ST. LOUIS (AP) — Max Kranick pitched five perfect innings in his major league debut before a 64-minute rain delay forced him from the game, and the Pittsburgh Pirates went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 Sunday.

In a season in which there have already been a modern-day record seven no-hitters, Kranick (1-0) made a bid for perhaps the most unlikely premier pitching performance of all time.

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The 23-year-old righty, who had never pitched above the High-A levels of the minors until this season, set down all 15 batters he faced against a Cardinals lineup that included All-Stars Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Yadier Molina.

Kranick struck out three and threw only 50 pitches, 36 for strikes. The Pirates led 4-0 when the rain forced a halt, ending the perfect-game bid by the 11th-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Duane Underwood Jr. relieved to begin the sixth. He set the side down in order in the sixth before giving up a leadoff double to Dylan Carlson to begin the seventh.

Gregory Polanco and Ben Gamel each hit solo homers for the Pirates, who won have won six of nine following a season-high 10-game losing streak. Bryan Reynolds drove in a pair of runs for Pittsburgh.

St. Louis, which had three hits, has lost six of seven.

Reynolds stretched his hitting streak to 12 games with run-scoring hits in the first and fourth innings. It is the longest active streak in the National League.

Pittsburgh scored three times in the first off Johan Oviedo (0-4), who allowed five runs on six hits over four innings.

Polanco and Gamel homered in the fifth off reliever Jake Woodford.

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Adam Frazier had three hits and reached base four times for the Pirates.


Former United States Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller tossed out the first pitch. The 44-year-old Miller, who won seven Olympic medals, did a midair flip off the mound before delivering the pitch to the plate. She is in town as part of the USA Olympic gymnastic team trials, which ended on Sunday.


Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader went 1 for 4 in a rehab stint with Class A Palm Beach on Saturday. Bader has missed 30 games due to a fractured rib suffered on May 24.


Pirates: LHP Tyler Anderson (3-7, 4.82) will face LHP Kyle Freeland (0-2, 7.75) on Monday in the first of a three-game series in Colorado. Anderson has lost four straight decisions and five of his last six.

Cardinals: LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 6.75) will take on RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 4.50) on Monday in the first of a three-game series against Arizona in St. Louis. LeBlanc, who was signed as a free agent on June 17, has gone six innings or more in five of 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks.

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