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Kingham, making a spot start after being officially recalled earlier in the day, lost his bid for a ideal game; however, he still pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only one hit with nine strikeouts to help the Pirates sweep the Cardinals with a 5-0 victory. "Watching him, it was just his next start", Hurdle said. "It was just a well-pitched ballgame from him".

Whether or not the Pirates would send Kingham down to Triple-A after his spot start was immediately an issue following his dominating debut.

Marcell Ozuna led the Cardinals with three hits and two RBIs. Five of the 10 hits he allowed went for extra bases including home runs to Leonys Martin and James McCann.

NY was held hitless through five innings and trailed 3-0 before Aaron Hicks' sacrifice fly in the seventh.

"Luke was good. Very good", Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. Tried to pitch around, which is smart.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, Kingham has struggled with injuries throughout his years in the Pirates' minor league system, never pitching more than 159 innings in a season. "Tried to give us a chance and (Diaz) came through with the big hit". After all, he was only seven outs away from pitching the first ideal game in the 131-year history of the Pirates, and he almost accomplished the feat less than three years removed from Tommy John surgery.

Cardinals: Matheny said OF Dexter Fowler was not available to play after he fell over a wall along the right-field line in St. Louis' 6-2 loss Saturday. While the Padres have yet to reveal a concrete timetable for Myers' return, he told reporters he expects to be sidelined for at least 14 days.

The Padres placed infielder/outfielder Wil Myers on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, per an announcement on Sunday. Left-hander Enny Romero was designated for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster.

Jameson Taillon (2-2, 4.91 ERA) gets the ball for the Pirates and will be opposed by Washington's Tanner Roark (1-2, 3.77).

Pittsburgh has won two straight after a five-game losing streak. Wacha has won four straight starts since last losing on March 31, when he allowed four runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings against the New York Mets. He has shut down the Nationals in his two career starts, limiting them to only four runs in 12 innings, and he finished with the no decision in both starts.

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