Molina, Carpenter homer as Cardinals beat Pirates 4-3

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 9: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals turns a double play over Chris Bostick #63 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on September 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

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 eihth and advanced on a groundout before coming home on Randal Grichuk’s bouncer to third, making it 4-3 St. Louis.

Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler has bruised his left knee against Pittsburgh when he crashed into the wall trying to catch a long drive by Adam Frazier that turned into an inside-the-park home run.

Frazier’s shot off John Brebbia in the seventh inning Saturday night hit just a foot from the top of the wall. After banging into the fence, Fowler crumpled to the ground and stayed down as Frazier circled the bases. The solo home run gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Fowler was replaced in center by Randal Grichuk.

By JOE HARRIS
Associated Press