th
      • b-grounded out for Glasnow in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (13), T. Pham (8)
      • HR - M. Carpenter (5)
      • SF - F. Pena
      • SH - J. Flaherty (2)
      • RBI - M. Carpenter (18), J. Martinez (31), F. Pena (3), Y. Munoz (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (16), Y. Munoz
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bell (11)
      • HR - S. Marte (7)
      • RBI - S. Marte (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Marte (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Bader (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gyorko-Munoz-Martinez)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Marte (5)
      • DP - 2 (Harrison-Bell; Mercer-Harrison-Bell)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (W, 2-1)6.04112412.151.0223.0
      T. Lyons (H, 8)0.11000106.001.67-0.5
      J. Hicks (H, 4)1.21000001.821.222.0
      B. Norris (S, 10)1.00000102.590.9910.5
      Total9.0611261---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (W, 2-1)6.0
      T. Lyons (H, 8)0.1
      J. Hicks (H, 4)1.2
      B. Norris (S, 10)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 5-3)4.07440313.431.13-2.5
      R. Rodriguez1.01000101.401.092.5
      T. Glasnow2.02001204.881.414.0
      K. Crick1.01000201.761.373.0
      E. Santana1.00000102.530.893.5
      Total9.01144191---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 5-3)4.0
      R. Rodriguez1.0
      T. Glasnow2.0
      K. Crick1.0
      E. Santana1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Lyons (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 88-61, T. Lyons 10-6, J. Hicks 19-12, B. Norris 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 9-4, J. Hicks 5-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, T. Lyons 2, J. Hicks 6, B. Norris 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Rodriguez (2)
      • IBB - T. Glasnow
      • HBP - T. Williams
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 65-45, R. Rodriguez 22-14, T. Glasnow 30-20, K. Crick 22-14, E. Santana 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Williams 3-4, T. Glasnow 1-2, E. Santana 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 18, R. Rodriguez 4, T. Glasnow 8, K. Crick 4, E. Santana 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Munoz reached on an infield single to third, Ozuna scored, Bader to second41
        Pena hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored, Ozuna to third31
      • 3RD INNING
        Martinez singled to center, Munoz scored, Martinez out at second21
      • 1ST INNING
        Marte homered to center11
        Carpenter homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edgar Santana relieved Kyle Crick
        • Y. Munoz: Munoz grounded out to third
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong popped out to shortstop
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Bud Norris relieved Jordan Hicks
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Dickerson popped out to shortstop
        • C. Moran: Moran flied out to center
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Polanco struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kyle Crick pitching
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna singled to right
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gyorko fouled out to catcher
        • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul tip, Bader struck out on foul tip
        • F. Pena: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Pena struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hicks Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Harrison grounded out to second
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cervelli singled to right center
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to third, Cervelli to second
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Pham grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Martinez out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Lyons relieved Jack Flaherty
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moran singled to center
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
        • Jordan Hicks pitching
        • Kolten Wong at second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
        • Austin Meadows hit for Tyler Glasnow
        • A. Meadows: Meadows grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Tyler Glasnow pitching
        • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • H. Bader: Ball, Bader singled to left
        • F. Pena: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Bader stole second, Ball, Pena flied out to right
        • Y. Munoz: Munoz intentionally walked
        • J. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Bell doubled to left center
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Richard Rodriguez relieved Trevor Williams
        • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez struck out swinging, Carpenter to second on wild pitch
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham flied out to deep center, Carpenter to third
        • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • Adam Frazier hit for Richard Rodriguez
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier lined out to center
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harrison grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pham doubled to deep left
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna singled to right, Pham to third
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko fouled out to first
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler hit by pitch, Ozuna to second
        • Harrison Bader ran for Dexter Fowler
        • F. Pena: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pena hit sacrifice fly to center, Pham scored, Ozuna to third
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Foul, Munoz reached on an infield single to third, Ozuna scored, Bader to second
        • J. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson flied out to center
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moran singled to right center
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Polanco grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moran out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • Y. Munoz: Foul, Munoz singled to left
        • J. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Munoz to second
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carpenter flied out to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez singled to center, Munoz scored, Martinez out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • T. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cervelli walked
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte reached on an infield single to second, Cervelli to second
        • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko struck out looking
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Fowler struck out on foul tip
        • F. Pena: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pena flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson flied out to deep right
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moran grounded out to first
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
        • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Mercer grounded into fielder's choice to third, Polanco out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter homered to right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep right
        • T. Pham: Pham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at third
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ozuna grounded into double play second to first, Pham out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison grounded out to third
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte homered to center
        • J. Bell: Ball, Bell grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)