Flaherty, Ozuna help Cards past Rockies, back into 1st place

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Flaherty stayed focused while pitching with a special purpose in mind.

The St. Louis starter, who helped the Cardinals beat Colorado 8-3 on Friday night, was one of seven players across the majors who wore ''Love you Ty'' in place of their names on the back of their jerseys.

Flaherty was honoring Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels pitcher who died earlier this summer. Skaggs and Flaherty grew up in California and became friends over the past couple of years.

The name switch was part of Major League Baseball's Players' Weekend when players could put nicknames on the back of their shirt, along with other uniform changes.

''It means a lot, it really does,'' Flaherty said. ''Being able to have his name across the back in some type of fashion is something that I really wanted to do. It was something that was awesome.''

Flaherty pitched six scoreless innings and Marcell Ozuna homered and drove in three runs against the Rockies.

The Cardinals moved back into first place in the NL Central, one-half game ahead of the Chicago Cubs, who lost to Washington earlier Friday. The Cardinals have won five of six and 11 of 14.

The Rockies lost for the fourth time in five games and fell to 18-37 since June 21.

Flaherty (8-6) allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked one. He has given up one earned run in his past 34 innings and has won four straight decisions. He hasn't lost since July 7, when he permitted just two hits at San Francisco but St. Louis fell 1-0.

He got plenty of run support this time, leaving with a 6-0 lead.

''It's one of those things where you get some runs and you want to think to yourself that the game's over,'' he said. ''But you've got to continue to just execute one pitch at a time and not worry about the big picture and just focus on making that next pitch.''

Peter Lambert (2-4) lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up six hits and two earned runs. He struggled locating his pitches and staying ahead in the count all night.

''That's the key to success for sure and obviously tonight I was very bad at that,'' Lambert said. ''Just going forward, I have to get ahead of batters.''

Ozuna's 24th homer of the season over the Colorado bullpen in left field gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the first. He also doubled in Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth and later scored on a single by Paul DeJong.

The homer came after one of several miscues by the Rockies. Kolten Wong reached on an error by second baseman Ryan McMahon and Ozuna's drive came one out later, accounting for two of the four unearned runs surrendered by Colorado.

''Our pitching staff could not absorb the errors,'' manager Bud Black said. ''That's what happened tonight.''

Lambert plunked Wong in the fourth with the bases loaded to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinals broke the game open in the fifth on a swinging bunt by Harrison Bader and a bad throw from reliever Wes Parsons, who fired the ball down the right field line. That allowed Yadier Molina and Tommy Edman to score and Bader to reach third. He scored on Flaherty's sacrifice fly to center as St. Louis went up 6-0.

The Rockies scored three times in the ninth off John Gant.

TAKING A WALK

Since returning to the Cardinals following a 16-game stint at Triple-A Memphis to work on his hitting, Bader is 2 for 9 but has drawn six walks, including one Friday.

DEFLECTION

Rockies star Nolan Arenado and Molina got hurt by the same Flaherty pitch. The throw first hit Arenado near his right wrist before ricocheting off Molina's mask. Both players required attention from their respective trainers but stayed in the game.

Molina finished with three singles, and Arenado reached base in all four of his plate appearances.

HALL OF FAME

The Cardinals on Saturday will induct three players into the team's Hall of Fame. This year's honorees are third baseman Scott Rolen (who played in St. Louis from 2002-07), right-hander Jason Isringhausen (2002-08) and right-hander Mort Cooper (1938-45). Each year, fans vote for two modern-era players and a panel selects a veteran player.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (fractured) had two screws inserted into his left foot Friday. ... RHP Scott Oberg had ''arterial repair'' in St. Louis, Manager Bud Black said. Oberg is out for the season because of a blood clot in his right arm.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O'Neill (left wrist strain) was scheduled to play Friday night for Triple-A Memphis in the second game of his rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-4, 5.87 ERA), who pitches Saturday, is looking for his first win since September 22, 2015, while with the Texas Rangers. He lost both decisions in 2016, missed the entire 2017 season after Tommy John surgery and didn't return to the majors until June 25. The Rockies have lost all six games in which he has appeared.

