Johan Oviedo pitched great against his old team Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cardinals 3-0 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Oviedo (1-1) gave up only one run in seven innings while striking out 10 but was the tough-luck loser. The Cardinals evened the four-game series at one game apiece.
The big right-hander scattered six hits and walked only one in lowering his season ERA to 2.45 through three starts. The Pirates acquired Oviedo and corner infield prospect Malcom Nunez from the Cardinals in a trade last Aug. 2 for left-hander Jose Quintana and reliever Chris Stratton.
Jake Woodford scattered seven hits over 5.1 innings and combined with three relief pitchers on an eight-hit shutout. He struck out three and walked one.
Zack Thompson (1-0), Drew VerHagen and Giovanny Gallegos combined for 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. Gallegos worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.
The Cardinals turned the tables on the Pirates, who blanked St. Louis 5-0 on Thursday night in the series opener.
The Cardinals scored their only run off Oviedo in the sixth inning when Nolan Arenado singled with one out, advanced to second on a groundout and came home on Nolan Gorman’s single.
The Cardinals increased their lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning when Willson Contreras and Gorman hit consecutive RBI singles off Duane Underwood Jr.
Arenado reached base in all four plate appearances, going 3 for 3 with three singles and a walk. Gorman also had three singles to go with his two RBIs.
Eight different Pirates had one hit apiece. Austin Hedges had their only extra-base hit with a double after being activated from the concussion injured list prior to the game.
The series continues at 2:15 p.m. Saturday with Roansy Contreras (1-1, 8.00) pitching for the Pirates against Steven Matz (0-2, 8.18). The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.