Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Flaherty got an extra day of rest and a chance to pitch against Milwaukee, and took advantage of both.

Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.

''As the season goes on, whether you are facing a team for the first time or for the third time, there's adjustments made on both sides,'' Flaherty said.

''Whoever I'm out there I'm pitching against, I'm pitching against.''

The Cardinals won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game of the Brewers for the National League's second wild-card spot.

Milwaukee has dropped three of four.

Flaherty (7-6) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out seven. The Brewers had only two runners reach second base against the rookie, who has allowed two earned runs in his past 19 innings pitched.

Friday marked his third start against Milwaukee this year and fourth in his young career. In 18 innings this season, he's allowed two earned runs in 18 innings and struck out 29.

''He pitched well,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''He did a nice job.''

Bud Norris earned his 24th save in 28 opportunities.

Freddy Peralta (5-4) went six innings, giving up three earned runs. He allowed three hits, walked three, and struck out five. It was his third loss in his last four decisions.

Wong made a nifty play to start the eighth by charging a hopper that bounded over pitcher Jordan Hick's head. Wong snagged the ball in his glove and made a hard sidearm throw to get Keon Broxton at first. That turned out to be important because the Brewers scored twice that inning and cut the lead to 3-2.

''I always take pride in my defense and when I can make great plays like that for the pitcher, that's always huge,'' Wong said. ''To come up clutch was a big day for me.''

He capped his night with a two-run double in the eighth to pad the Cardinals' lead to 5-2.

Jedd Gyorko hit his 10th home run of the season to open the fourth. The shot to left field gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

St. Louis took an early lead after Ozuna followed Yadier Molina's single and a double from Jose Martinez with a hard grounder up the middle.

The Brewers threatened a comeback in the eighth. They loaded the bases against Hicks, and Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run single to pull the score to 3-2 with one out. But Travis Shaw fouled out to left field and Jonathan Schoop's flair to shallow center field was caught by shortstop Paul DeJong.

ON BOARD

Cardinals 1B Matt Carpenter was issued an intentional walk in the seventh and has reached base in 35 consecutive games. It's the longest such streak in the majors.

TRAINING ROOM

Brewers: OF Eric Thames was removed from the game before the bottom of the third inning with a sore right knee. The right fielder collided with center fielder Lorenzo Cain while making a catch in the bottom of the first. Manager Craig Counsell said after the game that Thames is day-to-day. ... C Manny Pina was held out of Friday's game as a precaution following a collision with the Cubs' Javier Baez on Wednesday. Counsell said Pina should be available for the remainder of the weekend series, but wanted to provide another day of rest for his left shoulder that was hurt when he dove back into second against the Cubs.

