After Carlos Martinez got the best of the Pirates in the first game of an important NL Central battle on Thursday, it was Gerrit Cole’s turn last night. Cole allowed two runs over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Cardinals 5-2 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Cole held St. Louis to five hits while walking two and striking out three. The only offense against him was a two-run homer from Matt Carpenter in the third inning.
Neil Walker led the charge for Pittsburgh’s offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. Lance Lynn gave up five runs in just four innings of work in the loss. Mark Melancon finished off the win for Pittsburgh with his MLB-leading 29th save.
Cole leads the majors with 13 wins and has an excellent 2.30 ERA and 116/28 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.
With the win, the Pirates are 4 1/2 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. The series will continue tonight with a matchup of John Lackey and A.J. Burnett.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
White Sox 1, Cubs 0
Cardinals 2, Pirates 5
Yankees 5, Red Sox 1
Diamondbacks 2, Mets 4
Athletics 1, Indians 5
Astros 1, Rays 3
Reds 1, Marlins 0
Nationals 2, Orioles 3
Padres 3, Rangers 4
Blue Jays 3, Royals 0
Braves 3, Rockies 5
Tigers 6, Twins 8
Brewers 2, Dodgers 3
Angels 7, Mariners 3
Phillies 2, Giants 15
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.
It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.
Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).