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  • June 27, 2018 3:09 AM EDT

    ST. Sadio Mane Liverpool Jersey . LOUIS -- Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Edinson Volquez was expecting some pearls of wisdom from pitching coach Ray Searage before Thursday nights start at St. Louis. "He came up to me and I figured we were going to go over their lineup, do some scouting," Volquez said. "But all he said was, Go out there and win." Volquez compiled with those simple instructions, tossing a complete game six-hitter to win his fourth straight start in a 9-1 victory. Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for Pittsburgh, which avoided being swept in the four-game series. Volquez (8-6) has a 0.90 ERA in winning four consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He struck out five and walked two in recording the second complete-game win of his career. He allowed just one hit as a member of the San Diego Padres in beating Houston 1-0 on July 19, 2012. "He used his breaking ball effectively and he got outs when he needed them," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Its about throwing strikes and changing speeds. It was a real good effort." Volquez seemed to get better as the game went along. He needed a season-high 114 pitches to give the Pirates their first complete game of the season. "He had command of all of his pitches," St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter said. "We just werent able to get anything going." Volquez allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in each of the first four innings. He then gave up just two hits over the final five. "When he gets past the fifth, he smells the finish," Hurdle said. Shelby Miller (7-8) allowed four runs in five innings. He walked four and struck out one. Walker extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games with a two-run double in the fifth that extended the Pirates lead to 4-1. McCutchen started the three-run uprising with a run-scoring single that broke a 1-all tie. McCutchen drove in a run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. Harrison added a two-run double in the inning that made it 6-1. Martin homered off Jason Motte in the ninth. Martin drove in his 500th career run in the first inning. The Pirates had been held to six runs in losing the first three games of the series. They were a combined 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position in those losses. On Thursday, they came up with several key hits in a 4-for-11 effort with runners in scoring position. "We took advantage of some mistakes and some opportunities and we were able to play our game," Walker said. The Cardinals were playing without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb in Wednesdays 5-2 win. Molina will undergo surgery on Friday and is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks. "I think it was a tough night for our club in general," manager Mike Mathney said. "We just didnt look right from the beginning." St. Louis tied it in the third on a sacrifice fly by Carpenter. Kolten Wong began the inning with a single. Miller lost his third straight decision. "I didnt do a good job of getting ahead in the count," Miller said. "I ended up walking guys and they took advantage of the situation." NOTES: St. Louis OF Allen Craig, mired in an 0-for-13 skid did not play Thursday. ...The Cardinals open a three-game series in Milwaukee on Friday. Joe Kelly (1-1, 0.59) will face Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.45) in the first game. Kelly is making his first appearance since straining his left hamstring on April 16. ... Pittsburgh will travel to Cincinnati for a three-game series beginning Friday. LHP Jeff Locke (2-1, 3.08) will face Mat Latos (2-1, 2.41) in the opener. ... St. Louis C Tony Cruz, who is replacing Molina, allowed a passed ball in the sixth that brought in a run. ...There are now just three teams without a complete game this season -- Kansas City, Colorado and the Chicago Cubs. Dominic Solanke Liverpool Jersey .J. -- Patrick Sharp is on one of those streaks. Roberto Firmino Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, Im sure youve received many emails wondering what your take is on the Spezza goal that looked like Neil blatantly kicked it in while standing directly in the middle of the crease where, you know, usually a goalie is to make a save but couldnt be due to Neil being there! Thanks! Jon - Westfield, MA Jon:  Lets first ask Henrik Lundqvist what he thought of the scoring of the Sens second goal with .LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kevin Durant sat out of the Oklahoma City Thunders game against the Lakers on Friday night to rest his sprained right ankle.Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said Durants injury is mild, but the reigning NBA MVP will miss at least one game as a precaution.Its going to be day-by-day, but I dont know how long its going to be, Brooks said before the game. The good thing about it is that the X-rays came back negative, as we knew last night. He woke up a little sore, but well see how he feels before the next game.Perry Jones made his sixth start of the season in Durants spot against Los Angeles. Durant missed his 18th game of this season after missing just 16 total games in the first seven seasons of his NBA career.Durant missed the second half of the Thunders loss at Golden State on Thursday night after getting hurt. Durant thought about returning to the game after scoring 30 points in the first 19 minutes, but the Thunder will be cautious with the MVP.Durant only made his season debut in early December after missing Oklahoma Citys first 17 games with a broken right foot, which required surgery in October. Dejan Lovren Liverpool Jersey. He played in his first nine games under a playing-time restriction, but appeared to be rounding back into shape.Injuries have been a constant this season for the Thunder, who also played without Russell Westbrook for 14 games with a broken bone in his right hand.After a 3-12 start to the season, the Thunder had been back in their usual dominant form with both superstars in the lineup, winning nine of 10 before their loss to the NBA-leading Warriors.Like every coach in this league, you want your entire roster and (to) be able to throw all your pieces out on the court, Brooks said. But you cant make excuses, and our team wont. 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