PITTSBURGH— The Pirates opened their series with the St. Louis Cardinals with an 11-1 win. Outfielder Joshua Palacios hit a three run homer—part of a five RBI night—with his brother Richie watching from the Cardinals’ dugout, while the Pirates worked a clinical bullpen game with Thomas Hatch and Bailey Falter.
The Pirates (56-69) took a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally in the first. Endy Rodríguez plated one run, beating the throw on an infield single to third baseman Nolan Arenado. Connor Joe went home on a wild pitch from Cardinals’ rookie Drew Rom, who was making his major league debut.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases in the third, doubling the lead to 4-0 on a single from Liover Peguero.
Ke’Bryan Hayes and Joe swapped places with doubles in the fourth, and Palacios blew the game open with a three-run bomb.
Cardinals’ catcher Andrew Knizner got one back in the top of the fifth, leading off with a solo shot to left.
Joshua Palacios hit a two-run double in the eighth, and Alika Williams hit a two-bagger of his own to stretch the lead to 11-1.
Cardinals’ center fielder Tommy Edman stopped the bleeding, robbing Jason Delay of extra bases with a leaping over-the-shoulder catch at the wall.
Richie Palacios earned a pinch-hit single in the ninth, continuing the brotherly onslaught. Joshua Palacios got the last word, though, ending the game with a diving catch in left.
The Pirates put their foot on the gas early and kept it there the entire game, never giving Rom a chance to settle in.
Star of the Game:
Connor Joe reached in all five plate appearances, hitting three doubles, drawing a walk and reaching on an error.
Stat of Interest:
Dating back to last season, the Pirates have five straight home wins against the Cardinals.
Bailey Falter earned his first win since September 30, 2022.
Falter tied his career high for a single game with eight strikeouts. The other game took place against the Pirates on July 29, 2022.
Palacios’ five RBI night set a career high.
The Pirates look to take their series with the Cardinals at 7:05pm Tuesday. Pittsburgh will send right-hander Johan Oviedo (6-13, 4.55 ERA) to the mound. St. Louis counters with Adam Wainwright (3-8, 8.42 ERA).