Keller, Royals top Cardinals 8-2 in Game 1 of doubleheader

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brad Keller snapped out of his slump for the Kansas City Royals and kept the Cardinals in their funk.

Keller threw seven-plus innings of two-hit baseball, Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat St. Louis 8-2 Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals have lost 10 of 12.

Severe storms around St. Louis forced Tuesday night's game to be postponed and created the day-night twinbill.

Keller (3-5) ended his six-start winless streak. He worked around leadoff walks in the first, second and fourth innings and had retired 12 of 13 batters before Matt Carpenter walked and Paul Goldschmidt singled to start the eighth, ending Keller's day.

''Definitely felt a lot better,'' said Keller, who had given up 17 earned runs in his previous five starts covering 27 1/3 innings. ''More comfortable in my delivery, especially in innings three to seven. I was able to get ahead of those guys and just go after them.''

After starting the season with a 20-10 record, St. Louis fell back to .500.

''We got to look at it,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''Clearly, I don't want to be knee-jerk right now, but we can't continue, just in total, something's got to change.''

''I can't alibi it. Got reasons, got sound reason, but reality is we're not getting it done right now. Ultimately, it's a group that we'll all take ownership, but I've got to take ownership, too. I've got to figure out something and I've got to lead better, evidently,'' he said.

Keller matched his longest outing of the season. He struck out three, walked four and hit two batters.

Control was Keller's biggest issue during his struggles as he walked 20 batters in his previous five starts. Though he gave up four free passes to St. Louis, the lack of contact helped him.

''Didn't allow any of that to kind of fester into trouble for him, just came back and made good pitches after that,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Really did a good job of managing his pitch count. Really had good stuff, had the good two-seamer, had everything working for him today.''

Kevin McCarthy relieved Keller and gave up a two-run double to Marcell Ozuna. The Cardinals finished with four hits, two by Matt Wieters.

Soler's drive into the left field seats off Michael Wacha (3-2) capped a six-run third and made it 7-0.

''Any time you get runs support like that you basically just go out there and say, `here it is,' and just try to get as deep into the game as possible,'' Keller said.

Wacha has allowed 18 earned runs and 30 hits in 25 1/3 innings in five starts since returning from the injured list with left knee patellar tendinitis.

''The way I've been pitching, it's unacceptable,'' Wacha said. ''It's tough. You've got to be able to pitch well to stay in this league and right now I have not been pitching well. I have to do a better job.''

Whit Merrifield had two hits, drove in a run and scored once. Adalberto Mondesi had two hits, drove in two and scored. Nicky Lopez reached three times and scored twice and Hunter Dozier hit a pair of sacrifice flies.

ROSTER MOVES

Royals: McCarthy, a right-hander, was recalled from Triple-A Omaha after RHP Heath Fillmyer was optioned on Sunday. RHP Jake Newberry will be the 26th man for the second game.

Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson cleared waivers and was given his unconditional release, making him a free agent. OF Lane Thomas will be the 26th man for the second game.

UP NEXT

RHP Homer Bailey (4-4, 5.36 ERA) will get the start for the Royals in the nightcap against RHP Adam Wainwright (3-4, 4.75 ERA). Bailey is 5-16 with a 5.56 ERA against St. Louis. Wainwright will be facing Kansas City for the first time since 2016.

