Lyles overcomes high pitch count, Pirates beat Cardinals 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jordan Lyles had to change his plan on the fly.

Lyles overcame a 30-pitch first inning to combine with four relievers on a two-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Saturday for their seventh win in 10 games following an eight-game losing streak.

Lyles (3-1) allowed one hit through six innings, struck out six and walked three, lowering his ERA to 2.09, fifth-best in the NL.

With the Cardinals lying off of his curveball, the 28-year-old right-hander relied more on secondary pitches. He said he threw more sliders than he had in previous games this season.

''I've made strides in making that pitch better, which allows my other pitches to play up a little better alongside with throwing more elevated fastballs and occasional sinkers,'' Lyles said.

He battled through the first after a rain delay of 2 hours, 56 minutes, at the start. He struck out Matt Carpenter in a 10-pitch at-bat leading off, walked Paul Goldschmidt on a full count, retired Paul DeJong on a lineout that ended a seven-pitch at-bat, then struck out Marcell Ozuna in another seven-pitch at-bat.

''It's not the way you draw it up coming out of the blocks, but he was steadfast in his approach, his conviction with pitches and stayed in the hunt,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

Lyles was removed after 101 pitches. He had been 0-1 with a pair of no-decisions since beating San Francisco on April 19.

''We were able to bounce back after the second, a couple of one, two, three innings,'' Lyles said. ''It wasn't ideal to start the game off, but we bounced back in a decent way.''

St. Louis' only hit off Lyles was an RBI double by DeJong in the third that glanced off the glove of right fielder Gregory Polanco as he jumped into the wall.

''I think there comes a point in time in a guy's career where they figure out who they are, they like who they are and they go out and pitch like who they are,'' Hurdle said. ''I think Lyles got to that point last season.''

Richard Rodriguez and Francisco Liriano combined on a perfect seventh, and Kyle Crick gave up a single to Goldschmidt around a pair of walks in the eighth, then escaped the bases-loaded jam by retiring Ozuna on a groundout. Felipe Vazquez pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.

After scoring 17 runs in the series opener, the Cardinals were held to one for the second straight day.

Polanco had an RBI triple in the fourth and scored on a single by Josh Bell, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (4-3) gave up three hits - all in a row - and struck out a season-high seven in seven innings. St. Louis has lost two in a row to the Pirates after winning its first three games against Pittsburgh this season.

''I think everyone's been trending in the right direction,'' Mikolas said. ''Baseball cliche, sometimes the pitchers will pick up the slack. Sometimes the hitters will do that. Once we start clicking on all cylinders and doing everything right at the right time we'll be a very scary baseball club.''

SLUMPING

Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang pinch hit in the eighth and struck out, extending his hitless streak to 23 at-bats since April 26 and dropping his batting average to .133.

STREAKING

DeJong was reached safely in all 22 home games for the Cardinals this season, getting hits in 20 of them.

WEB GEM

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong made a sliding basket catch in short centerfield with his back to the plate to rob Bryan Reynolds of a hit leading off the seventh.

A CALL TO ARMS

Pittsburgh acquired 28-year-old right-hander Chris Stratton from the Los Angeles Angels for cash on Saturday. Stratton went 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances for the Angels, then was designated for assignment on May 7.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Nick Burdi (right biceps/elbow pain) was moved to the 60-day IL to make room for Stratton on the 40-man roster.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder cuff strain) is to make his third appearance for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. He pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and a hit on Friday night.

