Crowe gets 1st win, Pirates send Cards to 18th loss in 24

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wil Crowe gave up four runs over five innings for his first major league win, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Friday night for their fifth victory in seven games following a 10-game losing streak.

Jacob Stallings and Phillip Evans drove in two runs each for the Pirates.

St. Louis has lost five straight, seven of eight and 18 of 24, dropping a season-worst four games under .500 at 36-40. The Cardinals are fourth in the NL Central, seven games back of first-place Milwaukee.

Crowe (1-4), was making his 13th big league start and 14th appearance. The 26-year-old right-hander debuted last Aug. 22.

He allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked two. Crowe gave up solo homers to Nolan Arenado in the third and Dylan Carlson in the fourth.

Clay Holmes and Chasen Shreve combined for two hitless innings, Kyle Crick gave up one hit in the eighth and Richard Rodríguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.

Stallings’ single off Jake Woodford (1-1) broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth.

Starter Kwang Hyun Kim needed 70 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings. He allowed at least one runner in each of his four full innings and gave up four runs and seven hits.

Crowe hit Kim in the chest in the second inning while Kim was attempting to bunt, which loaded the bases with one out, setting up Dylan Carlson’s RBI grounder.

Pittsburgh went ahead 4-1 in the third. Ke’Bryan Hayes had an RBI single, Stallings followed with a run-scoring grounder and Evans drove in two more as his sinking liner to right field popped out of a sliding Lars Nootbaar’s glove for a single.

Arenado hit his 250th home run leading off the third, and Yadier Molina doubled, swiped third for his first stolen base since 2019 and scored on Nootbaar's single.

Carlson’s opposite-field homer to left tied the game 4-4 in the fourth, his seventh home run this season and first in Busch Stadium.


Molina’s double in the third was his 2,049th hit, moving past Johnny Bench for No. 8 among catchers.


Hayes has reached base safely in 29 straight games dating to to Sept. 19, 2020, the longest current streak in the major leagues and the longest for the Pirates since Jason Bay's 29 in 2005.


Erik González was caught stealing for the final out of the second inning by Molina despite running on a 67.5 mph curveball from Kim. González was called safe by second base umpire Tripp Gibson, and the call was reversed in a video review.


Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader (right rib fracture) began a rehab at Low-A Palm Beach.


The Pirates send RHP JT Brubaker (4-6, 3.77 ERA) to the mound against RHP Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.74 ERA) and the Cardinals in the third of a four-game series on Saturday. Brubaker has been charged with two or earned runs or fewer in nine of 13 starts. Wainwright struck out 11 in his second complete game this season, a doubleheader opener at Atlanta on Sunday.


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Joe Harris, The Associated Press

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