Major League Baseball
St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 9
When: 2:15 PM ET, Sunday, August 11, 2019
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Temperature: 85°
Umpires: Home - Tom Hallion, 1B - Adam Hamari, 2B - Ron Kulpa, 3B - Phil Cuzzi
Attendance: 43912

Rookie Lane Thomas smacked a grand slam to rally the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-9 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

Thomas' slam in the seventh inning off reliever Kyle Crick (3-7) capped a five-run rally that erased Pittsburgh's 8-4 lead.

The Cardinals won their eighth consecutive game against the reeling Pirates, who lost for the 24th time in their last 28 games.

Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with three RBIs for the Cardinals. He is hitting .387 with seven homers and 22 RBIs against the Pirates this season.

Pirates slugger Josh Bell hit two homers. He went 5-for-10 in the series with two doubles, two homers, four runs and four RBIs.

Both starting pitchers struggled. Steven Brault allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Pirates and Miles Mikolas allowed six runs (five earned) in five innings for the Cardinals.

John Gant (8-0), the fourth of six Cardinals pitchers, picked up the victory in relief with a scoreless inning. Andrew Miller earned his fourth save despite allowing Pablo Reyes' homer in the ninth.

Bell's first-inning homer put the Pirates up 2-0. Goldschmidt countered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run blast.

The Pirates took a 4-2 lead in the third inning. Bell looped a single that right fielder Jose Martinez misplayed, allowing one run to score. Melky Cabrera followed that error -- the first in nine games for the Cardinals -- with an RBI groundout.

Goldschmidt's RBI single cut the Pirates' lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the third inning. Thomas tied the game with a two-out triple in the fourth.

Bell's second homer put the Pirates up 6-4 in the fifth. Adam Frazier's two-out, two-run single then put the Pirates up 8-4 in the sixth.

But the Cardinals stormed back when Crick lost control in the seventh. Andrew Knizer was hit by a pitch to force home one run and Thomas' grand slam put the Cardinals ahead.

Dexter Fowler, who entered the game after Jose Martinez exited with right shoulder discomfort, added a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Right-hander Clay Holmes came off the injured list and prevented further damage with a scoreless inning.

Right-hander Parker Markel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis before the game to make room for Holmes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   St. Louis
Steven Brault Player Miles Mikolas
No Decision W/L No Decision
4.2 IP 5.0
3 Strikeouts 4
5 Hits 7
7.71 ERA 9.00
Pittsburgh   St. Louis
Josh Bell Player Paul Goldschmidt
3 Hits 4
4 RBI 3
2 HR 1
9 TB 7
.750 Avg .800
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 13 3 25 .351 14 8 8 1 1 1
St. Louis 14 3 25 .368 25 7 11 4 3 1