Right-hander Jack Flaherty struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings to lead the visiting St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Flaherty (10-7) allowed four hits and walked one, and he has been strong as the Cardinals look to lock down the National League Central title. The eight shutout innings matched a career-best he set in his previous start against San Francisco, and those two outings came after he was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for August.
Pittsburgh (62-81) had won six of nine, but the Cardinals (81-62) have been a nemesis. St. Louis is 14-5 against the Pirates this year, including 11-2 since the All-Star break. Pirates starter James Marvel (0-1) had a solid major league debut but could not match Flaherty. Marvel allowed only one runner, on a walk, through 3 2/3 innings and just one hit through four innings. He went five-plus innings, giving up two runs and four hits, with two strikeouts and two walks.
Marvel was summoned last week and activated Sunday after Pittsburgh's Mitch Keller left a start when he got hit in his throwing hand with a line drive. Pittsburgh center fielder Starling Marte left Sunday after apparently injuring his left wrist making a catch in the ninth.
The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Carpenter hit a one-out double to left and scored on Bader's base hit to shallow left. In the sixth, Marvel walked Kolten Wong. Goldschmidt drove in Wong with a double to right-center to make it 2-0 and chase Marvel. Relief pitcher Yacksel Rios came in and set down three St. Louis batters in a row.
(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)