ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Jeff D'Amico and the
enjoyed an utterly memorable evening.
D'Amico tossed a three-hitter for his fourth career shutout and hit one of the Pirates' record-tying seven home runs in a 14-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals.
In control throughout, D'Amico (8-12) scattered three singles and a walk. He struck out just one but retired 11 of the last 12 batters after being staked to the big lead.
"He was outstanding. He had everything working tonight and he certainly hit his spots," Pirates manager
said. "His breaking ball was good, he was in and out with his fastball, threw some good changeups as well."
"You're just able to relax out there when you get a big lead," D'Amico said. "You just try to make pitches and not worry about it. It was a much more relaxed feeling out there."
D'Amico opened the scoring in the third with his first homer of the season.
hit the first of his two home runs in the fourth and
homered twice in the fifth - the second being his fourth career grand slam.
also went deep for the Pirates, who last homered seven times in a game on August 16, 1947 - also against the Cardinals. The seven homers allowed by St. Louis were a Busch Stadium record.
"It's nice to be on the giving end and not the receiving end, that's for sure," McClendon said. "It's nice to get in the record books - on the positive side."
"Tonight was amazing," Mackowiak added. "It seemed that every guy that got up there was locked in."
St. Louis starter
(7-12) was tagged for five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. Four of the hits were home runs.
"I don't know how to explain it," Cardinals manager
Tony La Russa
said. "He's set up to pitch a good game, we need him to pitch a good game and he couldn't keep the ball in the park."
"Every pitch that was hit out was up," Stephenson said. "Every pitch that they hit was basically a home run. It wasn't like they were just boom, boom, boom, boom. It was boom, home run."
D'Amico's second career homer opened the third inning and Mackowiak's second home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field in the fourth, made it 3-0.
Kendall added his fifth homer and Giles followed with his 16th.
took over for Stephenson and Sanders hit his 28th home run.
The last time the Pirates hit three straight homers was August 8, 1995 when
accomplished the feat.
"You know something is going wrong if I'm hitting homers," D'Amico joked. "I thought it was going to hit off the wall and I was going to get thrown out at second."
Pearson got the next two batters in the fifth, but Mackowiak singled and
walked. D'Amico walked on a 3-2 pitch and
beat out an infield hit for a 7-0 lead. Kendall had an RBI single and Giles walked to force in another run.
replaced Pearson and Sanders crushed a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall for a 13-0 bulge.
"It one of those things that whenever you try to swing for the fence you end up grounding out or striking out," Sanders said. "I just wanted to put good wood on the baseball. I've never had two home runs in one inning.
said, 'You hit two home runs in one inning,' I said, 'No, I didn't. That was another inning.' I didn't even realize it at all."
Pittsburgh batted for more than 30 minutes during the outburst.
"I was perfectly happy sitting in the dugout and relaxing for a little bit," D'Amico said. "It was hot and muggy out there and I think the longer breaks in between might have helped me out."
Mackowiak's solo shot in the eighth capped his second career multi-homer game and completed the scoring.