Gyorko, Wong and Molina lead Cardinals over Pirates, 8-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kolten Wong didn't miss a beat as he came off the disabled list. In fact, he had one of his best games of the season.

The second baseman was activated before the game and had three hits to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Jedd Gyorko drove in three runs and Yadier Molina also had three hits.

Wong had been out since July 22 with left knee inflammation and brought a .216 batting average into the game.

''I thought I'd be a little rusty, but I felt pretty good,'' Wong said. ''You want to come back and help the team get a win so it's a good feeling. It was a really good win for us as a team, just not me individually.''

Gyorko hit a pair of doubles, including a tiebreaking one in the fifth inning.

Matt Carpenter doubled and tied a career high with his NL-leading 28th home run, a solo shot in the ninth off Dovydas Neverauskas. Jose Martinez doubled twice, and Harrison Bader also had two of the Cardinals' 14 hits.

''Relentless is the word that comes to mind,'' St. Louis interim manager Mike Shildt said. ''Our guys were relentless and had a lot of quality at-bats.''

Dakota Hudson (2-0) pitched three perfect innings in relief of fellow rookie Austin Gomber, who gave up four runs in four innings.

''They had the momentum then we had the momentum then they had the momentum and Dakota swung the momentum back to our side,'' Shildt said. ''He pitched three lights-out innings.''

''I'm just trying to simplify things,'' said Hudson, who has not allowed a run in his first four major league games and six innings. ''Just come in and get people out then hand the ball off to the next guy.''

Ivan Nova was also touched for four runs in four innings. The Pirates had won his previous four starts.

''They had a lot of good at-bats, (Molina) especially, threw a lot of pitches to him and everything I had, he fouled it off,'' Nova said.

Pittsburgh's David Freese homered to open the scoring in the second inning. The Pirates lost for just the second time in their last 12 games inside the NL Central.

St. Louis moved ahead for good by scoring twice off Alex McRae (0-1) in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie. Jose Martinez and Gyorko led off with back-to-back doubles and Gyorko scored on Bader's groundout.

McRae allowed three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals moved ahead 3-1 with three runs in the third as Martinez hit an RBI double and Gyorko followed with a two-run double. Bader doubled and scored on Gomber's grounder in the fourth to make it 4-1.

The Pirates tied it with three in the fourth. Jordy Mercer singled in a run and Adam Frazier hit a two-run double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RF Tyler O'Neill (groin discomfort) was scratched just before game time and replaced by Martinez. . OF Dexter Fowler (broken left foot) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. He was examined by team doctors in St. Louis on Saturday and will wear a walking boot for one month then be reevaluated. Fowler was removed in the eighth inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Pirates after fouling a ball off the foot.

Pirates: OF Corey Dickerson was activated from the 10-day DL and flied out as a pinch-hitter. INF/OF Christopher Bostick was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. . With 1B Josh Bell (strained left oblique) on the DL, C Francisco Cervelli made his first start at first base since 2016 and went 2-for-3 with a walk while handling 10 total chances flawlessly.

VAN SLYKE FETED

Retired five-time Gold Glove-winning outfielder Andy Van Slyke threw out the ceremonial first pitch on his bobblehead night. Van Slyke played for both the Cardinals (1983-86) and Pirates (1987-94).

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-6, 3.49 ERA) starts Sunday and the rookie is 1-4 with a 4.03 ERA in his last nine starts. St. Louis will try to win three series in a row for the first time this season.

Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (9-7, 3.89 ERA) has pitched a combined 17 scoreless innings while winning his last three starts.

