Flaherty, streaking Cardinals top Royals 8-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jack Flaherty got a lift from St. Louis' lineup, and the rookie right-hander made the most of it.

Flaherty struck out nine in seven innings, and the Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

Harrison Bader and Jose Martinez each hit a two-run homer, helping the Cardinals move seven games above .500 for the first time since June 12. They are 15-9 since Mike Shildt was named interim manager on July 15.

''It's a lot easier when the offense goes out and gets you four runs, gets you ahead like that,'' Flaherty said. ''And then, you give up two and they get two right back. You look up and you've got a four-run lead again. Offense did their thing tonight.''

Bader drove a full-count pitch over the wall in left with Jedd Gyorko aboard in the sixth. Danny Duffy (7-11) came close to striking out Bader earlier in the bat, but first base umpire Adam Hamari ruled Bader did not go around on a check swing.

When manager Ned Yost came out to remove Duffy after the homer, the pitcher headed for Hamari instead of the dugout. Pitching coach Cal Eldred had to restrain Duffy, who was ejected by Hamari.

''He missed that call,'' Duffy said. ''It was so blatant that he went. I was upset with the missed call and I let it out. I didn't think it was enough to walk toward me, to instigate it, which he did, baited me for sure. It's not what lost us the game. It certainly isn't. I didn't pitch a good game.''

Bader had a different view, saying ''a hundred percent'' he checked his swing.

''He made the right call,'' Bader said.

Bader said he was ''just reacting'' on his homer.

''Loading up early to make sure that I could hit everything, because he has a big arsenal,'' Bader said. ''With two strikes he expands a lot, so I was just loading up early and he left something up and I just put a good swing on it.''

Duffy indicated his arm is not feeling the best.

''I looked up when I was rarin' back for a normal 95-96 (mph fastball) and I saw 87 up there,'' Duffy said. ''I don't think it's a mystery that I don't feel great, but I'm not going to run from it. I'm used to throwing in the mid-90s and I'm not. I'm not a doctor. I can't diagnose what's going on, but whatever it is we'll get through it and I'll be fine.''

Flaherty (6-6) was charged with two runs and three hits. Martinez connected in the ninth and drove in three runs.

The Cardinals (62-55) scored four runs after Duffy retired the first two batters in the third.

Yadier Molina sparked the rally by finishing a 10-pitch at-bat with a double. Molina advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Martinez's infield single.

Marcell Ozuna tripled home Martinez and scored on Paul DeJong's double. Jedd Gyorko's RBI single, St. Louis' fifth straight hit, made it 4-0.

''Danny was really rolling the first two innings,'' Yost said. ''Until the Yadier at-bat, he was doing a great job of managing his pitch count. Yadier started that long inning for him.''

Alcides Escobar hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Kansas City. Escobar, who reached three times, also scored in the eighth on Dakota Hudson's wild pitch.

Jordan Hicks got four outs for his third save in seven chances.

The Royals (35-81) picked up their 81st loss at the earliest point in franchise history. The 2005 Royals were 38-81 on Aug. 17 on their way to a team record 106 losses.

ERROR-FREE

The Royals have not committed an error in 11 straight games, tying the club record.

MOLINA TIES RED

Molina's third-inning double was his 352nd, tying Red Schoendienst for seventh-most in Cardinals history.

CARDS ADD WISDOM

The Cardinals purchased the contract of infielder Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A Memphis, where he was hitting .289 with a .363 on-base percentage and 14 homers. Wisdom's 31 home runs last year ranked fifth in the minors, but he wasn't added to St. Louis' 40-man roster and wasn't selected in the Rule 5 draft.

''Disappointed, I wouldn't use to describe my feelings,'' Wisdom said. ''I would just say frustrated. I was like `OK, obviously I need to get better.' I didn't pout or anything. I took it head on and kept working. Things worked out.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: OF Yairo Munoz (sprained right wrist) was placed on the 10-day DL. He aggravated the injury on a swing Friday. He will see a hand specialist Monday. ... RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) was transferred to the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver is 6-10 with a 4.66 ERA in 23 starts heading into Sunday's series finale.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis is winless in his last seven home starts.

