The St. Louis Cardinals (8-5) jumped on Pittsburgh starter James McDonald for 8 runs in just one-and-two-thirds innings at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Monday night, and moved on to a 10-6 victory, snapping a three-game winning streak by the Pirates.
Granted, only three of the runs were earned. Still, McDonald left the game after the shortest start in his Major League career. Later in the evening, he would not answer questions as to whether or not he has developed arm problems.
The Pirates (6-7) outhit the Cards 12-10, but could not duplicate Sunday’s 10-7 comeback victory over Cincinnati after St. Louis led 10-1 at the middle of the third inning.
Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker hit the game’s only home run. Starling Marte went 3-for-5, raised his batting average to .370 and extended his hitting streak to nine straight games. Walker and Jose Tabata both finished with two hits.
For St. Louis, Jon Jay and Matt Holliday both recorded two hits and two RBIs. Yadier Molina also contributed a pair of hits, and Allen Craig drove home three runs.
McDonald slipped to 1-2. Cardinals starter Lance Lynn is now 2-0.
In the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday night, Pittsburgh’s Jonathan Sanchez (0-2) is scheduled to face the Cards’ Jake Westbrook (1-1).