Fowler Homers Twice, Cards sweep Pirates

St. Louis Cardinals Dexter Fowler motions to his old team members, the Chicago Cubs as he is introduced for his first at bat as a member of the Cardinals on Opening Day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 2, 2017. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Dexter Fowler hit his first two home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals and led St. Louis to a series sweep of the Pirates on Wednesday at Busch Stadium. It was the Cards third straight 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh.

Fowler had three of the Cardinals’ eight hits, hitting a third-inning drive into the right-field bullpen and a shot down the right-field line in the fifth, both off Gerrit Cole (1-2).

Josh Bell had tied the score with a fourth-inning homer to center against Michael Wacha (2-1), who had retired his first 10 batters. Wacha pitched into the seventh inning to get the victory. Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get his first save of the season.

St. Louis is now 6-9, after losing nine of 11 before the sweep.

Fowler talked in the locker room after his big game.