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STL62-55
0040020028111
KC35-81
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  • W: J. Flaherty (6-6)L: D. Duffy (7-11)S: J. Hicks (3)
  • HR: STL - J. Martinez (14), H. Bader (8), KC - A. Escobar (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B40000110.278.389.595.9830.5
Y. Molina C52200001.290.335.481.8175.0
J. Martinez DH42231110.300.366.467.83310.5
M. Ozuna LF51210002.270.314.394.7096.0
P. DeJong SS41110011.243.320.431.7513.5
J. Gyorko 3B41210001.252.331.401.7324.0
H. Bader CF31221101.278.342.427.7709.0
K. Wong 2B40000003.223.308.361.6690.0
A. Garcia RF40000010.100.100.100.200-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B30000113.295.364.418.7830.5
    A. Gordon LF20000201.247.325.350.6752.0
    S. Perez C30000122.229.271.420.6920.0
    L. Duda DH40100022.239.308.398.7060.0
    R. Herrera RF40000012.245.286.337.623-0.5
    B. Phillips CF40000021.217.277.367.644-1.0
    R. O'Hearn 1B41100011.130.259.261.5201.5
    A. Escobar 3B22221100.206.259.285.54310.0
    A. Mondesi SS30100011.260.272.423.6950.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Molina (17), P. DeJong (15)
      • 3B - M. Ozuna (2)
      • HR - J. Martinez (14), H. Bader (8)
      • RBI - J. Martinez 3 (68), M. Ozuna (61), P. DeJong (33), J. Gyorko (38), H. Bader 2 (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 3 (35), M. Ozuna (24), P. DeJong (14), J. Gyorko (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Bader, K. Wong 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Escobar (4)
      • RBI - A. Escobar 2 (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, L. Duda, R. Herrera, R. O'Hearn
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Carpenter; DeJong-Wong-Carpenter; Gyorko-Wong-Carpenter)
      • E - M. Carpenter (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.03223913.221.0827.5
      D. Hudson0.21112000.960.64-4.0
      J. Hicks (S, 3)1.11000103.031.169.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.0
      D. Hudson0.2
      J. Hicks (S, 3)1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 7-11)5.18661214.901.49-4.0
      K. McCarthy0.20000103.671.240.5
      B. Flynn3.03222114.221.642.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 7-11)5.1
      K. McCarthy0.2
      B. Flynn3.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Hudson
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 106-71, D. Hudson 17-9, J. Hicks 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-6, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Hicks 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 25, D. Hudson 4, J. Hicks 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Duffy (14)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 100-63, K. McCarthy 10-7, B. Flynn 48-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 7-7, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Flynn 7-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 25, K. McCarthy 2, B. Flynn 13
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      STL62-55
      0040020028111
      KC35-81
      000020010350
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Carpenter 1B40000110.278.389.595.9830.5
      Y. Molina C52200001.290.335.481.8175.0
      J. Martinez DH42231110.300.366.467.83310.5
      M. Ozuna LF51210002.270.314.394.7096.0
      P. DeJong SS41110011.243.320.431.7513.5
      J. Gyorko 3B41210001.252.331.401.7324.0
      H. Bader CF31221101.278.342.427.7709.0
      K. Wong 2B40000003.223.308.361.6690.0
      A. Garcia RF40000010.100.100.100.200-0.5
      Total3781182349-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B30000113.295.364.418.7830.5
        A. Gordon LF20000201.247.325.350.6752.0
        S. Perez C30000122.229.271.420.6920.0
        L. Duda DH40100022.239.308.398.7060.0
        R. Herrera RF40000012.245.286.337.623-0.5
        B. Phillips CF40000021.217.277.367.644-1.0
        R. O'Hearn 1B41100011.130.259.261.5201.5
        A. Escobar 3B22221100.206.259.285.54310.0
        A. Mondesi SS30100011.260.272.423.6950.5
        Total29352151013-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Molina (17), P. DeJong (15)
          • 3B - M. Ozuna (2)
          • HR - J. Martinez (14), H. Bader (8)
          • RBI - J. Martinez 3 (68), M. Ozuna (61), P. DeJong (33), J. Gyorko (38), H. Bader 2 (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 3 (35), M. Ozuna (24), P. DeJong (14), J. Gyorko (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Bader, K. Wong 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Escobar (4)
          • RBI - A. Escobar 2 (24)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, L. Duda, R. Herrera, R. O'Hearn
          FIELDING
          • DP - 3 (Carpenter; DeJong-Wong-Carpenter; Gyorko-Wong-Carpenter)
          • E - M. Carpenter (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.03223913.221.0827.5
          D. Hudson0.21112000.960.64-4.0
          J. Hicks (S, 3)1.11000103.031.169.5
          Total9.05335101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.0
          D. Hudson0.2
          J. Hicks (S, 3)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (L, 7-11)5.18661214.901.49-4.0
          K. McCarthy0.20000103.671.240.5
          B. Flynn3.03222114.221.642.5
          Total9.01188342---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (L, 7-11)5.1
          K. McCarthy0.2
          B. Flynn3.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Hudson