UP NEXT

LHP Steven Brault (0-1, 7.11 ERA) is scheduled to make his second start of the season for the Pirates against the Cardinals and RHP Dakota Hudson (2-2, 4.63 ERA) in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. Brault made his major league debut against the Cardinals in 2016 and is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA in eight appearances against them. Hudson allowed a career high eight runs, though only two were earned, over five innings in a loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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K. Newman SS30000012.370.414.519.932-0.5
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  • a-grounded out for Fowler in the 9th
  • b-popped out-bunting for Gant in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - G. Polanco
  • RBI - G. Polanco (9), J. Bell (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, K. Newman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (15)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. DeJong (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Ozuna 5 (5), K. Wong
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J. Lyles (W, 3-1)6.01113602.091.0926.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)0.20000004.321.560.0
F. Liriano (H, 2)0.10000001.061.120.0
K. Crick (H, 6)1.01002102.770.920.5
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.00000100.481.0710.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Lyles (W, 3-1)6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)0.2
F. Liriano (H, 2)0.1
K. Crick (H, 6)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 4-3)7.03221703.831.0616.5
J. Gant1.01000200.770.643.0
A. Miller1.00000205.021.604.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 4-3)7.0
J. Gant1.0
A. Miller1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lyles (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 101-62, R. Rodriguez 8-5, F. Liriano 2-2, K. Crick 21-9, F. Vazquez 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 3-9, F. Liriano 1-0, K. Crick 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 22, R. Rodriguez 2, F. Liriano, K. Crick 6, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 95-62, J. Gant 18-12, A. Miller 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 10-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 25, J. Gant 4, A. Miller 3
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G. Polanco RF41110000.304.361.536.8965.0
J. Bell 1B40110010.299.368.619.9881.5
B. Reynolds LF40000031.320.346.500.846-1.5
C. Moran 3B20000101.241.322.392.7151.0
K. Newman SS30000012.370.414.519.932-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Liriano in the 8th
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M. Carpenter 3B40000021.201.314.336.650-1.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B21100210.266.348.462.8103.5
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M. Ozuna LF40000015.245.329.531.861-0.5
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K. Wong 2B20000101.240.362.400.7621.0
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  • a-grounded out for Fowler in the 9th
  • b-popped out-bunting for Gant in the 8th
BATTING
  • 3B - G. Polanco
  • RBI - G. Polanco (9), J. Bell (29)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Marte, K. Newman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. DeJong (15)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. DeJong (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Ozuna 5 (5), K. Wong
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Lyles (W, 3-1)6.01113602.091.0926.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)0.20000004.321.560.0
F. Liriano (H, 2)0.10000001.061.120.0
K. Crick (H, 6)1.01002102.770.920.5
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.00000100.481.0710.5
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PITCHERSIP
J. Lyles (W, 3-1)6.0
R. Rodriguez (H, 6)0.2
F. Liriano (H, 2)0.1
K. Crick (H, 6)1.0
F. Vazquez (S, 12)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Mikolas (L, 4-3)7.03221703.831.0616.5
J. Gant1.01000200.770.643.0
A. Miller1.00000205.021.604.0
Total9.04221110---
PITCHERSIP
M. Mikolas (L, 4-3)7.0
J. Gant1.0
A. Miller1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Lyles (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lyles 101-62, R. Rodriguez 8-5, F. Liriano 2-2, K. Crick 21-9, F. Vazquez 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lyles 3-9, F. Liriano 1-0, K. Crick 1-1, F. Vazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Lyles 22, R. Rodriguez 2, F. Liriano, K. Crick 6, F. Vazquez 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Mikolas 95-62, J. Gant 18-12, A. Miller 10-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Mikolas 10-4
  • Batters Faced - M. Mikolas 25, J. Gant 4, A. Miller 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Bell singled to right center, Polanco scored21
    Polanco tripled to deep right center, Marte scored11
  • 3RD INNING
    DeJong doubled to deep right, Goldschmidt scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Andrew Miller pitching
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Polanco lined out to center
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bell struck out looking
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felipe Vazquez relieved Kyle Crick
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Molina lined out to shortstop
    • Harrison Bader hit for Dexter Fowler
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Gant relieved Miles Mikolas
    • E. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz singled to right
    • Jung Ho Kang hit for Francisco Liriano
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Frazier flied out to deep left
    • S. Marte: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • Yairo Munoz hit for John Gant
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Munoz fouled out to first
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt singled to right, Wong to third
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked, Goldschmidt to second
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to first
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds popped out to second
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moran grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Newman: Ball, Newman grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Richard Rodriguez relieved Jordan Lyles
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
    • Y. Molina: Molina flied out to right
    • Francisco Liriano relieved Richard Rodriguez
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Marte grounded out to first
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Polanco grounded out to first
    • J. Bell: Bell lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong flied out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lyles struck out looking
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong fouled out to third
    • M. Mikolas: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mikolas lined out to center
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marte singled to left
    • G. Polanco: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Polanco tripled to deep right center, Marte scored
    • J. Bell: Bell singled to right center, Polanco scored
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moran reached on fielder's choice to second, Bell out at second
    • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Newman lined out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to right
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Fowler struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • E. Diaz: Foul, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Lyles: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lyles struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • M. Mikolas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mikolas struck out swinging
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Carpenter flied out to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • P. DeJong: DeJong doubled to deep right, Goldschmidt scored
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Bell grounded out to second
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • C. Moran: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moran walked
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Newman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Mikolas Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Marte grounded bunt out to catcher
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Polanco popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goldschmidt walked
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong lined out to left
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Goldschmidt to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)