Munoz’s Three-run HR caps 5-run ninth, Cardinals beat Pirates 10-Eight


Munoz’s Three-run HR caps 5-run ninth, Cardinals beat Pirates 10-Eight

Information 01 Jun 2018, 10:08 IST


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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yairo Munoz was simply searching for a fly ball to the outfield.

As a substitute, he related for the most important homer of his profession.

Munoz capped St. Louis’ five-run ninth with a three-run drive, lifting the Cardinals to a 10-Eight win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday evening.

With runners on the corners and nobody out, Munoz drove the primary pitch he acquired from Felipe Vazquez (2-2) over the wall in middle for the second homer of his rookie season.

“I used to be simply hoping to hit a deep fly, get that runner in from third,” Munoz stated. “However after I hit it, I knew it was going far.”

Francisco Cervelli hit a tiebreaking three-run homer within the eighth to present Pittsburgh an Eight-5 lead. However the Pirates could not maintain on and misplaced in St. Louis for the fifth straight time and 12th within the final 14.

Josh Bell additionally homered for the Pirates.

Munoz additionally had a two-run single within the first inning. He had 5 RBIs in 21 video games coming into the day.

Pinch hitter Luke Voit sparked the successful rally with a two-run single, trimming Pittsburgh’s result in Eight-7.

“I hoped I used to be going to get a chance to assist the group,” Voit stated. “Unbelievable approach to kick off the collection.”

Voit was known as up from Triple-A Memphis earlier within the day. It was his first at-bat with the Cardinals this season.

“There’s guys that get overwhelmed in that scenario and he is not like that,” St. Louis supervisor Mike Matheny stated. “He had that look in his eye.”

Munoz adopted along with his game-ending homer, the primary by a St. Louis rookie since Kolten Wong on July Eight, 2014.

“That is one thing so huge, I am unable to put it into phrases,” Munoz stated. “I am so completely satisfied for this second.”

Mike Mayers (2-Zero), additionally recalled earlier within the day, picked up the win with 1 1/Three scoreless innings. He struck out two and wanted simply 12 pitches to document the 4 outs.

Pittsburgh rallied from an early Four-Zero deficit because of Cervelli’s homer.

“This can be a tough approach to end that recreation,” supervisor Clint Hurdle stated. “It was a extremely good battle for us. We simply weren’t in a position to even document an out.”

Gregory Polanco had his first three-hit recreation for the Pirates since opening day. Vazquez suffered his fourth blown save within the final 5 probabilities.


Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova, positioned on the 10-day disabled listing with a sprained proper ring finger on Monday, seemingly will pitch in a simulated recreation earlier than returning to the rotation. RHP Nick Kingham will begin in Nova’s spot on Sunday.

Cardinals: RHP Alex Reyes was positioned on the 10-day disabled listing with a proper latissimus dorsi pressure after tossing 4 scoreless innings on Wednesday in Milwaukee. Cardinals vice chairman and normal supervisor Michael Girsch indicated Reyes will miss no less than two begins and certain extra. “It’s vital,” Girsch stated. … C Yadier Molina will make a rehab begin for Double-A Springfield on Saturday. Molina suffered a pelvic harm with a traumatic hematoma on Could 5. … RHP Carlos Martinez gave up two runs and 5 hits in 4 innings for Springfield in a rehab begin in opposition to Corpus Christi on Thursday. He caught out 4 and threw 63 pitches.


Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon (2-Four, Four.53 ERA) will face the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas (6-Zero, 2.58 ERA) within the second recreation of the four-game collection on Friday. Taillon is 1-1 with a Four.45 ERA in six profession begins in opposition to St. Louis. Mikolas is Four-Zero with a Three.13 ERA in 4 begins in opposition to Central Division foes this season.

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