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (12-6, 3.63) goes for his third consecutive win. He was pulled after throwing 6 2/3 hitless innings against Milwaukee on Monday.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (8-6)L: P. Lambert (2-4)
  • HR: STL - M. Ozuna (24)
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C. Blackmon RF40000021.323.368.598.966-1.0
N. Arenado 3B21200100.304.365.563.9275.0
D. Murphy 1B31000104.286.335.465.8002.0
R. McMahon 2B41110003.269.347.462.8093.0
Y. Daza CF30100110.185.228.185.4131.5
D. Nunez C40000043.231.214.538.753-2.0
G. Hampson SS40010022.211.267.309.5760.0
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  • a-struck out for Davis in the 8th
  • b-flied out for McGee in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler RF40000102.248.347.428.7741.0
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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K. Wong 2B41010002.272.356.396.7523.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B51200004.259.333.467.8003.0
M. Ozuna LF32231103.265.343.520.86312.0
a- Y. Munoz PH-LF10100000.277.301.371.6721.0
P. DeJong SS40110113.247.326.458.7842.5
Y. Molina C51300002.258.290.356.6464.0
T. Edman 3B52200005.273.305.428.7335.0
H. Bader CF31100100.196.321.343.6653.0
J. Flaherty P10110000.154.190.231.4212.0
J. Brebbia P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Ozuna in the 8th
  • b-walked for Brebbia in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - R. McMahon (66), G. Hampson (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy, R. McMahon 3 (3), P. Lambert, Y. Alonso
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (19), T. Edman (9)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (24)
  • SF - J. Flaherty
  • SH - J. Flaherty (6)
  • RBI - K. Wong (48), M. Ozuna 3 (72), P. DeJong (60), J. Flaherty (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Wong 2 (2), M. Ozuna 3 (3), Y. Molina, T. Edman 5 (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arenado-McMahon-Murphy)
  • E - R. McMahon (10), W. Parsons
FIELDING
  • PB - Y. Molina (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lambert (L, 2-4)4.16424016.401.61-5.0
W. Parsons1.25420004.241.71-4.0
W. Davis1.00001007.231.792.0
J. McGee1.02000103.711.351.5
PITCHERSIP
P. Lambert (L, 2-4)4.1
W. Parsons1.2
W. Davis1.0
J. McGee1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)6.03001903.321.0928.5
J. Brebbia1.00000103.031.063.5
T. Webb1.00000103.271.003.5
J. Gant1.02322103.091.15-2.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)6.0
J. Brebbia1.0
T. Webb1.0
J. Gant1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Parsons
  • HBP - P. Lambert (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 77-40, W. Parsons 32-23, W. Davis 24-12, J. McGee 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 8-5, W. Parsons 3-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 24, W. Parsons 10, W. Davis 4, J. McGee 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Flaherty (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 88-60, J. Brebbia 12-10, T. Webb 14-10, J. Gant 32-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-5, T. Webb 1-1, J. Gant 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, J. Brebbia 3, T. Webb 3, J. Gant 7
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C. Blackmon RF40000021.323.368.598.966-1.0
N. Arenado 3B21200100.304.365.563.9275.0
D. Murphy 1B31000104.286.335.465.8002.0
R. McMahon 2B41110003.269.347.462.8093.0
Y. Daza CF30100110.185.228.185.4131.5
D. Nunez C40000043.231.214.538.753-2.0
G. Hampson SS40010022.211.267.309.5760.0
P. Lambert P20000021.318.375.318.693-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Davis in the 8th
  • b-flied out for McGee in the 9th
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D. Fowler RF40000102.248.347.428.7741.0
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Gant P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Wong 2B41010002.272.356.396.7523.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B51200004.259.333.467.8003.0
M. Ozuna LF32231103.265.343.520.86312.0
a- Y. Munoz PH-LF10100000.277.301.371.6721.0
P. DeJong SS40110113.247.326.458.7842.5
Y. Molina C51300002.258.290.356.6464.0
T. Edman 3B52200005.273.305.428.7335.0
H. Bader CF31100100.196.321.343.6653.0
J. Flaherty P10110000.154.190.231.4212.0
J. Brebbia P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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  • a-singled for Ozuna in the 8th
  • b-walked for Brebbia in the 7th
BATTING
  • RBI - R. McMahon (66), G. Hampson (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy, R. McMahon 3 (3), P. Lambert, Y. Alonso
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (19), T. Edman (9)
  • HR - M. Ozuna (24)
  • SF - J. Flaherty
  • SH - J. Flaherty (6)
  • RBI - K. Wong (48), M. Ozuna 3 (72), P. DeJong (60), J. Flaherty (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Ozuna 2 (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Wong 2 (2), M. Ozuna 3 (3), Y. Molina, T. Edman 5 (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Arenado-McMahon-Murphy)
  • E - R. McMahon (10), W. Parsons
FIELDING
  • PB - Y. Molina (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
P. Lambert (L, 2-4)4.16424016.401.61-5.0
W. Parsons1.25420004.241.71-4.0
W. Davis1.00001007.231.792.0
J. McGee1.02000103.711.351.5
Total8.01384511---
PITCHERSIP
P. Lambert (L, 2-4)4.1
W. Parsons1.2
W. Davis1.0
J. McGee1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)6.03001903.321.0928.5
J. Brebbia1.00000103.031.063.5
T. Webb1.00000103.271.003.5
J. Gant1.02322103.091.15-2.5
Total9.05323120---
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 8-6)6.0
J. Brebbia1.0
T. Webb1.0
J. Gant1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - W. Parsons
  • HBP - P. Lambert (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - P. Lambert 77-40, W. Parsons 32-23, W. Davis 24-12, J. McGee 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Lambert 8-5, W. Parsons 3-2
  • Batters Faced - P. Lambert 24, W. Parsons 10, W. Davis 4, J. McGee 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Flaherty (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 88-60, J. Brebbia 12-10, T. Webb 14-10, J. Gant 32-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 4-5, T. Webb 1-1, J. Gant 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 23, J. Brebbia 3, T. Webb 3, J. Gant 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Hampson grounded out to first, McMahon scored, Daza to third38
    Murphy scored, McMahon to third, Daza to second on passed ball28
    McMahon singled to shallow right, Arenado scored, Murphy to second18
  • 6TH INNING
    DeJong singled to left, Ozuna scored08
    Ozuna doubled to left center, Goldschmidt scored07
