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Nolan Arenado has four hits as Cardinals top Pirates

Apr 9, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (11) celebrates with third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) after hitting a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Nolan Arenado went 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs to drive the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and Corey Dickerson added an RBI single for the Cardinals.

Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas lasted just 3 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. Kodi Whitley (1-0), the first of five St. Louis relievers, earned the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

With new Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol sidelined by a non-COVID illness, Skip Schumaker served as acting manager.

Losing pitcher Mitch Keller (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in four innings with four strikeouts.

Yoshi Tsutsugo drove in the Pirates’ runs with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and RBI single in the third. Ke’Bryan Hayes was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored after recovering from forearm cramping that knocked him out of the opener in the first inning.

Mikolas struggled with his command in the first inning, throwing 41 pitches as the Cardinals behind 1-0.

Daniel Vogelbach, Bryan Reynolds and Hayes hit singles to load the bases and Tsutsugo followed with a sacrifice fly. Ben Gamel walked to load the bases again, but Cole Tucker flew out to end the threat.

The Cardinals tied the game 1-all their half of the inning. Dylan Carlson led off with a single, Tyler O’Neill drew a one-out walk and Arenado hit an RBI double.

O’Neill was thrown out trying to score on Dickerson’s chopper to third base, then DeJong struck out.

Hayes hit a double in the third inning and scored on Tsutsugo’s single to put the Pirates up 2-1. But the Cardinals moved ahead 4-2 lead in their half of the third on Arenado’s RBI single and DeJong’s two-run homer.

The Cardinals pushed their lead to 5-2 in the fifth inning off reliever Roansy Contreras when Dickerson followed Arenado’s double with an RBI single.

Arenado greeted reliever Heath Hembree with an RBI double in the sixth inning to make it 6-2.

–Field Level Media