Seattle rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings, as the Cardinals dropped into a first-place tie in the NL Central, losing 4-1 on Saturday evening. The Pirates beat the Cubs 2-1.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that ended St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha’s scoreless streak at 23 2/3 innings. Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd homer in eighth off Tyler Lyons to make it 3-0.
Wacha struck out five in his seventh career start, but also walked four in five innings.