Flaherty cruises, Carpenter homers as Cardinals top Bucs 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Carpenter homered in two straight games entering Sunday. By contrast, Jack Flaherty had allowed at least one home run in each of his previous three starts.

Carpenter kept his streak going while Flaherty brought his to an end to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Flaherty (5-6) allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings. It marked the first time he completed six innings since July 3, when he surrendered four runs in six against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Carpenter hit a solo home run in the fifth inning - his career-high 29th of the season, tying him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead - and Jedd Gyorko singled to drive in a run later that inning to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

''(Leading the National League in home runs) is definitely not something I've ever really thought about,'' Carpenter said. ''It's just a crazy stretch. There's not much thought behind it other than I'm just trying to hit the ball hard. I'm really not trying to hit home runs. It just happens.''

St. Louis took the final two games of the three-game series to move past Pittsburgh into third place alone in the NL Central.

''Just good baseball,'' interim Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''It started on the mound. Jack was really, really tough through six innings. Offense competed well. ... Some tough at bats, good at bats, and good pitching all the way through.''

Bud Norris retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the ninth for his 21st save.

Flaherty recovered after giving up four runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in his last start.

He got out of trouble twice on Sunday, first when the Pirates had runners on second and third with one out. Corey Dickerson struck out and Starling Marte grounded out to end the third inning. With runners on first and third two innings later, Flaherty forced Jordan Luplow into an inning-ending double play.

''That was more where I kind of wanted to be at,'' Flaherty said. ''It was nice to make adjustments from the last time out, the last few times out, just to try to get ahead. Once it was get ahead, it was stay ahead.''

Carpenter's home run to right with one out in the fifth ended Trevor Williams' streak of 21 1/2 innings without allowing a run. That stretched back to July 6, when Williams (9-8) gave up three runs in the third inning of a 17-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

''At that point of the game, you are upset they are up 1-0. That's what I was worried about,'' Williams said. ''Knowing how good Flaherty was throwing and how well he was executing his pitches, it was tough. It's unfortunate that that one blink cost the game today, but that's kind of how baseball is right now.''

After the homer, Williams surrendered consecutive singles to Yadier Molina and Jose Martinez before Gyorko scored Molina with a single to left. Williams allowed those two runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in five innings.

Adam Frazier hit a home run off reliever Chasen Shreve to make it 2-1 in the seventh.

''Now we go on the road and it's (against) good teams,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''I just love the fact that we are in the hunt. Time to go. We would have loved to won more games here. We did not. Now, it's time to go put a better package together on the road.''

ROSTER MOVES

Cardinals: RHP Tyson Ross was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres and will join St. Louis in Miami. He was 6-9 with a 4.45 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 22 starts for the Padres this season.

