September 6, 2015

Cardinals even series with Bucs, increase N.L. Central lead

ST. LOUIS--BUSCH STADIUM--Jaime Garcia (8-4) commanded the hill as the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-1 win to even a home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at a game apiece.

Garcia earned the win, hurling seven complete innings of scoreless baseball, scattering four hits, walking one, and striking out nine.

The Cardinals jumped on the scoreboard early when Stephen Piscotty hit a grounder up the middle, scoring Kolten Wong. Jon Jay also scored on the play when Pirates' second baseman, Josh Harrison, three wild to first base, giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

St. Louis added two more runs in the seventh when Matt Carpenter homered to left center with Peter Bourjos on base, making it 4-0.

The Pirates attempted a last inning rally, scoring one in the ninth off a Pedro Alvarez grounder through the left side of the infield, scoring Neil Walker, giving the game its final score of 4-1.

St. Louis gains a game lead in the N. L. Central after losing a game in the series opener. The current lead is six and a half games over Pittsburgh.

The series rubber match occurs today at Busch Stadium.