Cards grab early lead, fend off Rays

Cards grab early lead, fend off Rays

Paul Goldsmith had a two-run single, Lars Nootbar belted a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla

The Cardinals rebounded from a 4-2 loss on Tuesday to even the three-game interleague series, which concludes on Thursday

St. Louis received contributions throughout their lineup, with Nootbar collecting two hits, an RBI and two runs scored. Jordan Walker added two hits and drove in a run

Cards starter Dakota Hudson (3-0) worked five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Giovanny Gallegos closed out the ninth inning for his ninth save

Jose Siri had two home runs for Tampa Bay

The Rays went with Jalen Beeks as the opener, and the left-hander was charged with two runs in two-plus innings. Kevin Kelly (4-2) entered in the third inning after Nootbar singled, and in two innings, the right-hander yielded three runs

The Cardinals grabbed the lead in the second inning on Alec Burleson’s RBI groundout. Nolan Gorman got the inning started with a single, and Walker’s double put runners on second and third. With one out, Burleson chopped a ground ball to third, and Gorman scored easily

Tampa Bay responded quickly with a two-run home run in the second inning. Siri crushed one to center, putting the Rays on top 2-1

In the third inning, the Cardinals reclaimed the lead

Nolan Arenado and Walker each collected a run-scoring singles, giving St. Louis a 3-2 advantage

St. Louis kept the pressure on in the fourth inning, building a 5-2 lead on Goldschmidt’s two-run single

The Rays chipped back to 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth on Siri’s second blast of the night, a drive to left field, giving him 23 homers

Nootbar connected off Robert Stephenson in the seventh, giving the Cardinals a three-run lead

Wander Franco’s 448-foot home run off Drew VerHagen in the seventh pulled Tampa Bay within two runs

–Field Level Medi

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