Pirates: RHP Casey Sadler was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. RHP Alex McRae, who allowed three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief Saturday, was optioned to Indianapolis.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Dickerson started in left field for the first time since missing eight games with left hamstring discomfort. He hit leadoff and was 0 for 3 with one walk. ... INF David Freese did not play because of a right forearm contusion suffered Friday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver (6-9, 4.75) will attempt to keep his string of impressive performances going when he faces the Miami Marlins on Monday. He has surrendered three runs or fewer in five straight starts since giving up eight in an 11-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves on June 30.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (4-5, 3.63) will look for a third straight quality start when he takes the mound against the Rockies on Monday. In his last two starts, Musgrove has allowed three combined runs on 10 hits in 14 innings.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (5-6)L: T. Williams (9-8)S: B. Norris (21)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (29), PIT - A. Frazier (4)
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    • b-popped out for Crick in the 9th
    • c-grounded into a double play for Williams in the 5th
    • d-singled for Santana in the 7th
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    • HR - M. Carpenter (29)
    • RBI - M. Carpenter (60), J. Gyorko (37)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko (12)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Frazier (10)
    • HR - A. Frazier (4)
    • SH - T. Williams (3)
    • RBI - A. Frazier (14)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Garcia
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Garcia-Wong-Carpenter)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Moran-Frazier-Osuna)
    • E - J. Osuna
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty (W, 5-6)6.03001703.271.1027.5
    C. Shreve (H, 4)0.11110014.241.49-2.0
    M. Mayers (H, 5)0.11001103.601.23-1.5
    J. Hicks (H, 16)1.10000103.101.173.5
    B. Norris (S, 21)1.00000202.931.0211.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (W, 5-6)6.0
    C. Shreve (H, 4)0.1
    M. Mayers (H, 5)0.1
    J. Hicks (H, 16)1.1
    B. Norris (S, 21)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Williams (L, 9-8)5.09220313.881.270.5
    R. Rodriguez1.00000002.961.123.0
    E. Santana1.01000002.861.092.0
    K. Kela1.00001203.261.163.0
    K. Crick1.00000102.091.143.5
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    T. Williams (L, 9-8)5.0
    R. Rodriguez1.0
    E. Santana1.0
    K. Kela1.0
    K. Crick1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Flaherty (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 84-56, C. Shreve 10-6, M. Mayers 17-9, J. Hicks 10-8, B. Norris 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 7-3, J. Hicks 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 22, C. Shreve 2, M. Mayers 3, J. Hicks 4, B. Norris 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 90-63, R. Rodriguez 19-12, E. Santana 7-6, K. Kela 17-10, K. Crick 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Rodriguez 1-2, E. Santana 2-1, K. Crick 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24, R. Rodriguez 3, E. Santana 4, K. Kela 4, K. Crick 3
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      F. Cervelli C-1B40000031.256.380.460.841-1.5
      C. Moran 3B20000000.264.333.386.7190.0
      a- J. Harrison PH-3B20000010.253.296.361.656-0.5
      A. Frazier 2B41211020.272.342.426.7687.0
      J. Osuna 1B30100011.190.203.333.5360.5
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      J. Mercer SS10100100.260.329.391.7203.0
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      • a-popped out for Moran in the 7th
      • b-popped out for Crick in the 9th
      • c-grounded into a double play for Williams in the 5th
      • d-singled for Santana in the 7th
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Carpenter (29)
      • RBI - M. Carpenter (60), J. Gyorko (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Gyorko (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Frazier (10)
      • HR - A. Frazier (4)
      • SH - T. Williams (3)
      • RBI - A. Frazier (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Garcia
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Garcia-Wong-Carpenter)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moran-Frazier-Osuna)
      • E - J. Osuna
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (W, 5-6)6.03001703.271.1027.5
      C. Shreve (H, 4)0.11110014.241.49-2.0
      M. Mayers (H, 5)0.11001103.601.23-1.5
      J. Hicks (H, 16)1.10000103.101.173.5
      B. Norris (S, 21)1.00000202.931.0211.0
      Total9.05112111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (W, 5-6)6.0
      C. Shreve (H, 4)0.1
      M. Mayers (H, 5)0.1
      J. Hicks (H, 16)1.1
      B. Norris (S, 21)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Williams (L, 9-8)5.09220313.881.270.5
      R. Rodriguez1.00000002.961.123.0
      E. Santana1.01000002.861.092.0
      K. Kela1.00001203.261.163.0
      K. Crick1.00000102.091.143.5
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      PITCHERSIP
      T. Williams (L, 9-8)5.0
      R. Rodriguez1.0
      E. Santana1.0
      K. Kela1.0
      K. Crick1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Flaherty (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 84-56, C. Shreve 10-6, M. Mayers 17-9, J. Hicks 10-8, B. Norris 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 7-3, J. Hicks 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 22, C. Shreve 2, M. Mayers 3, J. Hicks 4, B. Norris 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Williams 90-63, R. Rodriguez 19-12, E. Santana 7-6, K. Kela 17-10, K. Crick 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Rodriguez 1-2, E. Santana 2-1, K. Crick 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Williams 24, R. Rodriguez 3, E. Santana 4, K. Kela 4, K. Crick 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Frazier homered to right21
      • 5TH INNING
        Gyorko singled to left, Molina scored, Martinez to second20
        Carpenter homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kyle Crick relieved Keone Kela
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Munoz struck out looking
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Bud Norris relieved Jordan Hicks
        • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Sean Rodriguez hit for Kyle Crick
        • S. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez popped out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Keone Kela pitching
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia walked
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Garcia stole second, Ball, Ball, Bader flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Hicks Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to third
        • G. Polanco: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Polanco popped out to second
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Edgar Santana relieved Richard Rodriguez
        • M. Carpenter: Carpenter safe at first on 1st baseman Osuna throwing error
        • Y. Molina: Molina grounded into double play third to second to first, Carpenter out at second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez singled to left
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna lined out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Chasen Shreve pitching
        • Yairo Munoz in right field
        • Josh Harrison hit for Colin Moran
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Harrison popped out to second
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Frazier homered to right
        • Mike Mayers relieved Chasen Shreve
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Osuna struck out swinging
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
        • Elias Diaz hit for Edgar Santana
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to right, Mercer to third
        • Jordan Hicks relieved Mike Mayers
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson grounded into fielder's choice to second, Diaz out at second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Richard Rodriguez pitching
        • G. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia flied out to deep center
        • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bader popped out to second
        • J. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
        • S. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Polanco flied out to right
        • F. Cervelli: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • J. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter homered to right
        • Y. Molina: Molina singled to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez reached on an infield single to third, Molina to third
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna popped out to second
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko singled to left, Molina scored, Martinez to second
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wong lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Frazier doubled to deep right center
        • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Osuna lined out to second
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer singled to left, Frazier to third
        • Jordan Luplow hit for Trevor Williams
        • J. Luplow: Luplow grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Mercer out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna popped out to shortstop
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko flied out to right
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong singled to center
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to shallow left, Wong to second
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Cervelli struck out on foul tip
        • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Bader flied out to center
        • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Flaherty reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter lined out to center
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Molina singled to right, Flaherty to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Osuna singled to left center
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer hit by pitch, Osuna to second
        • T. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Williams hit sacrifice bunt to first, Osuna to third, Mercer to second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna singled to left
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko flied out to deep right
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong flied out to center
        • G. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Garcia lined out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Cervelli grounded out to third
        • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moran grounded out to second
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Williams Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina flied out to left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez lined out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Dickerson flied out to center
        • S. Marte: Marte flied out to deep center
        • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)