ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMIZ)
The St. Louis Cardinals narrowly took out the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-4 win on Friday night.
Jack Flaherty was on the bump for the red birds on Friday. He got through the first two innings clean, six up and six down.
He finished the night with six strikeouts over seven innings pitched.
The St. Louis offense capitalized on that with two home runs from Tyler O'Niell and Dexter Fowler to make it 2-0 early in the game.
But, the Pirates kept things close when the team loaded the bases in the 7th inning. Jacob Stalling brought in two runners off of that and made it a one run ball game.
Paul Dejong gave the Cardinals some cushion in the 8th inning, but Pittsburgh came right back with a single in the 9th.
The red birds managed to hold off the Pirates for an opening day win.
St. Louis and Pittsburgh will duke it out again on Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. at Busch Stadium.