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PIT57-54
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  • W: D. Hudson (2-0)L: A. McRae (0-1)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (28), PIT - D. Freese (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B42211221.283.396.591.98710.0
Y. Molina C51310100.288.330.472.8028.0
P. DeJong SS41000116.239.321.405.7261.5
M. Ozuna LF40000116.265.310.389.6990.5
J. Martinez RF42210103.296.359.462.8218.0
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gyorko 3B41230111.256.336.417.7538.5
K. Wong 2B50310002.224.310.368.6785.0
H. Bader CF51210003.276.343.411.7545.0
A. Gomber P20000002.167.167.167.3330.0
a- G. Garcia PH10000001.233.318.341.6590.0
D. Hudson P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Munoz RF10000000.294.358.442.7990.0
  • a-grounded out for Gomber in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF50120013.267.339.400.7393.5
S. Marte CF40000110.288.336.488.8240.5
G. Polanco RF40000022.250.341.511.852-1.0
D. Freese 3B41111010.289.351.468.8195.5
F. Cervelli 1B31200110.261.386.469.8553.5
E. Diaz C40100001.285.333.446.7791.0
J. Harrison 2B30100101.255.298.363.6613.0
J. Mercer SS31110102.257.323.389.7134.0
I. Nova P10000013.024.024.024.049-0.5
a- J. Osuna PH11100000.183.197.333.5302.0
A. McRae P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Dickerson PH10000000.317.351.516.8660.0
  • a-singled for Nova in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Neverauskas in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (33), J. Martinez 2 (20), J. Gyorko 2 (13), K. Wong (11), H. Bader (9)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (28)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (59), Y. Molina (48), J. Martinez (63), J. Gyorko 3 (36), K. Wong (25), H. Bader (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter (24), J. Martinez (31), J. Gyorko 2 (11), K. Wong (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (9), J. Harrison (9)
  • HR - D. Freese (8)
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (13), D. Freese (36), J. Mercer (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier 2 (6), J. Mercer (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Molina (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gyorko-Wong-Carpenter)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (6)
  • E - E. Diaz (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Gomber4.07443514.101.370.5
D. Hudson (W, 2-0)3.00000100.000.3316.5
M. Mayers (H, 4)1.01001103.631.181.5
B. Norris1.00000003.001.043.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Gomber4.0
D. Hudson (W, 2-0)3.0
M. Mayers (H, 4)1.0
B. Norris1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova4.08443304.491.34-1.5
A. McRae (L, 0-1)3.15334205.682.05-7.0
D. Neverauskas1.211100111.151.961.0
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova4.0
A. McRae (L, 0-1)3.1
D. Neverauskas1.2
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Gomber 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Gomber 71-47, D. Hudson 28-22, M. Mayers 20-12, B. Norris 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Gomber 5-1, D. Hudson 4-4, M. Mayers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Gomber 21, D. Hudson 9, M. Mayers 5, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - A. McRae (2)
  • IBB - I. Nova (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 92-59, A. McRae 78-45, D. Neverauskas 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-3, A. McRae 5-3, D. Neverauskas 2-3
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 22, A. McRae 19, D. Neverauskas 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Carpenter 1B42211221.283.396.591.98710.0
Y. Molina C51310100.288.330.472.8028.0
P. DeJong SS41000116.239.321.405.7261.5
M. Ozuna LF40000116.265.310.389.6990.5
J. Martinez RF42210103.296.359.462.8218.0
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.500.000.000-
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gyorko 3B41230111.256.336.417.7538.5
K. Wong 2B50310002.224.310.368.6785.0
H. Bader CF51210003.276.343.411.7545.0
A. Gomber P20000002.167.167.167.3330.0
a- G. Garcia PH10000001.233.318.341.6590.0
D. Hudson P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Y. Munoz RF10000000.294.358.442.7990.0
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  • a-grounded out for Gomber in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier LF50120013.267.339.400.7393.5
S. Marte CF40000110.288.336.488.8240.5
G. Polanco RF40000022.250.341.511.852-1.0
D. Freese 3B41111010.289.351.468.8195.5
F. Cervelli 1B31200110.261.386.469.8553.5
E. Diaz C40100001.285.333.446.7791.0
J. Harrison 2B30100101.255.298.363.6613.0
J. Mercer SS31110102.257.323.389.7134.0
I. Nova P10000013.024.024.024.049-0.5
a- J. Osuna PH11100000.183.197.333.5302.0
A. McRae P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Neverauskas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Dickerson PH10000000.317.351.516.8660.0
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  • a-singled for Nova in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Neverauskas in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (33), J. Martinez 2 (20), J. Gyorko 2 (13), K. Wong (11), H. Bader (9)
  • HR - M. Carpenter (28)
  • RBI - M. Carpenter (59), Y. Molina (48), J. Martinez (63), J. Gyorko 3 (36), K. Wong (25), H. Bader (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter (24), J. Martinez (31), J. Gyorko 2 (11), K. Wong (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Frazier (9), J. Harrison (9)
  • HR - D. Freese (8)
  • RBI - A. Frazier 2 (13), D. Freese (36), J. Mercer (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier 2 (6), J. Mercer (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Molina (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Gyorko-Wong-Carpenter)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Polanco (6)
  • E - E. Diaz (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Gomber4.07443514.101.370.5
D. Hudson (W, 2-0)3.00000100.000.3316.5
M. Mayers (H, 4)1.01001103.631.181.5
B. Norris1.00000003.001.043.0
Total9.0844471---
PITCHERSIP
A. Gomber4.0
D. Hudson (W, 2-0)3.0
M. Mayers (H, 4)1.0
B. Norris1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
I. Nova4.08443304.491.34-1.5
A. McRae (L, 0-1)3.15334205.682.05-7.0
D. Neverauskas1.211100111.151.961.0
Total9.01488751---
PITCHERSIP
I. Nova4.0
A. McRae (L, 0-1)3.1
D. Neverauskas1.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Gomber 2 (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Gomber 71-47, D. Hudson 28-22, M. Mayers 20-12, B. Norris 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Gomber 5-1, D. Hudson 4-4, M. Mayers 2-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Gomber 21, D. Hudson 9, M. Mayers 5, B. Norris 3
PITCHING
  • WP - A. McRae (2)
  • IBB - I. Nova (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 92-59, A. McRae 78-45, D. Neverauskas 18-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 5-3, A. McRae 5-3, D. Neverauskas 2-3
  • Batters Faced - I. Nova 22, A. McRae 19, D. Neverauskas 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to right center84
