Cardinals rally past slumping Pirates 6-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) Harrison Bader stepped to the plate with a chance to pull the St. Louis Cardinals even knowing the heat Pittsburgh closer Felipe Vazquez was going to send his way.

So Bader dug in and swung as Vazquez's 99 mph fastball ran in on his hands. When it dropped for a single in the eighth inning, the game was tied. Moments later, Vazquez's control abandoned him and the Cardinals were on their way to a 6-4 victory over the slumping Pirates on Sunday.

''Obviously, it was pretty firm,'' Bader said. ''It was just working inside the baseball and I got enough on it to just muscle it out there. That was a good one.''

The Cardinals won for just the fourth time in 19 games when trailing after seven innings by pouncing on Pittsburgh's bullpen. Jedd Gyorko's pinch-hit, two-run single off Edgar Santana in the seventh pulled St. Louis within one.

The Cardinals quickly loaded the bases off Michael Feliz (0-2) and the Pirates brought in Vazquez with one out in the eighth. Bader dumped the fourth pitch he saw from Vazquez just over the outstretched hands of second baseman Sean Rodriguez. Vazquez walked Yairo Munoz on four pitches to hand St. Louis the lead and the Cardinals added another run when Carson Kelly bounced into a fielder's choice.

''It happens fast, but it just shows you that hitting is always contagious,'' Bader said. ''You just do your best to pass the baton to the next guy. It was a really good team win. I wouldn't be in that situation if it wasn't for the guys in the game previous, what they did to allow me to have success up there.''

Vazquez has blown three straight save opportunities for the Pirates, who have dropped seven of nine. Director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said afterward that Vazquez experienced left forearm discomfort after his final two pitches. Vazquez was not available postgame and will be re-evaluated Monday.

''We haven't seen him in this lane before as far as being inconsistent with the command, especially the fastball,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said before Vazquez was examined by the training staff. ''It's been something that's really been in a good place. We'll keep hunting it and so will he.''

Sam Tuivailala (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh. Bud Norris worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 for St. Louis and is hitting .422 (19 of 45) since May 16.

Rookie Austin Meadows continued his torrid start for the Pirates, going 2 for 3 to boost his average to .455 since making his major league debut on May 16. Adam Frazier hit a two-run triple off Miles Mikolas in the fifth, but Pittsburgh's relievers couldn't hold a 4-1 advantage after 6 1/3 solid innings by Jameson Taillon.

Taillon was charged with three runs when Gyorko's looping fly ball to left off Santana fell for a hit in the seventh. Taillon allowed just five hits and struck out five but remains winless since April 8 as the Pirates lost for the first time all season when leading after seven innings (23-1).

The Cardinals' comeback helped Mikolas avoid his first major league loss in nearly four years. Relying heavily on impeccable control after spending two seasons in Japan, Mikolas has been one of the biggest surprises in the majors and came in off a four-hit shutout against Kansas City that served notice his hot start was hardly a fluke.

He had little trouble through the first four innings before a rare walk opened the door for the Pirates in the fifth. Elias Diaz led off with just the seventh walk issued by Mikolas this season. Jordy Mercer followed with a single before Frazier wore him down, fouling off six pitches before sending a shot over Tommy Pham in center field to drive in Mercer and Diaz. Meadows followed with a sacrifice fly.

Mikolas tied a season high by allowing four runs in six innings as his ERA ticked up to 2.54.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Held OF Dexter Fowler out of the lineup a day after Fowler took a 91 mph pitch off the right knee from Pittsburgh's Trevor Williams. ... Bench coach Mike Shildt suffered a head contusion after getting hit by a foul ball off the bat of Pittsburgh's Starling Marte while sitting in the dugout in the first inning. Shildt returned in the third inning after receiving treatment.

Pirates: Scratched C Francisco Cervelli due to flu-like symptoms. ... The team will wait at least one more day before deciding whether Ivan Nova's sprained left index finger is bad enough to put him on the disabled list. General manager Neal Huntington said left-hander Steven Brault or rookie right-hander Nick Kingham are the top options if Nova is out.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Head to Milwaukee to take on the first-place Brewers on Monday. Luke Weaver (3-4, 4.31 ERA) starts in the opener.

Pirates: Host the Chicago Cubs for three games starting Monday. Chad Kuhl (4-2, 4.20 ERA) starts the opener. Kuhl is 1-4 with an 8.23 ERA in seven career starts against the Cubs.

