The St. Louis Cardinals seek their first series win in three weeks when they visit the Pittsburgh Pirates for the rubber match of a three-game set Sunday afternoon. Jack Flaherty threw six solid innings and Matt Carpenter slugged a home run in the Cardinals' 4-1 win in Saturday's contest, which snapped their three-game slide.

Jose Martinez added three hits for St. Louis, which is 0-2-3 over its last five series. The win did not come without issue, however, as Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler left Saturday's game in the fourth inning after being hit on the knee with a pitch and he will be re-evaluated Sunday. Miles Mikolas gets the nod in the finale for the Cardinals looking to follow up his first career shutout last Monday against Kansas City. Jameson Taillon goes for the hosts as he aims to snap an eight-start streak without a win.

TV: 1:35 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (6-0, 2.24 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Jameson Taillon (2-4, 4.56)

Mikolas threw 109 pitches and struck out a career-high nine in the 6-0 win over the Royals in his last turn. It marked the seventh straight start in which he has allowed two runs or fewer and left the 29-year-old with the best record in the National League. Mikolas received a no-decision after tossing seven innings of two-run ball at Pittsburgh on April 27.

After opening 2-0 with a 0.89 ERA through his first three starts, Taillon is 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA in his last seven. He gave up six runs in six innings in a loss at Cincinnati on Tuesday, although he did strike out eight and walk just one. The former first-round pick is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.

Video: Condensed Game: STL@PIT - 5/26/18




WALK-OFFS

1. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova, who is scheduled to start Tuesday, has a sprained left index finger and could be placed on the 10-day disabled list.

2. The Cardinals placed RHP Greg Holland (hip) on the DL.

3. Pirates CF Starling Marte is batting .425 during his 10-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 5, Pirates 3