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 106-71, D. Hudson 17-9, J. Hicks 17-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-6, D. Hudson 1-0, J. Hicks 3-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 25, D. Hudson 4, J. Hicks 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Duffy (14)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 100-63, K. McCarthy 10-7, B. Flynn 48-29
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 7-7, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Flynn 7-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 25, K. McCarthy 2, B. Flynn 13
          • 9TH INNING
            Martinez homered to left center, Molina scored83
          • 8TH INNING
            Escobar scored on wild pitch63
          • 6TH INNING
            Bader homered to left, Gyorko scored62
          • 5TH INNING
            Escobar homered to left, O'Hearn scored42
          • 3RD INNING
            Gyorko singled to left, DeJong scored40
            DeJong doubled to deep left, Ozuna scored30
            Ozuna tripled to left center, Martinez scored20
            Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Molina scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garcia grounded out to third
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Strike swinging, Molina singled to left
            • J. Martinez: Martinez homered to left center, Molina scored
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hicks Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duda singled to right center
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to pitcher, Duda to second
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Phillips grounded out to first, Duda to third
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
            • J. Gyorko: Gyorko grounded out to pitcher
            • H. Bader: Ball, Bader singled to left
            • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Wong grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Dakota Hudson relieved Jack Flaherty
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked
            • A. Mondesi: Mondesi reached on an infield single to pitcher, Escobar to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield grounded into double play third to second to first, Escobar to third, Mondesi out at second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar scored on wild pitch
            • Jordan Hicks relieved Dakota Hudson
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter walked
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Molina reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter out at second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Molina to second
            • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded into double play third to second to first, Martinez out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Phillips popped out to shortstop
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul tip, O'Hearn struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong flied out to deep right
            • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Gyorko singled to left center
            • H. Bader: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bader homered to left, Gyorko scored
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Danny Duffy
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez lined out to shortstop
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to right
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Ozuna lined out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, O'Hearn singled to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar homered to left, O'Hearn scored
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Wong grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda popped out to shortstop
            • R. Herrera: Gordon to second on 1st baseman Carpenter fielding error, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter fouled out to third
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina doubled to left center
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Molina to third on wild pitch, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop, Molina scored
            • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna tripled to left center, Martinez scored
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeJong doubled to deep left, Ozuna scored
            • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Foul, Gyorko singled to left, DeJong scored
            • H. Bader: Ball, Bader grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Escobar singled to right
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to left
            • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong popped out to shortstop
            • J. Gyorko: Gyorko lined out to center
            • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bader walked, Ozuna to second
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Herrera lined out to center
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn popped out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Molina grounded out to third
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gordon lined into double play first, Merrifield out at first
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez walked
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)