Gant, Ozuna spark St. Louis to victory over Cleveland

ST. LOUIS (AP) Spot starter John Gant earned himself another turn in the rotation.

Gant pitched one-hit ball over a career-high seven innings, Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday night.

''I would think so,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said about Gant getting another start. ''He didn't do anything to take that away from him.''

It was the third consecutive win for the Cardinals and the 10,000th regular season victory for the franchise. St. Louis joined the Braves, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers among NL teams to reach the milestone. It was the Cardinals' fifth win by shutout this season.

Cleveland had won seven straight. Mike Clevinger (6-3) allowed two runs over five innings, and the Indians had just four hits.

Gant (2-2) started in place of Michael Wacha, who went on the disabled list last week with an oblique strain.

''With Wacha gone, I've got big shoes to fill,'' Gant said. ''I'm going to keep doing my best to fill them. I'm going to keep doing all I can for this team.''

Gant allowed only an infield single to Yan Gomes that hit third base in the third inning. He walked a career-high five and struck out four. It was his first win in three starts this season.

''We've seen him be so good, but we threw him in there against one of the hottest offenses in baseball,'' Matheny said. ''Wow. It was some kind of good.''

Gant used his assortment of pitches to thwart Cleveland.

''I thought he used the breaking ball well early,'' Matheny said. ''He spotted the fastball. His changeup was exceptional late in the game. It's such a valuable weapon. I just felt like he had them going back and forth and up and down.''

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said he was impressed with Gant.

''He kept us off balance. He threw the breaking ball that was kind of in and out of the zone and got us to chase,'' Francona said. ''I just thought he really pitched. Didn't overwhelm you with stuff but (we're) lucky the third base bag got in the way of Gomes (infield hit) or we wouldn't have had anything. That was about it.''

St. Louis closer Bud Norris relieved Austin Gomber with two on and no outs in the ninth. He got a strikeout and a double play to record his 15th save.

Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks put two runners on in the eighth with two outs but got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out.

It was the second shortest outing of the season for Clevinger, who allowed six hits and walked two. Clevinger had pitched at least six innings in five straight starts before facing St. Louis.

Francona said Clevinger began to cramp up in the fourth inning, and the team pushed him for one more before calling it a day.

''He had a high pitch count,'' Francona said, ''and man, we just didn't want to do something we couldn't undo, so we figured that was enough.''

St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the third. Matt Carpenter singled for one of his three hits, and Greg Garcia walked. With one out, Ozuna hit a one-out double to score both runners.

Kolten Wong added an RBI double in the sixth, and Harrison Bader singled in a run in the eighth. It was Wong's first extra-base hit with runners in scoring position this season.

This was Cleveland's first visit to St. Louis since 2012, and the Indians fell to 15-9 all-time against the Cardinals.

RAIN DELAY

First pitch was pushed back due to a thunderstorm in the area. The game began after a 1-hour, 21-minute delay.

TRAINING ROOM

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (right elbow contusion) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. He got hurt when Minnesota's Joe Mauer hit a line drive that struck Carrasco on the right elbow on June 16 in Cleveland. The plan is to throw 40 pitches off the mound Wednesday and then perhaps make a minor league rehab appearance as early as Saturday.

Cardinals: CF Tommy Pham did not start for the second consecutive game due to flu-like symptoms, but he came in a double-switch situation in the ninth inning. ... RHP Matt Bowman threw a fastball-only session in the bullpen before the game. He will receive an injection to stimulate blood flow to his fingers Tuesday, according to general manager Michael Girsch. ... Girsch said RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) should be able to begin playing catch next week.

UP NEXT

Indians: Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.10) will be making his second career start against the Cardinals. In the May 13, 2015 start, Kluber struck out a career-high 18 batters, matching the Indians franchise record for a nine-inning game.

Cardinals: Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24) has dropped his last three decisions and allowed a season-high eight hits and seven runs in his last outing at Milwaukee. The Cardinals have lost his last five games, including all four since his return from the disabled list.

