Tsutsugo hits game-ending homer, Pirates beat Cardinals 4-3

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH (AP)Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a three-run homer off Alex Reyes in the ninth inning, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Bryan Reynolds started the game-ending rally with a leadoff walk. After Colin Moran struck out swinging, Jacob Stallings walked and Tsutsugo drove Reyes’ next pitch deep to right.

”I was really only thinking about hitting a hard ball,” said Tsutsugo, who has homered five times on nine hits since signing with the Pirates on Aug. 16. ”It’s really comfortable for me. The manager, the staff, my teammates. We joke around a lot and make it a really nice environment for me. It was really easy for me to transition in this team.”

Reyes (5-7) has allowed at least one run in four of his last six appearances.

Chris Stratton (5-0) got the win, striking out the side in the top half of the inning. Stratton and fellow relievers Chad Kuhl and David Bednar combined to allow one hit over four innings.

”Our bullpen was outstanding, really kept us in the game,” manager Derek Shelton said. ”Our guys don’t give up. To win that game today and come back against a team like that, that’s big steps for us. Those are important.”

Pittsburgh earned a split of the four-game series, bouncing back from a 13-0 loss Saturday.

St. Louis remains 3 1/2 games back of Cincinnati for the second NL wild card. The Reds lost 2-1 to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

”It hurts like crazy,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ”It hurts everybody that’s invested in our team. It hurts our team. It’s tough. We’re fighting our tails off. We don’t have a lot of margin for error is probably a big part of this. We do all these little things right, but we don’t create a lot of margin for error.”

The game was tied at 1 before Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer for St. Louis in the fifth, sending a 418-foot drive into the seats in right-center. Edman’s ninth homer of the season gave him nine RBIs in his past four games.

Edman also doubled and scored on Tyler O’Neill’s first major league triple in the third.

The Pirates opened the fourth with three consecutive singles, and Tsutsugo got his team on the board with a sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh right-hander Wil Crowe, who allowed five hits in five innings, had left for the clubhouse by the time Tsutsugo homered.

”I think Chad (Kuhl) said, `How about a Yoshi bomb here?”’ Crowe said. ”We were all like, `Yeah, we would love that, wouldn’t we? That’d be awesome.’ Sure enough, he hit it and we started hearing the broadcast yelling. I ran over. Wow, that was awesome. Yoshi’s awesome.”

Kwang Hyun Kim pitched four innings of one-run ball for St. Louis in his return to the rotation. Kim, who made his last appearance out of the bullpen, got the start after Jack Flaherty was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.

”Before the game, my mindset was being aggressive, attacking the zone,” Kim said. ”That was before I was on the mound. But after I was on the mound, I gave up a walk and it just didn’t happen the way I wanted to. I wanted to pitch five innings. … I know I have to be better next time as an inning-eater.”

PAIR OF GEMS

With two out in the third, a line drive by Pittsburgh’s Kevin Newman appeared to be headed for the gap in left-center. But center fielder Harrison Bader made a diving grab at the end of a full sprint, robbing Newman of Pittsburgh’s first hit.

Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado took a hit away from Wilmer Difo in the eighth, diving to his right to make a snag on the hop. He threw to first from one knee for the out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes left after the sixth inning with a right hand contusion. He is considered day to day after initial X-rays came back negative, Shelton said. … OF Michael Chavis did not play after leaving Saturday’s game with right elbow discomfort.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: LHP Jon Lester (4-6, 5.27 ERA) will take the mound Monday for the first of a three-game series at Cincinnati. After allowing 11 runs in his first two starts for St. Louis, the 37-year-old has surrendered six runs in three starts since.

Pirates: A starting pitcher has not been announced for Tuesday, when Pittsburgh begins a two-game set at the Chicago White Sox.

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Sports Video

More Sports Videos

video

More Video

High School Football Previews

Wheeling Park Patriots: 2021 High School Football Preview

Wheeling Central Maroon Knights

John Marshall Preview

Valley Lumberjacks: 2021 Football Preview

Cameron Dragons: 2021 High School Football Preview

Paden City Wildcats: 2021 High SChool Football Preview

Hundred Hornets: 2021 High School Football Preview

Tyler Consolidated Knights: 2021 High School Football Preview

Weir High Red Riders: 2021 High School Football Preview

St. Clairsville Red Devils : 2021 High School Football Preview

More High School Football Previews

Barnesville High School

Beallsville High School

Beaver Local High School

Bellaire High School

Bridgeport High School

Brooke High School

Buckeye Local High School

Buckeye Trail High School

Caldwell High School

Cambridge High School

Cameron High School

Clay-Battelle High School

Conotton Valley High School

East Liverpool High School

Edison High School

Fort Frye High School

Harrison Central High School

Hundred High School

Indian Creek High School

John Marshall High School

Linsly High School

Magnolia High School

Martins Ferry High School

Meadowbrook High School

Monroe Central High School

Morgantown High School

Oak Glen High School

Paden City High School

Parkersburg High School

Parkersburg Catholic High School

Parkersburg South High School

River High School

St. Clairsville High School

Shadyside High School

Shenandoah High School

Steubenville High School

Steubenville Catholic Central High School

Toronto High School

Tyler Consolidated High School

Union Local High School

University High School

Valley High School

Weir High School

Weirton Madonna High School

Wellsville High School

Wheeling Central High School

Wheeling Park High School

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

More Top News

WTRF 7News Twitter

12SportsZone Twitter