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Sport Cardinals hold off Pirates 6-5 in Game 1 of doubleheader

03:05  19 september  2020
03:05  19 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam Frazier (26) is welcomed by John Ryan Murphy (18) and Jose Osuna, left rear, after they scored on a single by Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez, and an error by right fielder Tommy Edman, during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) © APWF Pittsburgh Pirates' Adam Frazier (26) is welcomed by John Ryan Murphy (18) and Jose Osuna, left rear, after they scored on a single by Pittsburgh Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez, and an error by right fielder Tommy Edman, during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kolten Wong hit the second leadoff home run of his career, Tyler O'Neill added a two-run shot and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday.

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Ryan Helsley recorded the final two outs for his first career save, and it didn't come easily.

With two outs and no one on, umpires were forced to review the pitch sequence to Kevin Newman after plate ump Jordan Baker apparently lost track of the count. Newman walked and Erik Gonzalez reached on shortstop Paul DeJong's second throwing error.

Helsley walked pinch-hitter Josh Bell to load the bases but retired John Ryan Murphy on a flyball to end it.

a baseball player holding a bat next to home plate: Pittsburgh Pirates' John Ryan Murphy scores one of three runs on a single by Ke'Bryan Hayes off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) © APWF Pittsburgh Pirates' John Ryan Murphy scores one of three runs on a single by Ke'Bryan Hayes off St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez during the fourth inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

After scratching out all of four hits in their previous 18 innings combined, the Cardinals managed eight in seven innings against Trevor Williams (1-8) and three relievers to overcome some sloppy defense.

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St. Louis committed four errors, including a catcher's interference call against nine-time Gold Glover winner Yadier Molina that forced home Adam Frazier in the first.

Molina has been called for catcher's interference twice in four days - prior to that, the 17-year veteran had been flagged just twice in his career.

Playing their third doubleheader in five days, the Cardinals needed a jolt as they try to stay in the mix for a playoff berth. Wong provided an early one by turning on an 0-2 pitch from Williams and sending it just over the 21-foot high Clemente Wall in right field to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

St. Louis built a 6-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings then held on. A pair of errors in the fourth chased starter Carlos Martinez and allowed Pittsburgh creep within a run. Yet the Pirates lost for the ninth time in 10 games when they failed to take advantage of a two-on, one-out opportunity in the fifth and a one-on, one-out chance in the sixth.

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler O'Neill (41) celebrates with Yadier Molina (4) as he heads to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams during the second inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) © APWF St. Louis Cardinals' Tyler O'Neill (41) celebrates with Yadier Molina (4) as he heads to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams during the second inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Al Reyes (2-1) picked up the victory in relief of Martinez.

Martinez remained winless on the season but managed to survive an early meltdown after walking the bases full to start the bottom of the first.

The Pirates managed two runs in the inning without the benefit of a hit, one of them coming when the team asked for a replay on what appeared to be a swinging third strike against Bryan Reynolds. Reynolds chatted with Baker before walking to the bench and video review showed Molina's glove got in the way of Reynolds' swing, forcing in a run.

Martinez steadied himself after before his defense let him down in the fourth behind an error by DeJong and right fielder Tommy Edman that allowed the Pirates to pull within a run.

Williams saw his ERA rise to 6.70 after allowing six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Williams is 1-11 in his last 12 decisions dating back to September 2019.

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Murphy had two of Pittsburgh's four hits. Rookie third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes drove in two runs but the Pirates went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: Placed RHP Dakota Hudson on the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm. Hudson left his start on Thursday night after two innings due to what he described as discomfort in his right arm. He went 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in eight starts. St. Louis added RH reliever Nabil Crismatt to take Hudson's roster spot.

a baseball player holding a bat: St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong returns to the dugout after leading off the first baseball game of a doubleheader with a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) © APWF St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong returns to the dugout after leading off the first baseball game of a doubleheader with a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

UP NEXT

St. Louis will send out Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3, 6.23 ERA) for Game 2. Ponce de Leon is winless in 18 career starts. Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.50) takes the ball for the Pirates. Kuhl was tagged for nine runs in 2 1/3 innings in his last start against Kansas City.

Carlos Martinez in a baseball uniform throwing a ball: St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez delivers during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) © APWF St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez delivers during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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