VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Miller helps Cardinals beat Pirates, 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Shelby Miller turned things around against his nemesis - with some help from his friends.

Advertisement
The St. Louis Cardinals right hander pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings to lead his team to a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night.

That outing was in complete contrast to Miller's history vs. Pittsburgh. Miller (2-2) entered the game with a 0-5 record and a 5.93 ERA against the Pirates. He allowed just three hits and four walks while striking out four.

''I'm excited to get a win in general'' Miller said. ''But, obviously, I've struggled against Pittsburgh and they're a tough team. They're lineup's great and they got good starting pitching and a good offense. They're not easy to get out.

''That's the first one against them. It's good to get it out of the way.''

MIller said that he made just a few subtle changes, but they paid off.

''I found some back door cutters,'' he said. ''I ended going in a little bit more on righties and just kind of mixing it up a little differently.''

Pat Neshek, Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Rosenthal followed Miller and preserved the shutout. Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny wished his pitchers had some margin for error.

''You kind of hate to keep doing that to these guys, having to be perfect,'' Matheny said. ''The bullpen did a terrific job.''

Matt Holliday had three hits, a walk and drove in the only run with a first-inning double. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, matching his career high set in 2007.

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (2-2) pitched seven innings and allowed a run on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Pirates lost for the seventh time in nine tries. Pittsburgh has won just three of its last 12 games.

''We knew there would be challenges coming into the season,'' said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle. ''We're getting to face our fair share of them in April. You just keep mounting up and you keep playing.''

St. Louis got the only run it would need in the first. Matt Carpenter led off with a bunt single down the third baseline and he went to second on Jon Jay's fielder's choice to first. Holliday then doubled to right, scoring Carpenter.

''The guy has been playing for 15 years, he knows what he's doing,'' Cole said of Holliday.

Pittsburgh had Miller on the ropes in the third, as singles by Cole and Jose Tabata and a walk to Neil Walker loaded the bases. But Miller got Andrew McCutchen to hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

In the eighth, Pittsburgh had runners on first and third with no one out against Martinez after pinch hitter Starling Marte was hit by a pitch and Tabata singled him to third. Martinez got Marte hung up on a fielder's choice back to him for the first out. After an intentional walk to McCutchen, Martinez struck out Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart to end the threat.

''I don't know if you can get much tougher,'' Matheny said. ''You look at where we were in that lineup and how we got there. He's done that a couple of times now, where he's just been able to focus in and get the job done.''

NOTES: Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano (0-3) will try to get in the victory column when he opposes Tyler Lyons (0-1) in the second game of the series Saturday. ... Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta snapped an 0-for-22 streak with a fourth inning double. ... Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin left the game after grounding out in the fifth with tightness in his left hamstring. ... This series is the last three games of a 26-game stretch against Central Division opponents to open the season for the Pirates.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Roberts: 2017 MLB Win Totals Released
Kershaw to start 7th straight opener
Yankees beat RP Betances in arbitration
Padres, P Weaver agree to 1-year deal
Cano optimistic about Mariners' season
Gagne, 41, makes Canada's WBC roster
Venezuela, Ilitch, Tigers on Miggy's mind
Nick Swisher officially retires
McCutchen calls move to RF difficult
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8851
Jim Feist + 4765
John Fisher + 3257
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2523
Kevin Rogers + 1791
Jim Feist + 1589
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 3455
John Fisher + 1505
Jim Feist + 1416
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 3403
Antony Dinero + 2618
Micah Roberts + 2249
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2873
Antony Dinero + 2798
Jim Feist + 1845
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2836
Mark Franco + 1570
Bill Marzano + 1455
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership