Chris Carpenter tossed 6-2/3 innings of no hit baseball to help St. Louis split the first four games of the 2009 season. Carpenter picked up his first win since 2006 for his effort.
The Pirates scratched out a run off of Carpenter thanks to a walk, two fielder’s choices and an error by Albert Pujols. It didn’t hold up. Ross Ohlendorf was very effective. He didn’t allow a run through six innings, having allowed just four singles. However, the first three Red Bird hitters in the seventh reached base via hit, knocking in a run and knocking Ohlendorf from the contest. Sean Burnett entered and gave up what turned out to be the game winning hit to Brian Barden. It was Barden’s second career RBI.