Hudson solid, Cardinals crack Keller in 6-0 rout of Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Cardinals rookie Dakota Hudson kept quickly scraping through scoreless innings, even as his Royals counterpart was putting together a no-hit bid that was starting to set social media ablaze.

St. Louis eventually cracked Brad Keller in spectacular fashion.

Kansas City never did figure out Hudson.

The 24-year-old right-hander wound up throwing six innings of five-hit ball, and the Cardinals bullpen finished off a 6-0 victory Wednesday night for their second consecutive shutout of their cross-state rival and their eighth straight victory at Kauffman Stadium.

''This is a team with a lot of ability. It's a deep team with a ton of experience,'' said St. Louis manager Mike Shildt, whose team climbed back over the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central.

Hudson (11-6) allowed runners to reach every inning but the third, but he kept his poise and continued to get timely double-plays, groundballs and fly outs. Hudson struck out five and walked two as the Cardinals won for the 13th time in his last 16 starts.

''He controlled a lot of counts,'' Shildt said. ''He was very, very effective.''

So was Keller (7-13), who issued three walks and was victimized by an early error but didn't allow a hit until Marcell Ozuna's sharp single leading off the seventh. It began a run of five consecutive base hits that not only knocked Keller from the game but ultimately resulted in a five-run frame.

''We kept our confidence,'' said Paul DeJong, who later homered off the Royals bullpen to become the first shortstop in Cardinals history with two 20-plus homer seasons. ''It was now-or-never for us.''

Keller never thought he was pitching particularly well.

''I was grinding to throw strikes. I wasn't putting the ball where I wanted to,'' he said. ''I felt like my breaking ball hit the grass every time I threw it. I just let my nature take over.''

The Royals, who were blanked 2-0 on Tuesday night, never got a runner past second base. Cheslor Cuthbert grounded out to strand two in the first, Nicky Lopez stranded runners in the second and fifth, and Bubba Starling grounded out to leave Ryan O'Hearn standing on second base in the fourth.

The Cardinals were following a similar roadmap until Ozuna's single in the seventh.

DeJong and Matt Carpenter followed with hits to send Keller to the showers, and Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong followed with singles of their own. By the time Randy Arozarena singled for his first major league hit and Dexter Fowler hit a sacrifice fly, the Cardinals had taken a 5-0 lead.

DeJong added his mammoth homer in the eighth inning to put an exclamation mark on the win.

''I had 19 last year,'' DeJong said. ''I'd rather have had like, 16, but it's pretty amazing.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Hudson has the most wins by a Cardinals rookie since Shelby Miller had 15 in 2013. The last time a rookie led the Cardinals in wins was Matt Morris (12) in 1997. ... St. Louis has seven shutouts this season. ... Kansas City is winless in its last six series. ... The Royals have not beaten the Cardinals at home since June 26, 2016. That was the last year they won the season series.

FIRST HIT

Arozarena's first major league hit came in strange fashion during the Cardinals' big inning. He cracked a liner that hit Molina as he was attempting to run from second to third, but the umpire ruled that the ball passed Lopez at shortstop and that resulted in a hit.

LOTS OF SQUATING

Molina passed Tony Pena for the seventh-most innings caught in major league history when the nine-time All-Star recorded the first out of the fourth inning. Molina has now caught 15,979 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals outfielder Tyler O'Neill (left wrist strain) could return this weekend, Shildt said, after going on the injured list Aug. 1. ''I don't want to guarantee it,'' he added. ''It's a combination of pain tolerance and grip, getting the pain tolerance and inflammation down.''

Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (left hamstring strain) threw a bullpen session Tuesday with another scheduled for Friday. ''He'll do a four-inning sim game on Tuesday and evaluate after that,'' manager Ned Yost said. Duffy has been on the shelf since Aug. 4.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals send Michael Wacha (6-5, 5.54 ERA) to the mound in the opener of a four-game series in Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Royals get the day off before Mike Montgomery starts against the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.

