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April 25, 2014

Miller, Cards blank Bucs

St. Louis — Shelby Miller finally solved Pittsburgh, pitching 52/3 scoreless innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Miller (2-2) entered the game with an 0-5 record and a 5.93 ERA against the Pirates. He allowed just three hits and four walks while striking out four.

Pat Neshek, Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Rosenthal followed Miller and preserved the shutout. Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save in seven chances.

Matt Holliday had three hits, a walk and drove in the only run with a first-inning double. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, matching his career high set in 2007.

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (2-2) pitched seven innings and allowed a run on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Pirates’ mix-up prevents

Grilli from going on DL

The Pirates attempted to put closer Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list but were unable to complete the move before Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Grilli has a strained muscle on his left side, and Pittsburgh wanted to replace him on the roster by promoting right-hander Jared Hughes from Triple-A Indianapolis. However, because Hughes was on the active roster Thursday, the Pirates could not backdate Grilli’s stint on the DL and the transaction was not finalized.

An All-Star last season, Grilli (0-1) has converted only four of seven save opportunities and blown his last two chances. He has a 4.50 ERA.

 

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