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  • W: S. Tuivailala (1-0)L: M. Feliz (0-2)S: B. Norris (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B41200114.214.328.403.7315.5
J. Martinez 1B51100003.313.382.467.8492.0
T. Pham CF31000113.286.392.503.8952.5
M. Ozuna LF41110103.265.307.344.6514.0
T. O'Neill RF50000045.273.306.576.881-2.0
K. Wong 2B31100000.177.270.290.5602.0
a- H. Bader PH10110000.250.345.395.7402.0
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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Y. Munoz SS31110110.286.359.314.6733.5
C. Kelly C40010014.091.130.091.2210.5
M. Mikolas P20000010.048.130.190.321-0.5
b- J. Gyorko PH10120000.287.370.460.8303.0
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c- G. Garcia PH-2B00000100.237.299.390.6881.0
  • a-singled for Wong in the 8th
  • b-singled for Mikolas in the 7th
  • c-walked for Tuivailala in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B31120000.230.304.336.6406.0
S. Rodriguez 2B10000010.179.303.357.660-0.5
A. Meadows LF31210000.455.441.8481.2906.0
S. Marte CF40000012.305.361.509.870-0.5
J. Bell 1B40000022.254.327.392.719-1.0
C. Moran 3B40110000.266.354.413.7662.0
G. Polanco RF40000021.205.317.415.732-1.0
E. Diaz C21000100.317.379.450.8292.0
J. Mercer SS31100010.250.314.387.7011.5
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S. Brault P00000000.273.273.364.6360.0
  • a-flied out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter 2 (15)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (23), H. Bader (7), Y. Munoz (3), C. Kelly (2), J. Gyorko 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (10), J. Gyorko 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 3B - A. Frazier
  • SF - A. Meadows
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (8), A. Meadows (6), C. Moran (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Meadows (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mercer-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - C. Moran (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas6.05441502.580.9810.5
S. Tuivailala (W, 1-0)1.00000102.191.3010.5
J. Hicks (H, 5)1.00000101.751.173.5
B. Norris (S, 11)1.00000002.490.9510.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas6.0
S. Tuivailala (W, 1-0)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 5)1.0
B. Norris (S, 11)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon6.15331604.531.2515.0
E. Santana (H, 6)0.21000002.450.91-1.0
M. Feliz (L, 0-2) (H, 11)0.11332105.321.36-10.5
F. Vazquez (BS, 3)0.11002003.541.43-3.0
S. Brault1.10000204.051.284.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon6.1
E. Santana (H, 6)0.2
M. Feliz (L, 0-2) (H, 11)0.1
F. Vazquez (BS, 3)0.1
S. Brault1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 99-69, S. Tuivailala 8-8, J. Hicks 14-9, B. Norris 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 4-9, S. Tuivailala 1-1, J. Hicks 1-1, B. Norris 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, S. Tuivailala 3, J. Hicks 3, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Santana (2)
  • HBP - S. Brault (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 85-61, E. Santana 10-6, M. Feliz 17-8, F. Vazquez 16-5, S. Brault 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 10-3, F. Vazquez 1-0, S. Brault 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 25, E. Santana 3, M. Feliz 4, F. Vazquez 4, S. Brault 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 3B41200114.214.328.403.7315.5
J. Martinez 1B51100003.313.382.467.8492.0
T. Pham CF31000113.286.392.503.8952.5
M. Ozuna LF41110103.265.307.344.6514.0
T. O'Neill RF50000045.273.306.576.881-2.0
K. Wong 2B31100000.177.270.290.5602.0
a- H. Bader PH10110000.250.345.395.7402.0
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Y. Munoz SS31110110.286.359.314.6733.5
C. Kelly C40010014.091.130.091.2210.5
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  • a-singled for Wong in the 8th
  • b-singled for Mikolas in the 7th
  • c-walked for Tuivailala in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B31120000.230.304.336.6406.0
S. Rodriguez 2B10000010.179.303.357.660-0.5
A. Meadows LF31210000.455.441.8481.2906.0
S. Marte CF40000012.305.361.509.870-0.5
J. Bell 1B40000022.254.327.392.719-1.0
C. Moran 3B40110000.266.354.413.7662.0
G. Polanco RF40000021.205.317.415.732-1.0
E. Diaz C21000100.317.379.450.8292.0
J. Mercer SS31100010.250.314.387.7011.5
J. Taillon P20000002.118.167.176.3430.0
E. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Dickerson PH10000000.310.348.492.8400.0
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  • a-flied out for Santana in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter 2 (15)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna (23), H. Bader (7), Y. Munoz (3), C. Kelly (2), J. Gyorko 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna (10), J. Gyorko 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 3B - A. Frazier
  • SF - A. Meadows
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (8), A. Meadows (6), C. Moran (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Moran (12)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Meadows (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Mercer-Frazier-Bell)
  • E - C. Moran (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas6.05441502.580.9810.5
S. Tuivailala (W, 1-0)1.00000102.191.3010.5
J. Hicks (H, 5)1.00000101.751.173.5
B. Norris (S, 11)1.00000002.490.9510.0
Total9.0544170---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas6.0
S. Tuivailala (W, 1-0)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 5)1.0
B. Norris (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Taillon6.15331604.531.2515.0
E. Santana (H, 6)0.21000002.450.91-1.0
M. Feliz (L, 0-2) (H, 11)0.11332105.321.36-10.5
F. Vazquez (BS, 3)0.11002003.541.43-3.0
S. Brault1.10000204.051.284.0
Total9.0866590---
PITCHERSIP
J. Taillon6.1
E. Santana (H, 6)0.2
M. Feliz (L, 0-2) (H, 11)0.1
F. Vazquez (BS, 3)0.1
S. Brault1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 99-69, S. Tuivailala 8-8, J. Hicks 14-9, B. Norris 11-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 4-9, S. Tuivailala 1-1, J. Hicks 1-1, B. Norris 2-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 24, S. Tuivailala 3, J. Hicks 3, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - E. Santana (2)
