ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Dylan Carlson added a three-run blast to help the St. Louis Cardinals rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Monday night.
Brendan Donovan added a two-run double for St. Louis, which rallied from a 5-0 deficit.
Michael Chavis and Diego Castillo homered for the Pirates, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.
St. Louis has won six of seven against its NL Central rival this season.
Goldschmidt broke a 5-all tie with his 13th homer off reliever Chris Stratton (3-3).
“We just try to have good at-bats, whether we’re winning, losing or tied,” Goldschmidt said. “We did a good job of it tonight.”
Carlson punctuated a five-run outburst in the sixth with a three-run homer that tied the game. He has reached safely in 19 successive games against Pirates.
“He’s one of the better young hitters in this entire game,” St. Louis catcher Andrew Knizner said of Carlson. ”He’s a guy that can change the game with one swing of the bat.”
St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol was pleased with the way his team stuck with the game plan, despite the five-run deficit.
“That says a lot about this group,” Marmol said. “They know what they’re capable of. There was no panic in there. They knew it was a matter of time. They were taking good swings and weren’t dropping and they still put together some quality at-bats.”
Giovanny Gallegos (2-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Ryan Helsley recorded his fifth save in seven chances.
Chavis unloaded off St. Louis rookie left-hander Zack Thompson, who was making his first major league start and allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. Chavis’ home run capped off a four-run fifth that put…