Major League Baseball
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St. Louis at Pittsburgh
When: 4:05 PM ET, Saturday, May 26, 2018
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to continue their recent run of dominance against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals when the teams continue a three-game series Saturday afternoon. An 8-1 win in the series opener gave the Pirates six straight wins over the Cardinals, including four to begin the 2018 season series.

Francisco Cervelli had a three-run double in the victory to help back seven scoreless innings in the season debut for Joe Musgrove as Pittsburgh improved to 16-9 at home and 12-5 against division opponents. St. Louis is 3-8 over its last 11 road games and has lost three straight games overall after going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the opener. Jack Flaherty is coming off the best start of his young career and seeks an encore performance when he gets the start for the Cardinals on Saturday. Trevor Williams, who is 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA at home, goes for the Pirates.

TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (1-1, 2.31 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Trevor Williams (5-2, 3.05)

Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 while allowing one run and two hits over 7 2/3 innings to defeat Philadelphia his last time out. It marked the third time in four starts this year in which the 22-year-old allowed exactly one run. The one time Flaherty gave up more than one run in 2018 came at Pittsburgh on April 28, when the Pirates got to him for three runs in five frames.

Williams gave up a season-high four runs for the second time in his last three starts in a no-decision against San Diego on Sunday. He has 11 strikeouts and no walks over his last two outings, both of which came at home. The Arizona State product defeated the Cardinals and Flaherty on April 28 after yielding two runs in six innings, but he still has a 6.85 ERA in seven career encounters (four starts).

WALK-OFFS

1. Cardinals CF Tommy Pham hit a solo homer Friday, his only hit in 17 at-bats over the last four games.

2. Pirates 2B Josh Harrison is 10-for-24 in five games since returning from the disabled list.

3. Pittsburgh designated RHP George Kontos for assignment to make room on the roster for Musgrove.

PREDICTION: Pirates 4, Cardinals 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
St. Louis 26-22 L3 15-11 11-11 5-5 14-8 3-4 4-5
Pittsburgh 28-22 W1 16-9 12-13 2-9 12-5 4-6 10-2
Last Meeting
St. Louis Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/25/18 STL 1 PIT 8 .212 1 .576 .343 0 .940
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
St. Louis M. Ozuna .400 6 .933
Pittsburgh F. Cervelli .500 5 1.438
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
St. Louis T. Pham 1 2 3
Pittsburgh F. Cervelli 1 3 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
St. Louis 5.97 .169 31
Pittsburgh 1.66 .300 35
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
St. Louis J. Martinez .306 53 .841
Pittsburgh C. Dickerson .319 58 .863
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
St. Louis T. Pham 9 36 20
Pittsburgh G. Polanco 8 30 22
Pitching ERA Avg K
St. Louis 3.51 .238 407
Pittsburgh 4.06 .260 415