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  • W: D. Hudson (11-6)L: B. Keller (7-13)
  • HR: STL - P. DeJong (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler RF20010211.245.342.418.7602.5
T. Edman 3B50010015.258.284.411.6950.5
P. Goldschmidt 1B40000022.258.335.464.798-1.0
M. Ozuna LF41100000.255.333.506.8392.0
P. DeJong SS42211001.250.328.454.7828.0
M. Carpenter DH41110010.219.323.369.6912.5
Y. Molina C41110000.257.282.361.6423.0
K. Wong 2B31100120.271.354.395.7492.0
R. Arozarena CF40210011.500.500.5001.0002.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40100000.305.359.487.8461.0
    A. Gordon LF40000001.260.333.409.7430.0
    H. Dozier RF40100020.284.363.557.9200.0
    J. Soler DH20000210.259.349.552.9011.5
    C. Cuthbert 3B40000013.269.309.412.721-0.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B30200010.175.267.311.5792.5
    B. Starling CF30000002.213.253.309.5610.0
    M. Viloria C30100010.231.286.346.6321.5
    N. Lopez SS30000001.221.262.288.5500.0
      BATTING
      • HR - P. DeJong (20)
      • SF - D. Fowler (3)
      • RBI - D. Fowler (40), T. Edman (17), P. DeJong (54), M. Carpenter (32), Y. Molina (37), R. Arozarena
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Edman 3 (3), P. Goldschmidt 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. O'Hearn (8), M. Viloria (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, C. Cuthbert 2 (2), B. Starling, N. Lopez
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Edman-Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      • E - R. O'Hearn (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Hudson (W, 11-6)6.05002403.821.5523.0
      T. Webb1.10000103.511.053.5
      J. Gant0.20000002.771.080.0
      J. Fernandez1.000001010.801.203.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Hudson (W, 11-6)6.0
      T. Webb1.1
      J. Gant0.2
      J. Fernandez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 7-13)6.03333504.101.359.5
      K. McCarthy1.03220104.661.60-1.5
      J. Staumont1.01110014.321.921.0
      I. Kennedy1.01000203.041.233.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 7-13)6.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      J. Staumont1.0
      I. Kennedy1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 91-52, T. Webb 18-12, J. Gant 9-4, J. Fernandez 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 9-3, T. Webb 2-1, J. Fernandez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 23, T. Webb 4, J. Gant 2, J. Fernandez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 107-64, K. McCarthy 19-13, J. Staumont 12-6, I. Kennedy 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-8, K. McCarthy 1-1, J. Staumont 1-2, I. Kennedy 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, K. McCarthy 6, J. Staumont 4, I. Kennedy 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fowler RF20010211.245.342.418.7602.5
      T. Edman 3B50010015.258.284.411.6950.5
      P. Goldschmidt 1B40000022.258.335.464.798-1.0
      M. Ozuna LF41100000.255.333.506.8392.0
      P. DeJong SS42211001.250.328.454.7828.0
      M. Carpenter DH41110010.219.323.369.6912.5
      Y. Molina C41110000.257.282.361.6423.0
      K. Wong 2B31100120.271.354.395.7492.0
      R. Arozarena CF40210011.500.500.5001.0002.5
      Total3468613810-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B40100000.305.359.487.8461.0
        A. Gordon LF40000001.260.333.409.7430.0
        H. Dozier RF40100020.284.363.557.9200.0
        J. Soler DH20000210.259.349.552.9011.5
        C. Cuthbert 3B40000013.269.309.412.721-0.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B30200010.175.267.311.5792.5
        B. Starling CF30000002.213.253.309.5610.0
        M. Viloria C30100010.231.286.346.6321.5
        N. Lopez SS30000001.221.262.288.5500.0
        Total300500267-----
          BATTING
          • HR - P. DeJong (20)
          • SF - D. Fowler (3)
          • RBI - D. Fowler (40), T. Edman (17), P. DeJong (54), M. Carpenter (32), Y. Molina (37), R. Arozarena
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Edman 3 (3), P. Goldschmidt 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. O'Hearn (8), M. Viloria (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon, C. Cuthbert 2 (2), B. Starling, N. Lopez
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Edman-Wong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lopez-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          • E - R. O'Hearn (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Hudson (W, 11-6)6.05002403.821.5523.0
          T. Webb1.10000103.511.053.5
          J. Gant0.20000002.771.080.0
          J. Fernandez1.000001010.801.203.5
          Total9.0500260---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Hudson (W, 11-6)6.0
          T. Webb1.1
          J. Gant0.2
          J. Fernandez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 7-13)6.03333504.101.359.5
          K. McCarthy1.03220104.661.60-1.5
          J. Staumont1.01110014.321.921.0
          I. Kennedy1.01000203.041.233.0
          Total9.0866381---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 7-13)6.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          J. Staumont1.0
          I. Kennedy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Hudson 91-52, T. Webb 18-12, J. Gant 9-4, J. Fernandez 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Hudson 9-3, T. Webb 2-1, J. Fernandez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Hudson 23, T. Webb 4, J. Gant 2, J. Fernandez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 107-64, K. McCarthy 19-13, J. Staumont 12-6, I. Kennedy 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-8, K. McCarthy 1-1, J. Staumont 1-2, I. Kennedy 1-0