  • 6TH INNING
    Wong singled to shallow right, DeJong scored, Martinez to third, Gyorko to second74
  • 5TH INNING
    Bader grounded out to third, Gyorko scored, Wong to second64
    Gyorko doubled to right, Martinez scored54
  • 4TH INNING
    Frazier doubled to left center, Mercer and Osuna scored44
    Mercer singled to center, Cervelli scored42
    Molina singled to right, Bader scored, Carpenter to second41
  • 3RD INNING
    Gyorko doubled to deep left, Molina and Martinez scored31
    Martinez doubled to deep center, Carpenter scored, Molina to third11
  • 2ND INNING
    Freese homered to right01
  • 9TH INNING
    • D. Neverauskas Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader lined out to right
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Munoz grounded out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Carpenter homered to right center
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Molina flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Bud Norris relieved Mike Mayers
    • Corey Dickerson hit for Dovydas Neverauskas
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Dickerson flied out to center
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier popped out to shortstop
    • S. Marte: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Marte lined out to center
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. McRae Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ozuna walked
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ozuna to second on wild pitch, Martinez flied out to center
    • Dovydas Neverauskas relieved Alex McRae
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko flied out to deep center
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Mayers pitching
    • Yairo Munoz in right field
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Freese struck out looking
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli singled to center
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher, Cervelli to second
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Harrison walked
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Harrison out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. McRae Pitching:
    • D. Hudson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hudson grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina singled to center
    • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep left
    • S. Marte: Marte flied out to center
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. McRae Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to second, DeJong to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gyorko walked, DeJong to third, Martinez to second
    • K. Wong: Wong singled to shallow right, DeJong scored, Martinez to third, Gyorko to second
    • H. Bader: Bader lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Harrison grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer lined out to left
    • A. McRae: Strike looking, McRae grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Alex McRae pitching
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez doubled to deep right
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko doubled to right, Martinez scored
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Wong singled to left, Gyorko to third
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded out to third, Gyorko scored, Wong to second
    • Greg Garcia hit for Austin Gomber
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Garcia grounded out to first, Wong to third
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Dakota Hudson pitching
    • D. Freese: Ball, Foul, Ball, Freese grounded out to pitcher
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Foul, Diaz popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Bader doubled to deep left
    • A. Gomber: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomber grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter intentionally walked
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina singled to right, Bader scored, Carpenter to second
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter to third, Molina out at second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Gomber Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli singled to center
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to shallow left, Cervelli to third
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Harrison grounded into double play third to second to first, Diaz out at second
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer singled to center, Cervelli scored
    • Jose Osuna hit for Ivan Nova
    • J. Osuna: Osuna singled to left, Mercer to second
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier doubled to left center, Mercer and Osuna scored
    • S. Marte: Marte intentionally walked
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Polanco grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
    • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Molina singled to center, Carpenter to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep center, Carpenter scored, Molina to third
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko doubled to deep left, Molina and Martinez scored
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wong lined out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Gomber Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte grounded out to second
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • D. Freese: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Freese grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gyorko struck out looking
    • K. Wong: Wong doubled to deep right
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Bader singled to right, Wong out at home
    • A. Gomber: Foul, Foul, Gomber grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Gomber Pitching:
    • D. Freese: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Freese homered to right
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cervelli walked
    • E. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz popped out to shortstop
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Harrison doubled to deep left, Cervelli to third
    • J. Mercer: Mercer intentionally walked
    • I. Nova: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nova struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • I. Nova Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter doubled to deep right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Molina walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong reached on fielder's choice to third, Carpenter out at third, Molina to second
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ozuna flied out to center
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Molina stole third, Ball, Foul, Martinez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Gomber Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Polanco struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)