BOSTON — Nick Pivetta threw seven dominant innings with 10 strikeouts, Christian Vázquez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Sunday to win their fifth straight series.
Trevor Story added a solo shot and Jackie Bradley Jr. had a go-ahead single for the Red Sox, who rebounded after being blown out 11-2 for their 13th win in 17 games on Saturday night.
St. Louis just completed its second visit to Fenway Park in 14 years. The Cardinals lost three out of four.
Juan Yepez had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth and Tyler O’Neill had three hits for the Cardinals but had to leave the game due to left hamstring strain after scoring a double.
Pivetta (7-5) continued his hot stretch, giving up just one run and four hits on four walks. He’s 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA in his last nine starts.
Tanner Houck beat Brendan Donovan for the final after Yepez’s homer with a runner in second place for his fourth save.
Vázquez shot into the Green Monster courts and made it 6-1 in eighth place.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols, who announced he is retiring at the end of the season, started at DH despite a right-handed pitch and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
Rookie right-hander Andre Pallante (2-2), in just his third career start, threw himself sharply into the sixth, allowing two runs, four hits, batting four and walking one.
Bradley broke a tie with a two-out single midway in the fifth, a grounder that slipped past shortstop Tommy Edman’s dive and scored second-place Alex Verdugo.
Story hit Pallante’s fastball to the opposite field, a drive that sailed over Boston’s bullpen in the second for his 10th homer.
The Cardinals tied in the fourth quarter when Tyler O’Neill stole second with a single lead and scored on Harrison Bader’s two-out single.
Cardinals LHP Genesis Cabrera had a gift he bought for himself hanging in his locker – a Celtics Jayson Tatum street jersey.
Cabrera from the Dominican Republic wanted to buy one of his countrymen, Al Horford, but couldn’t find one in the store, so he bought Tatum’s instead.
FATHER’S DAY GREETING
St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol’s wife, Amber, and his young daughter, Riley, were with the trip.
“They were here and yes I woke up kissing,” he said.
Red Sox RHP James Norwood, who was acquired by the Phillies for cash on Saturday, was added to the list. RHP cutter Crawford was sent to Triple-A Worcester.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty will make his second start after returning from a right shoulder injury Tuesday in Milwaukee with a plan to throw about 75 pitches before there’s likely to be no limit after that. “We will increase his number of pitches next time,” said manager Oliver Marmol. “Last time he was 60. We’re pushing that up. …After that, he’ll be a regular pitcher in the big league.”
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (out since spring practice, fractured rib cage) is expected to throw a second simulated game from Fenway Hill on Monday. … OF Verdugo was in the line-up after having a day off on Saturday.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (5-4, 2.62 ERA) will start Monday in the opener of a four-game series in Milwaukee. Mikolas picked up a no-hitter in ninth place ahead of Cal Mitchell’s ground-rule double in his last start in Pittsburgh. RHP Corbin Burnes (4-4, 2.52) is scheduled for the Brewers.
Red Sox: RHP Josh Winckowski (1-1, 4.50) is scheduled to start Monday against Tigers RHP Alex Faedo (1-3, 4.28) in the first of three races at Fenway.