Happ, Cards bullpen combine on 1-hitter, top Pirates 4-1


St. Louis Cardinals starter J.A. Happ pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – J.A. Happ combined with a trio of relievers on a one-hitter, Tommy Edman and Paul DeJong homered early and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the skidding Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1.

Happ retired the first nine batters, then gave up rookie Hoy Park’s first career home run to lead off the fourth inning.

Making his second start for the Cardinals since being acquired from the Twins in a July 30 trade, Happ struck out five and walked two.

Happ took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against the Pirates on April 23 at Minnesota and wound up allowing one hit in 7 2/3 innings.

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