  • HBP - S. Brault (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Taillon 85-61, E. Santana 10-6, M. Feliz 17-8, F. Vazquez 16-5, S. Brault 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Taillon 10-3, F. Vazquez 1-0, S. Brault 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Taillon 25, E. Santana 3, M. Feliz 4, F. Vazquez 4, S. Brault 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Kelly reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ozuna scored, Bader to third, Munoz out at second64
    Munoz walked, Pham scored, Ozuna to third, Bader to second54
    Bader singled to right, Martinez scored, Pham to third, Ozuna to second44
  • 7TH INNING
    Gyorko singled to left, Wong and Munoz scored34
  • 5TH INNING
    Meadows hit sacrifice fly to left, Frazier scored14
    Frazier tripled to left center, Diaz and Mercer scored13
  • 4TH INNING
    Moran singled to right center, Meadows scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Ozuna reached on an infield single to shortstop, Carpenter scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • S. Brault Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez lined out to first
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pham hit by pitch
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to second, Pham to second
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris relieved Jordan Hicks
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell grounded out to third
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Ball, Moran flied out to left
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to center
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked, Martinez to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked, Martinez to third, Pham to second
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Michael Feliz
    • Harrison Bader hit for Kolten Wong
    • H. Bader: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bader singled to right, Martinez scored, Pham to third, Ozuna to second
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Munoz walked, Pham scored, Ozuna to third, Bader to second
    • C. Kelly: Strike swinging, Ball, Kelly reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ozuna scored, Bader to third, Munoz out at second
    • Greg Garcia hit for Sam Tuivailala
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked, Kelly to second
    • Steven Brault relieved Felipe Vazquez
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • S. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Meadows grounded out to second
    • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte fouled out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Sean Rodriguez at second
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Wong reached on an infield single to second
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Munoz singled to left, Wong to second
    • Edgar Santana relieved Jameson Taillon
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Wong to third, Munoz to second on wild pitch, Kelly flied out to center
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Miles Mikolas
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko singled to left, Wong and Munoz scored
    • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Carpenter popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sam Tuivailala pitching
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • Corey Dickerson hit for Edgar Santana
    • C. Dickerson: Dickerson flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to second, Carpenter to second
    • T. Pham: Foul, Pham safe at first on 3rd baseman Moran fielding error, Carpenter to third
    • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pham out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Moran grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Polanco popped out to catcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
    • C. Kelly: Kelly grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Mercer singled to left, Diaz to second
    • J. Taillon: Foul, Taillon flied out to right
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Frazier tripled to left center, Diaz and Mercer scored
    • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Meadows hit sacrifice fly to left, Frazier scored
    • S. Marte: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Marte flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, O'Neill lined out to center
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Meadows singled to shallow left
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Meadows stole second, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bell flied out to deep center, Meadows to third
    • C. Moran: Ball, Moran singled to right center, Meadows scored
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Mikolas grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter doubled to center
    • J. Martinez: Martinez popped out to first
    • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Pham grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Mercer flied out to center
    • J. Taillon: Strike looking, Taillon grounded out to catcher
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Munoz flied out to right
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moran grounded out to first
    • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Taillon Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Carpenter doubled to deep right
    • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to second, Carpenter to third
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ozuna reached on an infield single to shortstop, Carpenter scored
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, O'Neill struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Frazier flied out to left
    • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Meadows reached on an infield single to third
    • S. Marte: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Marte flied out to left
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)