Win over Pirates helps Cardinals gain ground

On deck

Today: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 2:15 p.m.

Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (11-12) vs. Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (11-7)

TV: AT&T SportsNet

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Saturday night to gain ground in the NL Central.

St. Louis pulled within three games of division-leading Chicago with its sixth victory in seven games. Tyler Lyons (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Juan Nicasio got three outs for his second save since he was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Carpenter’s 19th homer tied it at 3 in the seventh. Paul DeJong hit a leadoff double in the eighth and advanced on a groundout before coming home on Randal Grichuk’s bouncer to third, making it 4-3 St. Louis.

Chad Kuhl pitched six effective innings for Pittsburgh, which has dropped four in a row. Kuhl also helped himself with an RBI double in the second inning.

The Pirates grabbed a 3-2 lead on Adam Frazier’s inside-the-park homer in the seventh. Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler got hurt crashing into the wall going after Frazier’s drive, and the second baseman scored without a throw.

It was the first inside-the-park homer for the Pirates since Andrew McCutchen accomplished the feat on Sept. 10, 2014. It was the first in Busch Stadium since Edwin Encarnacion for the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 31, 2007.

Fowler departed a left knee contusion and was replaced by Grichuk.

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