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) continues his rehab assignment and was available to work out of the Double-A Springfield bullpen on Friday. The Cardinals announced earlier in the week that Martinez, typically a starter, would serve as a reliever when he returns to St. Louis. The Cardinals hope to have him back next week . IF Yairo Munoz (right wrist sprain) begins his rehabilitation assignment in Springfield on Saturday. ... RHP Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) is headed to Palm Beach, Florida to begin a rehab assignment. He went on the DL on June 21.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Wade Miley (2-1, 2.23) looks for his first win since he went seven innings July 21 in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was his longest outing of the season.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (12-3, 2.85) has won five consecutive games. He went seven innings in each of his last three starts and the Cardinals have lost just one of the past eight games in which he started.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (7-6)L: F. Peralta (5-4)S: B. Norris (24)
  • HR: STL - J. Gyorko (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Yelich LF51200011.310.373.515.8883.5
L. Cain CF31100111.302.392.422.8144.5
M. Moustakas 3B10000301.257.320.468.7883.0
J. Aguilar 1B30120113.280.367.583.9503.5
T. Shaw 2B40000015.246.338.472.811-0.5
J. Schoop SS40100012.234.263.418.6810.5
E. Thames RF10000010.229.307.514.821-0.5
H. Perez RF20000001.265.299.420.7190.0
J. Lyles P0000-000.000.125.000.000-
T. Williams P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
a- R. Braun PH10000010.253.301.461.763-0.5
E. Kratz C40100010.250.289.383.6720.5
F. Peralta P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Broxton RF20100000.193.324.368.6921.0
  • a-struck out for Williams in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B30000112.272.389.581.9700.5
Y. Molina C31000104.282.330.460.7902.0
J. Martinez RF41200000.308.370.469.8394.0
T. O'Neill PR-RF01000000.310.344.500.8443.0
M. Ozuna LF40120001.270.312.396.7083.0
P. DeJong SS31000021.239.319.436.7551.0
J. Gyorko 3B31111111.254.338.416.7536.5
K. Wong 2B30120100.238.323.388.7115.0
H. Bader CF30100112.286.356.448.8042.5
J. Flaherty P20000012.147.171.147.318-0.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10000001.228.309.331.6400.0
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Wisdom PH10000012.429.500.429.929-0.5
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-fouled out for Hudson in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Hicks in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (26)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar 2 (89)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich, T. Shaw 3 (3), J. Schoop 2 (2), F. Peralta
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez (22), K. Wong (15), H. Bader (12)
  • HR - J. Gyorko (10)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (66), J. Gyorko (40), K. Wong 2 (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Molina 4 (4), J. Gyorko, P. Wisdom 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (22)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. O'Neill (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Carpenter; Wong-DeJong-Carpenter)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Peralta (L, 5-4)6.03333514.481.179.5
J. Lyles1.23222104.661.31-3.5
T. Williams0.10000104.031.390.5
PITCHERSIP
F. Peralta (L, 5-4)6.0
J. Lyles1.2
T. Williams0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 7-6)6.03003703.051.0825.5
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.01000000.790.792.0
J. Hicks (H, 18)1.02222003.181.19-3.0
B. Norris (S, 24)1.01000103.081.079.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 7-6)6.0
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 18)1.0
B. Norris (S, 24)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Lyles
  • HBP - J. Lyles (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 96-57, J. Lyles 42-25, T. Williams 6-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Peralta 6-7, J. Lyles 2-2
  • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 24, J. Lyles 11, T. Williams
  • Balks - F. Peralta
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 95-59, D. Hudson 11-8, J. Hicks 27-17, B. Norris 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 7-3, D. Hudson 2-0, J. Hicks 1-2, B. Norris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, D. Hudson 3, J. Hicks 7, B. Norris 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Yelich LF51200011.310.373.515.8883.5
L. Cain CF31100111.302.392.422.8144.5
M. Moustakas 3B10000301.257.320.468.7883.0
J. Aguilar 1B30120113.280.367.583.9503.5
T. Shaw 2B40000015.246.338.472.811-0.5
J. Schoop SS40100012.234.263.418.6810.5
E. Thames RF10000010.229.307.514.821-0.5
H. Perez RF20000001.265.299.420.7190.0
J. Lyles P0000-000.000.125.000.000-
T. Williams P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
a- R. Braun PH10000010.253.301.461.763-0.5
E. Kratz C40100010.250.289.383.6720.5
F. Peralta P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Broxton RF20100000.193.324.368.6921.0
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  • a-struck out for Williams in the 9th
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M. Carpenter 1B30000112.272.389.581.9700.5
Y. Molina C31000104.282.330.460.7902.0
J. Martinez RF41200000.308.370.469.8394.0
T. O'Neill PR-RF01000000.310.344.500.8443.0
M. Ozuna LF40120001.270.312.396.7083.0
P. DeJong SS31000021.239.319.436.7551.0
J. Gyorko 3B31111111.254.338.416.7536.5
K. Wong 2B30120100.238.323.388.7115.0
H. Bader CF30100112.286.356.448.8042.5
J. Flaherty P20000012.147.171.147.318-0.5
D. Hudson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- G. Garcia PH10000001.228.309.331.6400.0
J. Hicks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- P. Wisdom PH10000012.429.500.429.929-0.5
B. Norris P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-fouled out for Hudson in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Hicks in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Yelich (26)
  • RBI - J. Aguilar 2 (89)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich, T. Shaw 3 (3), J. Schoop 2 (2), F. Peralta
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Martinez (22), K. Wong (15), H. Bader (12)
  • HR - J. Gyorko (10)
  • RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (66), J. Gyorko (40), K. Wong 2 (31)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Molina 4 (4), J. Gyorko, P. Wisdom 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (22)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. O'Neill (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Carpenter; Wong-DeJong-Carpenter)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Peralta (L, 5-4)6.03333514.481.179.5
J. Lyles1.23222104.661.31-3.5
T. Williams0.10000104.031.390.5
Total8.0655571---
PITCHERSIP
F. Peralta (L, 5-4)6.0
J. Lyles1.2
T. Williams0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 7-6)6.03003703.051.0825.5
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.01000000.790.792.0
J. Hicks (H, 18)1.02222003.181.19-3.0
B. Norris (S, 24)1.01000103.081.079.5
Total9.0722580---
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 7-6)6.0
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.0
J. Hicks (H, 18)1.0
B. Norris (S, 24)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - J. Lyles
  • HBP - J. Lyles (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 96-57, J. Lyles 42-25, T. Williams 6-3
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Peralta 6-7, J. Lyles 2-2
  • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 24, J. Lyles 11, T. Williams
  • Balks - F. Peralta
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 95-59, D. Hudson 11-8, J. Hicks 27-17, B. Norris 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 7-3, D. Hudson 2-0, J. Hicks 1-2, B. Norris 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, D. Hudson 3, J. Hicks 7, B. Norris 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Wong doubled to deep left, O'Neill and DeJong scored, Gyorko to third25
    Aguilar singled to left, Yelich and Cain scored, Moustakas to second23
  • 4TH INNING
    Gyorko homered to left03
  • 1ST INNING
    Ozuna singled to center, Molina and Martinez scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Bud Norris pitching
    • Ryan Braun hit for Taylor Williams
    • R. Braun: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Strike looking, Kratz flied out to right
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Broxton singled to deep right
    • C. Yelich: Strike swinging, Broxton to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jordan Hicks pitching
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Broxton grounded out to second
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Yelich singled to center
    • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Cain walked, Yelich to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Yelich to third, Cain to second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Aguilar singled to left, Yelich and Cain scored, Moustakas to second
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Shaw fouled out to left
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to center
    • Tyler O'Neill ran for Jose Martinez
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ozuna flied out to right
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, O'Neill stole second, Ball, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked, O'Neill to third, DeJong to second
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Ball, Wong doubled to deep left, O'Neill and DeJong scored, Gyorko to third
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
    • Taylor Williams relieved Jordan Lyles
    • Patrick Wisdom hit for Jordan Hicks
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Dakota Hudson relieved Jack Flaherty
    • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to shallow right
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Perez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Schoop out at second
    • E. Kratz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kratz grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Keon Broxton in right field
    • Jordan Lyles pitching
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bader doubled to deep left
    • Greg Garcia hit for Dakota Hudson
    • G. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Foul, Garcia fouled out to third
    • M. Carpenter: Carpenter intentionally walked
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar struck out looking
    • T. Shaw: Shaw flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ozuna grounded out to second
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • E. Kratz: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Kratz struck out on foul tip
    • F. Peralta: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Peralta grounded out to first
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Molina popped out to first
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Shaw grounded out to second
    • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
    • H. Perez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Perez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Gyorko: Gyorko homered to left
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Wong grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bader grounded out to first
    • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Flaherty struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Yelich doubled to deep right center
    • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cain grounded out to second, Yelich to third
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Aguilar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moustakas out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Hernan Perez in right field
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna flied out to right
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, DeJong grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schoop grounded out to third
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • E. Kratz: Foul, Kratz singled to left
    • F. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta grounded into fielder's choice to second, Kratz out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong walked
    • H. Bader: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Wong to second on balk, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bader walked
    • J. Flaherty: Flaherty reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Wong out at third, Bader to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep center, Bader to third
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Molina lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Yelich grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain singled to right
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to right
    • J. Aguilar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cain stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Shaw struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Carpenter flied out to deep right
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Molina walked
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez doubled to deep right, Molina to third
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna singled to center, Molina and Martinez scored
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Gyorko flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)