Goldschmidt homers again, surging Cardinals nip Pirates 4-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) With the bases loaded with no outs in a one-run game and Pittsburgh All-Star first baseman Josh Bell walking into the batter's box, St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Mike Maddux paid a visit to rookie Dakota Hudson and offered a reminder.

Relax, Maddux told the 24-year-old. You're a groundball pitcher. Get a groundball and get on with it.

''That was pretty much how it was,'' Hudson said. ''I just went after him and tried to attack him the best I could.''

Hudson was OK with giving up one run but not two. He needn't have worried. The way he's dealing for the streaking Cardinals, it might be time to raise the bar.

Hudson struck out Bell on three pitches, then got Colin Moran to hit into an inning-ending double play to preserve the lead and help St. Louis hold on for a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

''That was the key, the bases-loaded jam with nobody out,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''It was a huge part of the game. It kind of reiterates the point of not making it bigger than it is, just bearing down and making pitches, knowing he's two pitches away with what he has. He did a fantastic job.''

It was an exclamation point on an outing that began ominously for Hudson (10-4). He gave up three runs before recording an out - all on Starling Marte's 17th home run - but settled down quickly. He didn't allow a run the rest of the way, working 6 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and three walks to improve to 8-1 in his last 12 starts. Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller retired the last eight Pittsburgh batters, with Miller throwing a perfect ninth for his third save.

Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning on Monday, delivered a two-run drive to the left-field seats in the third inning off Chris Archer (3-7). Jose Martinez put St. Louis in front with a solo shot leading off the fifth , and the pitching did the rest as St. Louis moved to 9-3 since the All-Star break to close ground on the first-place Chicago Cubs in the quickly widening NL Central.

''I think we're going to be good,'' Martinez said. ''Especially winning these games, these close games, I think that gets us pumped up.''

PITTSBURGH PLUNGE

The Cardinals and Pirates were separated by a half-game at the break. The gap has expanded considerably over the last two weeks. Pittsburgh fell to 2-9 since over its last 11 games, with four of the losses to St. Louis. Pittsburgh is averaging just three runs during its slide.

''I think obviously when you're not scoring runs it looks like you're pressing,'' Moran said. ''Just kind of in one of those ruts right now. I think we can get out of it any day.''

Time is running out.

Archer couldn't take advantage of the early cushion and has now given up 24 home runs in 96 2/3 innings. Acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay last summer that sent future All-Star outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow to the Rays, Archer is 6-10 with a 5.01 ERA with the Pirates. Archer said he threw the ball right where he wanted on the Goldschmidt homer, but Goldschmidt turned on it anyway.

''Where we're at in the season, I'm not trying to give up anything,'' Archer said. ''I'm not trying to tip my cap. I'm trying to get people out. And just unfortunate that those home runs were hit.''

Goldschmidt's drive inside the foul pole in left with one on in the third gave him six home runs this month and 20 for the fifth straight season and seventh time in his nine-year big league career. Martinez, who preserved a 6-5, 10-inning win Monday by throwing out Kevin Newman at home, put the Cardinals in front an inning later. Hudson didn't let the rally go to waste.

KELA EXPECTED BACK

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle expects the team to activate reliever Keone Kela when he returns from a two-game suspension on Wednesday. The Pirates suspended Kela, who recently completed a stint on the 60-day IL, on Monday for an unspecified violation of his contract.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Activated right-handed reliever Mike Mayers (strained right side) from the 60-day IL and designated reliever Chasen Shreve, credited with Monday's win, for assignment. ... 3B Matt Carpenter (bruised right foot) was 0 for 2 with a walk for Triple-A Memphis and is scheduled to return to the Cardinals on Friday when he's eligible to come off the IL.

Pirates: RF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder inflammation) met with orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Altchek in New York to have the shoulder re-evaluated. The team shut down Polanco in the middle of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Indianapolis after Polanco, on the IL since June 22, complained of lingering soreness.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (6-7, 4.50 ERA) is 13- against the Pirates, the second-most victories against Pittsburgh among active pitchers.

Pirates: Jordan Lyles (5-6, 4.91) is winless since May 23 heading into his 17th start of the season. Lyles is coming off his best performance since mid-May, allowing one run on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against Philadelphia last Friday.

