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Taillon shuts down Cards to lift Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates' starting pitcher Jameson Taillon throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the fourth inning. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jameson Taillon pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Friday night for their second win in their past seven games.

Pittsburgh had lost three straight to St. Louis during a 3-10 stretch, mostly against NL Central opponents.

Taillon (3-4) hadn't won since April 8, when he one-hit the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-0 win. He was nearly as good this time against St. Louis, striking out six and walking one to slim his ERA to 3.97.

St. Louis has dropped three of five. Miles Mikolas (6-1) gave up two runs — one earned — in six innings. He allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one. This was his first loss since returning to the U.S. following a stint in the Japanese professional league.

Adam Frazier doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth before scoring Pittsburgh's first two runs. His double ricocheted off Mikolas' left foot and bounced into shallow left field. He scored on Josh Bell's sacrifice fly.

Francisco Cervelli followed Frazier's triple with his own to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

Pittsburgh tacked on two more runs in the eighth on an RBI double by Corey Dickerson and a sacrifice fly from Colin Moran.

Marcell Ozuna had two of the three hits off Taillon, both infield singles. Dexter Fowler also had a single.

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