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Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 2
When: 2:15 PM ET, Sunday, June 27, 2021
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Temperature: 84°
Umpires: Home - Tripp Gibson III, 1B - Quinn Wolcott, 2B - Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B - Nick Mahrley
Attendance: 25163

Max Kranick threw five perfect innings in his big-league debut as the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Sunday.

Kranick (1-0) needed just 50 pitches to get 15 outs and earn the victory. He exited the game after a one-hour, four-minute rain delay.

The Pirates won three of four games in the series. They have won six of their past nine games overall.

Ben Gamel (3-for-3, homer, walk, two runs scored, two RBIs), Bryan Reynolds (2-for-5, run scored, two RBIs) and Adam Frazier (3-for-4, walk, two runs scored) paced the Pirates offense.

The Cardinals have lost eight of their past 10 games and 19 of their past 26. Losing pitcher Johan Oviedo (0-4) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in four innings.

The Pirates wasted no time getting after him. Frazier led off the game with a walk and raced to third on Ke'Bryan Hayes' hit-and-run single.

Reynolds hit an RBI single to start the scoring. Hayes took third on that play and scored on Yadier Molina's passed ball.

Oviedo walked Colin Moran and Jacob Stallings to load the bases. After Gregory Polanco struck out and Kevin Newman flied out, Gamel drew a walk to put the Pirates up 3-0.

The inning finally ended when Kranick grounded out on Oviedo's 43rd pitch.

The Pirates struck again in the fourth inning. Singles by Gamel, Frazier, Hayes and Reynolds expanded their lead to 5-0.

Polanco and Gamel launched solo homers off reliever Jake Woodford in the fifth inning to push the lead to 7-0.

Duane Underwood Jr. relieved Kranick and pitched a perfect sixth inning, but Dylan Carlson finally broke through with a leadoff double in the seventh. Carlson scored on Nolan Arenado's sacrifice fly.

Molina hit his 394th career double in the eighth inning, tying him with Jason Kendall for seventh on the all-time list for catchers. Paul DeJong drove him home with a single.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh   St. Louis
Max Kranick Player Johan Oviedo
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 4.0
3 Strikeouts 5
0 Hits 6
0.00 ERA 11.25
Hitting
Pittsburgh   St. Louis
Ben Gamel Player Paul DeJong
3 Hits 1
2 RBI 1
1 HR 0
6 TB 1
1.000 Avg .333
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Pittsburgh 12 2 18 .324 18 11 6 5 1 0
St. Louis 3 0 5 .103 7 6 2 2 0 0