“Happ was doing whatever he wanted,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.

J.A. Happ pitched seven scoreless innings, leading the Pirates to a 9-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

From Happ’s dominance on the mound, to the Pirates at the plate, everything was clicking in taking the first game of the series.

Pittsburgh put up nine runs and had 17 hits. Starling Marte moved to the No. 5 spot in the order, led the Pirates with three hits.

Andrew McCutchen, Jung Ho Kang, Francisco Cervelli and Sean Rodriguez each had two hits.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny summed up Happ’s performance performance in just 25 words as Happ was truly able to do whatever he wanted.

Happ allowed just three singles, striking out eight and walking none. Happ retired 15 straight at one point and capped off his night with a high heater in striking out Yadier Molina to end the seventh.

The Pirates have won five of Happ’s six starts and Happ lowered his ERA to 1.57 as a Pirate.

The K/BB ratio is an outstanding 32/7 over his first starts with the Pirates.