Flaherty fans 13 for 1st MLB win as Cards beat Phillies 5-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Even after such an impressive outing, Jack Flaherty just wanted to talk about his hitting.

Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 to earn his first major league win and Tyler O'Neill homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Sunday.

Making his ninth big league start, Flaherty (1-1) gave up only two hits and walked one in 7 2/3 dominant innings. But after throwing 120 pitches, all the rookie right-hander had on his mind was his first hit in 10 at-bats - a relatively meaningless single in the third.

''I got tired of looking up at the scoreboard and seeing all those zeros by my batting average,'' Flaherty said. ''So I needed to do something about it.''

Jordan Hicks got four outs to finish the two-hitter and threw the fastest pitch in the majors this season, according to Statcast - a 105 mph fastball to Odubel Herrera in the ninth. Hicks hit 105 mph twice and 104 three times against Herrera, the five fastest pitches in the big leagues this year.

The rookie reliever threw 11 pitches 100 mph or harder Sunday.

Herrera went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, ending his on-base streak at 45 games dating to last season.

''At some point, the streak had to end,'' he said. ''It's part of the game. It's part of baseball. Now, I'm looking forward to starting a new streak.''

O'Neill, who had three hits in the cleanup spot, homered for the second time in two games. His solo shot off Aaron Nola (6-2) in the sixth made it 3-1.

''I'm feeling a lot more comfortable,'' O'Neill said. ''The best part is that I was able to contribute and we got the win.''

Matt Carpenter added three hits and Greg Garcia drove in two runs to help St. Louis split the four-game series.

Rhys Hoskins homered in the fourth off Flaherty, who retired 10 in a row during one stretch.

''What Jack pulled off is one of the best starts we've seen in a long time,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. ''We pushed him and he responded. There were really no stress innings. He was extraordinary.''

Flaherty was called up Tuesday from Triple-A Memphis when Cardinals starters Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez went on the disabled list. He became the 13th pitcher to strike out at least 13 in a game this season. Flaherty's total marked the most by a Cardinals pitcher since Martinez fanned 13 on Aug. 29, 2016, against the Braves.

Matheny was considering removing Flaherty after seven, especially with his spot in the batting order coming up to start the bottom of the inning.

''I looked at him and he gave me a dirty look and I thought that was perfect,'' Matheny said.

Nola gave up a season-high four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out six, walked one and had a five-game winning streak snapped.

''They hit me pretty well today,'' Nola said. ''I left some balls over the plate, right in their paths.''

Garcia broke a 1-all tie with a run-scoring single in the fourth. He added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