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  • W: J. Gant (2-2)L: M. Clevinger (6-3)S: B. Norris (15)
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a- R. Davis PH10100000.248.301.296.5971.0
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G. Garcia SS31000102.264.343.385.7272.0
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B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
H. Bader CF-RF40210011.258.321.384.7054.5
K. Wong 2B30110102.190.291.313.6044.0
J. Gant P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Gyorko 3B00000000.247.302.392.6950.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Carpenter (21), M. Ozuna (8), Y. Molina (7), K. Wong (5)
    • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (44), H. Bader (11), K. Wong (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (16), H. Bader (3), K. Wong (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - H. Bader (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Encarnacion-Lindor; Lindor-Kipnis-Encarnacion)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Carpenter-Wong-Martinez; Garcia)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Clevinger (L, 6-3)5.06222403.031.182.0
    Z. McAllister2.03110105.631.312.5
    G. Kontos1.02110004.761.410.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Clevinger (L, 6-3)5.0
    Z. McAllister2.0
    G. Kontos1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gant (W, 2-2)7.01005403.481.1327.0
    J. Hicks (H, 10)1.01001102.011.121.5
    A. Gomber0.02000004.221.41-2.0
    B. Norris (S, 15)1.00000103.210.9810.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gant (W, 2-2)7.0
    J. Hicks (H, 10)1.0
    A. Gomber0.0
    B. Norris (S, 15)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - Z. McAllister (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-60, Z. McAllister 26-18, G. Kontos 21-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-5, Z. McAllister 3-1, G. Kontos 3-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 22, Z. McAllister 8, G. Kontos 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 97-56, J. Hicks 20-11, A. Gomber 5-4, B. Norris 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 9-7, J. Hicks 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Gant 26, J. Hicks 5, A. Gomber 2, B. Norris 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Brantley LF20000210.313.362.507.8691.5
    J. Ramirez 3B30100101.296.403.6131.0162.0
    E. Encarnacion 1B30000103.235.311.477.7881.0
    L. Chisenhall RF30000001.299.390.388.7780.0
    a- R. Davis PH10100000.248.301.296.5971.0
    J. Kipnis 2B30100101.214.294.344.6392.0
    Y. Gomes C30100113.254.321.457.7781.5
    T. Naquin CF40000015.287.311.386.697-0.5
    M. Clevinger P20000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
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    • a-singled for Chisenhall in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for McAllister in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Carpenter 3B-1B41300000.245.352.475.8275.0
    G. Garcia SS31000102.264.343.385.7272.0
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    Y. Molina C41100013.270.314.494.8092.5
    D. Fowler RF41100011.171.278.280.5571.5
    B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    H. Bader CF-RF40210011.258.321.384.7054.5
    K. Wong 2B30110102.190.291.313.6044.0
    J. Gant P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Gyorko 3B00000000.247.302.392.6950.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter (21), M. Ozuna (8), Y. Molina (7), K. Wong (5)
      • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (44), H. Bader (11), K. Wong (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (16), H. Bader (3), K. Wong (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Bader (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Encarnacion-Lindor; Lindor-Kipnis-Encarnacion)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Carpenter-Wong-Martinez; Garcia)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Clevinger (L, 6-3)5.06222403.031.182.0
      Z. McAllister2.03110105.631.312.5
      G. Kontos1.02110004.761.410.0
      Total8.01144250---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Clevinger (L, 6-3)5.0
      Z. McAllister2.0
      G. Kontos1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gant (W, 2-2)7.01005403.481.1327.0
      J. Hicks (H, 10)1.01001102.011.121.5
      A. Gomber0.02000004.221.41-2.0
      B. Norris (S, 15)1.00000103.210.9810.5
      Total9.0400660---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gant (W, 2-2)7.0
      J. Hicks (H, 10)1.0
      A. Gomber0.0
      B. Norris (S, 15)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - Z. McAllister (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Clevinger 98-60, Z. McAllister 26-18, G. Kontos 21-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Clevinger 5-5, Z. McAllister 3-1, G. Kontos 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Clevinger 22, Z. McAllister 8, G. Kontos 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gant 97-56, J. Hicks 20-11, A. Gomber 5-4, B. Norris 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gant 9-7, J. Hicks 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Gant 26, J. Hicks 5, A. Gomber 2, B. Norris 2
      • 8TH INNING
        Bader reached on an infield single to second, Molina scored04
      • 6TH INNING
        Wong doubled to left, Fowler scored03
      • 3RD INNING
        Ozuna doubled to deep center, Carpenter and Garcia scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Austin Gomber relieved Jordan Hicks
        • Rajai Davis hit for Lonnie Chisenhall
        • R. Davis: Strike looking, Davis singled to left
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis singled to center, Davis to second
        • Bud Norris pitching
        • Tommy Pham in center field
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
        • T. Naquin: Naquin lined into double play shortstop, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brandon Guyer hit for Zach McAllister
        • Jordan Hicks pitching
        • Jedd Gyorko at third base
        • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guyer grounded out to third
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ramirez singled to center, Brantley to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • George Kontos pitching
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to third
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina doubled to deep left
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to first, Molina to third
        • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bader reached on an infield single to second, Molina scored
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Bader stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kipnis walked
        • Y. Gomes: Gomes grounded into double play third to second to first, Kipnis out at second
        • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Naquin lined out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Z. McAllister Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carpenter singled to right
        • G. Garcia: Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Carpenter out at second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion popped out to second
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall lined out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Zach McAllister relieved Mike Clevinger
        • Y. Molina: Molina fouled out to catcher
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler singled to left
        • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler to second on wild pitch, Foul tip, Bader struck out on foul tip
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike swinging, Wong doubled to left, Fowler scored
        • J. Gant: Ball, Gant grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • M. Clevinger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Clevinger struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to deep right
        • G. Garcia: Garcia flied out to left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez singled to right
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ozuna struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chisenhall fouled out to catcher
        • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to second, Encarnacion out at second
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Gomes walked, Kipnis to second
        • T. Naquin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bader fouled out to third
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
        • J. Gant: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gant grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Wong out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • M. Clevinger: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Clevinger struck out swinging
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lindor popped out to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
        • J. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • J. Gant: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gant grounded out to second
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter singled to center
        • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked, Carpenter to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna doubled to deep center, Carpenter and Garcia scored
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • L. Chisenhall: Ball, Chisenhall flied out to right
        • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gomes reached on an infield single to third
        • T. Naquin: Naquin grounded into fielder's choice to second, Gomes out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • H. Bader: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bader singled to left
        • K. Wong: Wong grounded into double play shortstop to first, Bader out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Gant Pitching:
        • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to first
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
        • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
        • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Encarnacion lined out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Clevinger Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carpenter doubled to deep center
        • G. Garcia: Garcia reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Carpenter out at third
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ozuna singled to center, Garcia to third
        • Y. Molina: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Molina struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)