ST. LOUIS (AP) J.A. Happ is happy to be back in the National League and pitching in a pennant race.
Happ pitched seven scoreless innings and Starling Marte drove in three runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Happ (4-1) allowed only three singles and won for the fourth time in six starts since being acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline. He retired 15 straight batters in one stretch, matched his season-high with eight strikeouts and walked none. He lowered his ERA with the Pirates to 1.57.