St. Louis improved to 17-7 against Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Alex Reyes tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out 13 in a minor league rehab stint at Double-A Springfield on Saturday. Reyes is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (3-2, 3.72 ERA) will face Atlanta RHP Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 2.87) in the first of a three-game series Monday in Philadelphia. Pivetta tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over Baltimore on Wednesday.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.63) opposes Kansas City RHP Ian Kennedy (1-4, 4.98) in the opener of a three-game set in St. Louis on Monday. Mikolas has held opponents to two runs or less in his last six starts.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (1-1)L: A. Nola (6-2)
  • HR: PHI - R. Hoskins (6), STL - T. O'Neill (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Hoskins LF41111001.250.389.453.8426.0
O. Herrera CF40000030.344.411.544.955-1.5
C. Santana 1B20000210.189.309.421.7301.5
J. Alfaro C40000023.255.315.382.698-1.0
A. Altherr RF30100020.195.319.354.6730.0
M. Franco 3B30000011.259.293.460.754-0.5
S. Kingery SS30000021.214.262.336.598-1.0
A. Nola P20000010.056.105.056.161-0.5
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H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Arano in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Pham CF40000021.312.419.532.951-1.0
M. Carpenter 3B-1B41300000.194.321.351.6726.0
J. Martinez 1B40110023.313.383.481.8641.0
J. Gyorko 3B00000000.290.390.493.8830.0
T. O'Neill LF42311011.333.389.7331.1228.5
D. Fowler RF32100102.160.281.292.5726.0
J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Wong 2B30000001.179.279.304.5830.0
G. Garcia SS30120000.236.290.400.6903.0
F. Pena C40000021.282.333.385.718-1.0
J. Flaherty P30100011.167.167.167.3330.5
H. Bader RF00000000.254.359.418.7770.0
    BATTING
    • HR - R. Hoskins (6)
    • RBI - R. Hoskins (27)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Carpenter 2 (12)
    • HR - T. O'Neill (2)
    • SF - G. Garcia (2)
    • SH - K. Wong (3)
    • RBI - J. Martinez (30), T. O'Neill (3), G. Garcia 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Fowler (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Santana (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Garcia-Wong-Carpenter)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Nola (L, 6-2)6.07441612.371.024.0
    V. Arano1.03110101.380.85-0.5
    H. Neris1.00000104.761.413.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Nola (L, 6-2)6.0
    V. Arano1.0
    H. Neris1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Flaherty (W, 1-1)7.221111312.311.0333.5
    J. Hicks1.10002102.051.321.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Flaherty (W, 1-1)7.2
    J. Hicks1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 99-65, V. Arano 21-17, H. Neris 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 5-7, V. Arano 1-1, H. Neris 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, V. Arano 6, H. Neris 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Hicks (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 120-80, J. Hicks 28-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 3-7, J. Hicks 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 26, J. Hicks 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Hernandez 2B30000120.277.389.440.8290.0
    R. Hoskins LF41111001.250.389.453.8426.0
    O. Herrera CF40000030.344.411.544.955-1.5
    C. Santana 1B20000210.189.309.421.7301.5
    J. Alfaro C40000023.255.315.382.698-1.0
    A. Altherr RF30100020.195.319.354.6730.0
    M. Franco 3B30000011.259.293.460.754-0.5
    S. Kingery SS30000021.214.262.336.598-1.0
    A. Nola P20000010.056.105.056.161-0.5
    V. Arano P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    a- N. Williams PH10000001.220.304.329.6340.0
    H. Neris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total2912113147-----
    • a-grounded out for Arano in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Pham CF40000021.312.419.532.951-1.0
    M. Carpenter 3B-1B41300000.194.321.351.6726.0
    J. Martinez 1B40110023.313.383.481.8641.0
    J. Gyorko 3B00000000.290.390.493.8830.0
    T. O'Neill LF42311011.333.389.7331.1228.5
    D. Fowler RF32100102.160.281.292.5726.0
    J. Hicks P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    K. Wong 2B30000001.179.279.304.5830.0
    G. Garcia SS30120000.236.290.400.6903.0
    F. Pena C40000021.282.333.385.718-1.0
    J. Flaherty P30100011.167.167.167.3330.5
    H. Bader RF00000000.254.359.418.7770.0
    Total32510411810-----
      BATTING
      • HR - R. Hoskins (6)
      • RBI - R. Hoskins (27)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter 2 (12)
      • HR - T. O'Neill (2)
      • SF - G. Garcia (2)
      • SH - K. Wong (3)
      • RBI - J. Martinez (30), T. O'Neill (3), G. Garcia 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Fowler (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Santana (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Garcia-Wong-Carpenter)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Nola (L, 6-2)6.07441612.371.024.0
      V. Arano1.03110101.380.85-0.5
      H. Neris1.00000104.761.413.5
      Total8.01055181---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Nola (L, 6-2)6.0
      V. Arano1.0
      H. Neris1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (W, 1-1)7.221111312.311.0333.5
      J. Hicks1.10002102.051.321.5
      Total9.02113141---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (W, 1-1)7.2
      J. Hicks1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 99-65, V. Arano 21-17, H. Neris 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 5-7, V. Arano 1-1, H. Neris 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Nola 26, V. Arano 6, H. Neris 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Hicks (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 120-80, J. Hicks 28-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 3-7, J. Hicks 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 26, J. Hicks 6
      • 7TH INNING
        Martinez singled to shallow right, Carpenter scored15
      • 6TH INNING
        Garcia hit sacrifice fly to left, Fowler scored14
        O'Neill homered to center13
      • 4TH INNING
        Garcia singled to shallow center, Fowler scored12
        Wong grounded out to second, O'Neill scored, Fowler to third on 1st baseman Santana fielding error11
        Hoskins homered to left center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Hicks Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • R. Hoskins: Hoskins grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez out at second
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrera struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Herrera to second
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Alfaro grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jedd Gyorko at third
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Foul, Altherr singled to shallow left
        • M. Franco: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
        • S. Kingery: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kingery struck out on foul tip
        • Nick Williams hit for Victor Arano
        • Jordan Hicks pitching
        • Harrison Bader in right
        • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Williams grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Neris pitching
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to first
        • G. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Pena: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Herrera struck out on foul tip
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana flied out to center
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alfaro flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Victor Arano relieved Aaron Nola
        • J. Flaherty: Flaherty grounded out to second
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Carpenter doubled to center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez singled to shallow right, Carpenter scored
        • T. O'Neill: O'Neill singled to shallow left, Martinez to second
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fowler flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Nola: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Strike swinging, Hoskins flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, O'Neill homered to center
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Fowler singled to shallow right
        • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Fowler stole second, Wong hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Fowler to third
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Garcia hit sacrifice fly to left, Fowler scored
        • F. Pena: Strike looking, Foul, Pena lined out to third
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
        • M. Franco: Franco flied out to shallow center
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kingery struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Hoskins homered to left center
        • O. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to second
        • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana walked
        • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Neill singled to shallow center
        • D. Fowler: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked, O'Neill to second
        • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Wong grounded out to second, O'Neill scored, Fowler to third on 1st baseman Santana fielding error
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia singled to shallow center, Fowler scored
        • F. Pena: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pena struck out looking
        • J. Flaherty: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • M. Franco: Strike looking, Foul, Franco grounded out to third
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Nola: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nola popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • F. Pena: Pena flied out to center
        • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Flaherty singled to shallow right
        • T. Pham: Pham fouled out to first
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Carpenter singled to shallow right, Flaherty to third
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • A. Altherr: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler flied out to center
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong flied out to center
        • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Flaherty Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez fouled out to third
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hoskins flied out to center
        • O. Herrera: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Nola Pitching:
        • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to third
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter doubled to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to right, Carpenter to third
        • T. O'Neill: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)