Carpenter hits another pinch homer as Cardinals beat Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Ka'ai Tom fields an RBI double hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Nolan Arenado during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, April 30, 2021.

St. Louis Cardinals (15-12, second in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-14, fourth in the NL Central)

Pittsburgh; Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (1-4, 4.77 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 17 strikeouts) Pirates: Wil Crowe (0-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, 5 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Pirates +129, Cardinals -148; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as losers of their last three games.

The Pirates are 5-9 against opponents from the NL Central. Pittsburgh has hit 20 home runs as a team this season. Phillip Evans leads the team with four while slugging .384.

The Cardinals are 7-4 against the rest of their division. St. Louis' team on-base percentage of .296 is last in the National League. Dylan Carlson leads the team with an OBP of .355.

The Cardinals won the last meeting 12-5. Jack Flaherty recorded his fifth victory and Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs for St. Louis. Trevor Cahill took his third loss for Pittsburgh.

TOP PERFORMERS: Colin Moran leads the Pirates with 10 extra base hits and is slugging .495.

Arenado leads the Cardinals with 18 RBIs and is batting .274.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pirates: 5-5, .217 batting average, 4.07 ERA, outscored by seven runs

Cardinals: 7-3, .236 batting average, 2.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 17 runs

INJURIES: Pirates: Jose Soriano: (elbow), Chad Kuhl: (right shoulder), Michael Feliz: (finger), Austin Davis: (elbow), Blake Cederlind: (elbow), Steven Brault: (lat strain), Ke'Bryan Hayes: (wrist).

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright: (covid-19 injured list), Daniel Ponce de Leon: (soulder), Andrew Miller: (toe), Miles Mikolas: (right shoulder), Dakota Hudson: (right elbow), Jordan Hicks: (undisclosed), John Nogowski: (hand), Yadier Molina: (foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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