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, K. McCarthy 6, J. Staumont 4, I. Kennedy 4
          • 8TH INNING
            DeJong homered to left center60
          • 7TH INNING
            Edman reached on fielder's choice to second, Wong scored, Arozarena out at second50
            Fowler hit sacrifice fly to center, Molina scored, Wong to third40
            Arozarena reached on an infield single to shortstop, Carpenter scored, Molina to third, Wong to second30
            Molina singled to left, DeJong scored, Carpenter to second20
            Carpenter singled to center, Ozuna scored, DeJong to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Josh Staumont
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
            • R. Arozarena: Arozarena singled to right
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
            • T. Edman: Foul, Edman reached on fielder's choice to second, Arozarena out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Junior Fernandez relieved John Gant
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Foul, Strike swinging, Soler grounded out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Josh Staumont relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna lined out to right
            • P. DeJong: DeJong homered to left center
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina lined out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Webb Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Foul, Lopez flied out to center
            • John Gant relieved Tyler Webb
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna singled to left
            • P. DeJong: DeJong singled to right, Ozuna to second
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to center, Ozuna scored, DeJong to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Keller
            • Y. Molina: Molina singled to left, DeJong scored, Carpenter to second
            • K. Wong: Foul, Wong reached on bunt single to pitcher, Carpenter to third, Molina to second
            • R. Arozarena: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Arozarena reached on an infield single to shortstop, Carpenter scored, Molina to third, Wong to second
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Fowler hit sacrifice fly to center, Molina scored, Wong to third
            • T. Edman: Edman reached on fielder's choice to second, Wong scored, Arozarena out at second
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Webb relieved Dakota Hudson
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • B. Starling: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Starling grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Viloria: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Viloria grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • R. Arozarena: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arozarena grounded out to third
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
            • T. Edman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Edman struck out looking
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Soler out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter lined out to center
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Molina flied out to center
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • M. Viloria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt lined out to right
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna flied out to deep left
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, DeJong flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert lined out to center
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn doubled to right center
            • B. Starling: Ball, Starling grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Molina popped out to second
            • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong walked
            • R. Arozarena: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arozarena struck out swinging
            • D. Fowler: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler walked, Wong to second
            • T. Edman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Edman grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield lined out to right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna safe at first on 1st baseman O'Hearn fielding error
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ozuna out at second
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn singled to right
            • B. Starling: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Starling grounded into double play third to second to first, O'Hearn out at second
            • M. Viloria: Ball, Ball, Viloria doubled to left center
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lopez fouled out to left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Fowler flied out to left
            • T. Edman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Edman grounded out to second
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goldschmidt lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Hudson Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
            • H. Dozier: Dozier reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Dozier to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)