Pirates' Nick Kingham carries flawless game into seventh frame in Major League Baseball debut

Apr 22 2018 St. Louis MO USA St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium

Cervelli has shown what he can do when healthy, and Williams has emerged as maybe the team's most consistent pitcher. He has shut down the Nationals in his two career starts, limiting them to only four runs in 12 innings, and he finished with the no decision in both starts.

The right-hander struck out two, walked two and lowered his ERA to 2.29.

Odubel Herrera hit two homers, Jorge Alfaro also went deep and Aaron Nola pitched seven innings to help Philadelphia beat the Atlanta Braves.

"It's about being more comfortable, realizing if I make good pitches, good things are going to happen", he said. "That's my bread and butter", Williams said. You get the dean on your staff to step up. "He can be one of those guys, from what we've seen in a number of starts now, we can be standing out there with a low pitch count".

The Pirates bullpen was flawless for the second night in a row.

Pirates relievers Michael Feliz, George Kontos and Edgar Santana each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 6-1 in Weavers last 7 road starts and 10-4 in Weavers last 14 starts.

In Weaver, Kingham will be matched against a pitcher who had control issues his last time out.

Right-hander Luke Weaver (2-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Following the game, Hurdle said Frazier was not injured. He got 13 outs on ground balls.

It's a tough blow for the 27-year-old, who was just a week removed from his last stay on the disabled list.




"As we talked in spring training, the lineup has life to it", Hurdle said.

The Pirates had the leadoff batter reach base in three of the first four innings but couldn't capitalize.

But Flaherty ran into trouble in the fifth. Marte hit into a fielder's choice, but this time the Cardinals couldn't turn the double play.

Marcell Ozuna led the Cardinals with three hits and two RBIs.

The past three years, very little in Nick Kingham's career with the Pirates went according to plan.

The Pirates have homered in a season-high seven consecutive games.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are suddenly hot again. The tandem owned a MLB-best 1.059 OPS. Nola (3-1) settled in nicely after allowing three runs in the first. David Freese hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly, and Dickerson added an RBI single.

Pittsburgh's Jameson Taillon (2-2, 4.91) opposes Tanner Roark (1-2, 3.77) in Monday's opener.

In his big league debut, Kingham carried a flawless game into the seventh inning to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pittsburgh took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.

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