The Pirates had seen the Cardinals' rookie pitcher, Jack Flaherty, three times earlier this season. They hadn't quite seen Flaherty like this, however.
Flaherty, a right-hander taken in the first round of the 2014 draft, allowed only three hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings to out-duel Pirates starter Trevor Williams and send the Cardinals on their way to a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.
The win places the Cardinals (58-54) back in front of the Pirates (57-55) after they took two of three games in the weekend series, and it sends the Pirates on the road after a 4-5 homestand that undid some of the ground gained after the unexpected 11-game win streak.
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