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  • W: D. Hudson (10-4)L: C. Archer (3-7)S: A. Miller (3)
  • HR: STL - J. Martinez (10), P. Goldschmidt (20), PIT - S. Marte (17)
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M. Wieters C40000010.234.294.477.771-0.5
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K. Wong 2B40210000.255.338.377.7154.0
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    J. Bell 1B40100023.289.369.610.9791.0
    C. Moran 3B40000034.291.332.467.799-1.5
    C. Dickerson LF30100000.301.357.496.8532.0
    a- M. Cabrera PH10000000.306.340.440.7800.0
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    J. Stallings C30000011.303.370.364.733-0.5
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    b- J. Osuna PH10000000.300.347.600.9470.0
    C. Archer P20000011.100.156.100.256-0.5
    E. Diaz C10000000.250.301.317.6180.0
    • a-flied out for Dickerson in the 9th
    • b-flied out for Stratton in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - P. DeJong (23), K. Wong (15)
    • HR - J. Martinez (10), P. Goldschmidt (20)
    • RBI - J. Martinez (37), P. Goldschmidt 2 (50), K. Wong (37)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Edman 2 (2), T. O'Neill, D. Hudson 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bell (33), C. Dickerson (16)
    • HR - S. Marte (17)
    • RBI - S. Marte 3 (56)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Moran, K. Newman, C. Archer
    FIELDING
    • DP - (DeJong-Goldschmidt)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Hudson (W, 10-4)6.16333513.611.5018.5
    G. Gallegos (H, 9)1.20000302.230.744.5
    A. Miller (S, 3)1.00000003.741.2210.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Hudson (W, 10-4)6.1
    G. Gallegos (H, 9)1.2
    A. Miller (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer (L, 3-7)6.07442625.401.423.0
    C. Stratton3.00000406.221.6211.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer (L, 3-7)6.0
    C. Stratton3.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 84-54, G. Gallegos 19-13, A. Miller 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-5, G. Gallegos 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 27, G. Gallegos 5, A. Miller 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 97-63, C. Stratton 30-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 6-6, C. Stratton 4-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 27, C. Stratton 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. Martinez RF42211011.277.348.428.7767.5
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    A. Miller P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B41121011.248.335.437.7726.5
    T. O'Neill LF40000021.277.302.455.757-1.0
    M. Wieters C40000010.234.294.477.771-0.5
    P. DeJong SS41100010.250.331.438.7692.5
    K. Wong 2B40210000.255.338.377.7154.0
    Y. Munoz CF-RF30000122.287.311.391.7020.0
    D. Hudson P30100002.061.088.061.1491.0
    H. Bader CF10000010.201.317.350.668-0.5
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Frazier 2B41200000.279.336.401.7373.0
      B. Reynolds RF21000210.328.401.498.8992.5
      S. Marte CF31131100.281.323.492.8159.0
      J. Bell 1B40100023.289.369.610.9791.0
      C. Moran 3B40000034.291.332.467.799-1.5
      C. Dickerson LF30100000.301.357.496.8532.0
      a- M. Cabrera PH10000000.306.340.440.7800.0
      K. Newman SS40100001.322.364.453.8171.0
      J. Stallings C30000011.303.370.364.733-0.5
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      E. Diaz C10000000.250.301.317.6180.0
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      • a-flied out for Dickerson in the 9th
      • b-flied out for Stratton in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - P. DeJong (23), K. Wong (15)
      • HR - J. Martinez (10), P. Goldschmidt (20)
      • RBI - J. Martinez (37), P. Goldschmidt 2 (50), K. Wong (37)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Edman 2 (2), T. O'Neill, D. Hudson 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bell (33), C. Dickerson (16)
      • HR - S. Marte (17)
      • RBI - S. Marte 3 (56)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Moran, K. Newman, C. Archer
      FIELDING
      • DP - (DeJong-Goldschmidt)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Hudson (W, 10-4)6.16333513.611.5018.5
      G. Gallegos (H, 9)1.20000302.230.744.5
      A. Miller (S, 3)1.00000003.741.2210.0
      Total9.0633381---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Hudson (W, 10-4)6.1
      G. Gallegos (H, 9)1.2
      A. Miller (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer (L, 3-7)6.07442625.401.423.0
      C. Stratton3.00000406.221.6211.0
      Total9.07442102---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer (L, 3-7)6.0
      C. Stratton3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 84-54, G. Gallegos 19-13, A. Miller 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 8-5, G. Gallegos 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 27, G. Gallegos 5, A. Miller 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 97-63, C. Stratton 30-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 6-6, C. Stratton 4-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 27, C. Stratton 9
      • 5TH INNING
        Martinez homered to right center43
      • 3RD INNING
        Goldschmidt homered to left, Martinez scored33
      • 2ND INNING
        Wong doubled to deep center, DeJong scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Marte homered to center, Frazier and Reynolds scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wong grounded out to pitcher
        • Y. Munoz: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
        • H. Bader: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Andrew Miller relieved Giovanny Gallegos
        • Melky Cabrera hit for Corey Dickerson
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
        • K. Newman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Newman lined out to shortstop
        • Jose Osuna hit for Chris Stratton
        • J. Osuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Osuna flied out to deep center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Stratton Pitching:
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wieters grounded out to shortstop
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gallegos Pitching:
        • S. Marte: Marte fouled out to right
        • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chris Stratton pitching
        • Elias Diaz catching
        • T. Edman: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Edman struck out swinging
        • Jo. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz fouled out to first
        • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
        • Harrison Bader in center field
        • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier grounded out to third
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • K. Wong: Foul, Wong singled to left
        • Y. Munoz: Munoz grounded out to third, Wong to second
        • D. Hudson: Strike swinging, Ball, Hudson grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Dickerson grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Newman: Newman lined out to right
        • J. Stallings: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • Jo. Martinez: Martinez homered to right center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill popped out to first
        • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wieters lined out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to center
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Frazier to second
        • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte walked, Frazier to third, Reynolds to second
        • J. Bell: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
        • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Moran grounded into double play shortstop to first, Marte out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, DeJong lined out to second
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to first
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Munoz walked
        • D. Hudson: Hudson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Munoz to second
        • T. Edman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Edman grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Dickerson fouled out to third
        • K. Newman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Newman singled to left
        • J. Stallings: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Stallings flied out to right
        • C. Archer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Archer struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • T. Edman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Edman lined out to left
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt homered to left, Martinez scored
        • T. O'Neill: O'Neill flied out to deep left
        • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Wieters lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
        • S. Marte: Marte grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bell: Bell doubled to deep center
        • C. Moran: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
        • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong doubled to deep right center
        • K. Wong: Ball, Wong doubled to deep center, DeJong scored
        • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Munoz struck out swinging
        • D. Hudson: Hudson grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Stallings grounded out to third
        • C. Archer: Strike looking, Archer grounded out to catcher
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • T. Edman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Edman walked
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to third
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to center
        • B. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked, Frazier to second
        • S. Marte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte homered to center, Frazier and Reynolds scored
        • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Bell lined out to center
        • C. Moran: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dickerson doubled to deep center
        • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)