  • 5TH INNING
    Flaherty hit sacrifice fly to center, Bader scored06
    Bader reached on an infield single to pitcher, Molina and Edman scored, Bader to third on Parsons throwing error05
  • 4TH INNING
    Wong hit by pitch, Edman scored, Bader to third, Fowler to second03
  • 1ST INNING
    Ozuna homered to left center, Wong scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • John Gant relieved Tyler Webb
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado singled to center
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked, Arenado to second
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, McMahon singled to shallow right, Arenado scored, Murphy to second
    • Y. Daza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Daza walked, Murphy to third, McMahon to second
    • D. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy scored, McMahon to third, Daza to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hampson grounded out to first, McMahon scored, Daza to third
    • Yonder Alonso hit for Jake McGee
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tyler Webb pitching
    • Ian Desmond hit for Wade Davis
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Desmond struck out on foul tip
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Tapia grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jake McGee pitching
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Goldschmidt flied out to right
    • Yairo Munoz hit for Marcell Ozuna
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Munoz singled to left
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
    • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Molina singled to left center, Munoz to second
    • T. Edman: Edman flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • John Brebbia relieved Jack Flaherty
    • Y. Daza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Daza flied out to center
    • D. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • G. Hampson: Strike swinging, Foul, Hampson flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Wade Davis relieved Wes Parsons
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Bader fouled out to first
    • Lane Thomas hit for John Brebbia
    • L. Thomas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Thomas walked
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler flied out to shallow left
    • K. Wong: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wong flied out to deep center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia singled to left
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to shallow center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado singled to left, Tapia to second
    • D. Murphy: Murphy popped out to second
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, McMahon flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • W. Parsons Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Wong grounded out to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Goldschmidt singled to left center
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ozuna doubled to left center, Goldschmidt scored
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong singled to left, Ozuna scored
    • Y. Molina: Ball, DeJong to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Molina lined out to third
    • T. Edman: Edman grounded out to first
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • Y. Daza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Daza singled to center
    • D. Nunez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hampson struck out looking
    • P. Lambert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lambert struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina singled to left
    • T. Edman: Pickoff attempt
    • Edman singled to center, Molina to second
    • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bader reached on an infield single to pitcher, Molina and Edman scored, Bader to third on Parsons throwing error
    • J. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Flaherty hit sacrifice fly to center, Bader scored
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fowler grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Arenado hit by pitch
    • D. Murphy: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Murphy flied out to deep right
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Ball, McMahon grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • T. Edman: Edman doubled to center
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • J. Flaherty: Ball, Foul, Flaherty hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Edman to third, Bader to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
    • K. Wong: Foul, Ball, Wong hit by pitch, Edman scored, Bader to third, Fowler to second
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt fouled out to first
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ozuna lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • G. Hampson: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hampson struck out swinging
    • P. Lambert: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lambert struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Tapia grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked, Goldschmidt to second
    • P. DeJong: Foul, DeJong grounded into double play third to second to first, Goldschmidt to third, Ozuna out at second
    • Y. Molina: Molina grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, McMahon grounded out to pitcher
    • Y. Daza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Daza struck out swinging
    • D. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Bader flied out to shallow right
    • J. Flaherty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Flaherty singled to left center
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to second, Flaherty out at second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Wong popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Tapia grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • D. Murphy: Murphy flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • P. Lambert Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler grounded out to first
    • K. Wong: Wong safe at first on 2nd baseman McMahon fielding error
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Goldschmidt lined out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ozuna homered to left center, Wong scored
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong walked
    • Y. Molina: Molina singled to right, DeJong to second
    • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Edman grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)