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  • W: B. Keller (3-5)L: M. Wacha (3-2)
  • HR: KC - J. Soler (11)
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    P. DeJong SS20000000.317.407.556.9621.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (13)
      • 3B - A. Mondesi (7)
      • HR - J. Soler (11)
      • SF - H. Dozier 2 (3)
      • SH - B. Keller
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (23), A. Mondesi 2 (39), H. Dozier 2 (28), J. Soler 3 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 3 (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, J. Soler 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Ozuna (10)
      • SH - G. Gallegos
      • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (42)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Ozuna, J. Gyorko, M. Wieters, M. Wacha 2 (2), Y. Munoz
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lopez-Mondesi-O'Hearn; Dozier-Lopez-O'Hearn)
      • E - B. Keller
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
      • E - D. Fowler (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 3-5)7.02224304.431.4324.5
      K. McCarthy2.020001012.712.824.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 3-5)7.0
      K. McCarthy2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Wacha (L, 3-2)4.27763415.591.69-7.0
      R. Helsley1.21112303.380.750.5
      G. Gallegos1.20000203.540.894.0
      T. Webb1.00000004.910.823.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Wacha (L, 3-2)4.2
      R. Helsley1.2
      G. Gallegos1.2
      T. Webb1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Keller 2 (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 105-64, K. McCarthy 20-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-12, K. McCarthy 3-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, K. McCarthy 7
      PITCHING
      • IBB - M. Wacha (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 86-54, R. Helsley 35-22, G. Gallegos 25-17, T. Webb 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-3, G. Gallegos 1-2, T. Webb 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, R. Helsley 8, G. Gallegos 5, T. Webb 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      N. Lopez 2B32100201.321.424.429.8535.0
      A. Mondesi SS51220011.283.317.487.8046.5
      A. Gordon LF32100112.293.391.524.9153.5
      H. Dozier 3B10020111.301.395.571.9652.5
      J. Soler RF41131013.249.303.497.8007.5
      R. O'Hearn 1B30000120.183.303.336.6390.0
      C. Gallagher C41100001.125.176.125.3012.0
      B. Keller P30000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
      K. McCarthy P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Carpenter 3B21000200.202.322.347.6693.0
        P. Goldschmidt 1B41100001.254.352.438.7902.0
        P. DeJong SS20000000.317.407.556.9621.0
        G. Gallegos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        T. Webb P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
        M. Ozuna LF40120003.233.315.511.8264.0
        D. Fowler RF-CF20000201.268.404.398.8022.0
        K. Wong 2B20000012.238.350.391.741-0.5
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        J. Gyorko 2B20000001.171.227.171.3980.0
        H. Bader CF20000012.253.381.437.8180.5
        J. Martinez RF10000010.317.368.437.804-0.5
        M. Wieters C40200012.333.346.458.8041.5
        M. Wacha P10000002.133.133.200.3330.0
        Y. Munoz 2B-SS30000002.342.359.395.7540.0
        Total2924204416-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (13)
          • 3B - A. Mondesi (7)
          • HR - J. Soler (11)
          • SF - H. Dozier 2 (3)
          • SH - B. Keller
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (23), A. Mondesi 2 (39), H. Dozier 2 (28), J. Soler 3 (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 3 (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, J. Soler 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Ozuna (10)
          • SH - G. Gallegos
          • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (42)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Ozuna, J. Gyorko, M. Wieters, M. Wacha 2 (2), Y. Munoz
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Lopez-Mondesi-O'Hearn; Dozier-Lopez-O'Hearn)
          • E - B. Keller
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Wong-DeJong-Goldschmidt)
          • E - D. Fowler (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (W, 3-5)7.02224304.431.4324.5
          K. McCarthy2.020001012.712.824.5
          Total9.0422440---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (W, 3-5)7.0
          K. McCarthy2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Wacha (L, 3-2)4.27763415.591.69-7.0
          R. Helsley1.21112303.380.750.5
          G. Gallegos1.20000203.540.894.0
          T. Webb1.00000004.910.823.0
          Total9.0887591---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Wacha (L, 3-2)4.2
          R. Helsley1.2
          G. Gallegos1.2
          T. Webb1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - B. Keller 2 (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 105-64, K. McCarthy 20-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-12, K. McCarthy 3-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 29, K. McCarthy 7
          PITCHING
          • IBB - M. Wacha (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 86-54, R. Helsley 35-22, G. Gallegos 25-17, T. Webb 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 6-3, G. Gallegos 1-2, T. Webb 3-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 23, R. Helsley 8, G. Gallegos 5, T. Webb 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Ozuna doubled to left center, Carpenter and Goldschmidt scored82
          • 7TH INNING
            Mondesi tripled to deep right, Lopez scored80
          • 3RD INNING
            Soler homered to left, Mondesi and Gordon scored70
            Dozier hit sacrifice fly to center, Lopez scored40
            Mondesi singled to right, Merrifield scored, Lopez to third, Mondesi to second30
            Merrifield doubled to left, Gallagher scored20
          • 2ND INNING
            Dozier hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Webb relieved Giovanny Gallegos
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wieters singled to right
            • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Ball, Munoz grounded into double play third to second to first, Wieters out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jose Martinez in right field
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallagher lined out to shortstop
            • B. Keller: Foul, Keller grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Goldschmidt singled to center, Carpenter to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Keller
            • G. Gallegos: Strike swinging, Foul, Gallegos hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Carpenter to third, Goldschmidt to second
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ozuna doubled to left center, Carpenter and Goldschmidt scored
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler grounded out to second, Ozuna to third
            • J. Gyorko: Gyorko lined out to left
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Helsley Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lopez walked
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Mondesi tripled to deep right, Lopez scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
            • Jedd Gyorko at second base
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Soler lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gyorko grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Bader hit by pitch
            • M. Wieters: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wieters struck out looking
            • Y. Munoz: Munoz flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Helsley Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallagher lined out to center
            • B. Keller: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Keller struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna lined out to left
            • D. Fowler: Foul, Fowler flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Wacha Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lopez walked
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi reached on fielder's choice to second, Lopez out at second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep right, Mondesi to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • Ryan Helsley pitching
            • Yairo Munoz at second base
            • J. Soler: Soler lined out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Munoz grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
            • P. Goldschmidt: Goldschmidt fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Wacha Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gallagher grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Keller: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Keller struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler walked
            • K. Wong: Wong lined out to third
            • H. Bader: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bader struck out looking
            • M. Wieters: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wieters lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Wacha Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallagher singled to center
            • B. Keller: Foul, Keller hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Gallagher to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to left, Gallagher scored
            • N. Lopez: Lopez singled to right, Merrifield to third
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt to first, Mondesi singled to right, Merrifield scored, Lopez to third, Mondesi to second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon intentionally walked
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier hit sacrifice fly to center, Lopez scored
            • J. Soler: Soler homered to left, Mondesi and Gordon scored
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to deep right
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong safe at first on Keller fielding error
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Wacha Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to deep right, Gordon to third on center fielder Fowler fielding error
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dozier hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
            • K. Wong: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Wong struck out on foul tip
            • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bader flied out to left
            • M. Wieters: Wieters singled to left, Fowler to second
            • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Wacha reached on fielder's choice to third, Fowler out at third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Wacha Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to right
            • N. Lopez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lopez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Merrifield out at second
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter walked
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Goldschmidt flied out to right
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch, Carpenter to second
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, DeJong out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)