Flaherty goes 7 innings as Cardinals edge Royals 2-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The two words that Cardinals manager Mike Shildt kept using to describe the reasons behind Jack Flaherty's phenomenal pitching success since the All-Star break were conviction and command.

The Royals probably have a few choice words to describe Flaherty, too.

The right-hander tossed seven innings of three-hit ball in yet another dominant performance Tuesday night, and Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt drove in the only runs as St. Louis edged Kansas City 2-0 to open a two-game series between the cross-state rivals.

''That's been Jack. That's who he's been,'' Shildt said. ''Just outstanding pitching.''

Flaherty (6-6) struck out seven with a lone walk in his sixth stingy start, though he has just two wins to show for them. He's allowed 20 hits with 50 strikeouts and 0.70 ERA over that span.

''He's been absolutely on fire lately,'' Edman said. ''Jack was awesome again, as usual.''

Flaherty headed for the showers after throwing 110 pitches, and the St. Louis bullpen nailed down the win. Andrew Miller worked around a single in the eighth and retired Alex Gordon in the ninth, and Carlos Martinez got the final two outs, completing the four-hitter while earning his 13th save.

Glenn Sparkman (3-8) did everything the Royals asked over six sharp innings. He allowed two runs, one of them earned, but still hasn't won since a July 16 shutout of the White Sox.

''With every start I'm getting a little better. Still shaky in the first through third,'' he said. ''But overall I felt pretty good today. Definitely a lot of things to work on still.''

The most spirit the woebegone Royals showed all night came when Kolten Wong legged out an infield single in the fifth, and manager Ned Yost complained about interference on the throw. His heated exchange with plate umpire Pat Hoberg escalated until first base ump Greg Gibson tossed him.

It was the third time this season Yost has been ejected.

''In all fairness,'' Yost said, ''they gave me every opportunity to stop arguing.''

Both Cardinals runs were scored in scrappy fashion. The first came when Dexter Fowler reached on an error in the first, advanced on a groundout and scored on Goldschmidt's sacrifice fly, and the second came on Edman's single in the third - just before he was caught between bases to end the inning.

The way Flaherty was going, that was all St. Louis needed.

He gave up a two-out double to Hunter Dozier and intentionally walked Jorge Soler in the first, but got Cheslor Cuthbert to pop out and end the inning. Flaherty proceeded to retire 12 more in succession before Nicky Lopez led off the sixth inning with a base hit.

Flaherty wound up getting a double play and striking out Dozier to end that inning.

''His fastball's got life. Slider is tight. Good arm action with pitches,'' the Royals' Whit Merrifield said. ''He locates well, moves it around. He doesn't miss a whole lot. When he does miss it's not in the zone. So he does a good job of keeping you on your toes.''

ROOKIE ARRIVAL

The Cardinals called up touted prospect Randy Arozarena from Triple-A Memphis, though he was not in the starting lineup. The speedy outfielder was hitting .368 and had reached base safely in 37 consecutive games for the Redbirds. ''I knew it was coming,'' Arozarena said. ''I knew it was close.''

COACHING SHUFFLE

St. Louis fired assistant hitting coach Mark Budaska during the day off Monday and promoted Memphis hitting coach Jobel Jimenez to the big league club. ''I ultimately made the decision,'' said Shildt, who cited ''philosophical differences'' in making the move.

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Cardinals placed outfielder Jose Martinez on the injured list after he collided with the wall in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Martinez sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder. ''I think a week will go by and he'll get out there and start swinging the bat again,'' Shildt said. ''He'll be back as soon or as close to that 10-day mark as possible.''

UP NEXT

The Cardinals send Dakota Hudson (10-6, 4.01 ERA) to the mound to face fellow right-hander Brad Keller (7-12, 4.09) and the Royals as the clubs wrap up their two-game set Wednesday night.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (6-6)L: G. Sparkman (3-8)S: C. Martinez (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fowler RF31000101.246.341.420.7622.0
T. Edman 3B40110002.266.293.424.7172.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B30010000.260.337.468.8051.0
M. Ozuna LF30000110.255.334.509.8442.5
P. DeJong SS30000101.248.326.447.7730.0
M. Carpenter DH30100111.218.323.370.6942.5
Y. Molina C40000014.257.282.362.644-0.5
K. Wong 2B30200000.271.353.395.7483.0
L. Thomas CF31100011.360.407.8001.2071.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF40100001.306.360.489.8491.0
    A. Gordon LF40000002.262.336.413.7490.0
    H. Dozier RF40100021.284.365.560.9251.0
    J. Soler DH20100110.260.347.555.9022.5
    C. Cuthbert 3B40000014.274.314.419.733-0.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B30000011.169.263.302.565-0.5
    H. Arteaga SS30000011.191.242.213.456-0.5
    M. Viloria C30000020.224.283.327.610-1.0
    N. Lopez 2B20100100.223.265.291.5562.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Carpenter (14), K. Wong (19)
      • SF - P. Goldschmidt (2)
      • RBI - T. Edman (16), P. Goldschmidt (63)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Edman (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Edman, Y. Molina 3 (3), L. Thomas
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Dozier (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, C. Cuthbert 3 (3), H. Arteaga
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Ozuna (11)
      • CS - P. DeJong (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Flaherty-DeJong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - H. Dozier
      • DP - (Viloria-Lopez)
      • E - C. Cuthbert (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.03001703.521.1030.5
      A. Miller (H, 19)1.10001103.791.262.5
      C. Martinez (S, 13)0.21000003.411.266.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.0
      A. Miller (H, 19)1.1
      C. Martinez (S, 13)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Sparkman (L, 3-8)6.04211205.451.4411.0
      J. Newberry1.01000103.041.242.5
      T. Hill0.10000003.601.350.0
      J. Barnes0.20001106.641.67-0.5
      S. Barlow1.00002005.141.491.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Sparkman (L, 3-8)6.0
      J. Newberry1.0
      T. Hill0.1
      J. Barnes0.2
      S. Barlow1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Flaherty (2)
      • HBP - J. Flaherty (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 110-68, A. Miller 25-13, C. Martinez 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 5-8, A. Miller 1-1, C. Martinez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 25, A. Miller 4, C. Martinez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 97-63, J. Newberry 13-10, T. Hill 5-3, J. Barnes 13-8, S. Barlow 21-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 6-8, J. Newberry 1-1, T. Hill 1-0
      • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 21, J. Newberry 4, T. Hill, J. Barnes 3, S. Barlow 5
      • Balks - G. Sparkman
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. Fowler RF31000101.246.341.420.7622.0
      T. Edman 3B40110002.266.293.424.7172.0
      P. Goldschmidt 1B30010000.260.337.468.8051.0
      M. Ozuna LF30000110.255.334.509.8442.5
      P. DeJong SS30000101.248.326.447.7730.0
      M. Carpenter DH30100111.218.323.370.6942.5
      Y. Molina C40000014.257.282.362.644-0.5
      K. Wong 2B30200000.271.353.395.7483.0
      L. Thomas CF31100011.360.407.8001.2071.5
      Total2925204410-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield CF40100001.306.360.489.8491.0
        A. Gordon LF40000002.262.336.413.7490.0
        H. Dozier RF40100021.284.365.560.9251.0
        J. Soler DH20100110.260.347.555.9022.5
        C. Cuthbert 3B40000014.274.314.419.733-0.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B30000011.169.263.302.565-0.5
        H. Arteaga SS30000011.191.242.213.456-0.5
        M. Viloria C30000020.224.283.327.610-1.0
        N. Lopez 2B20100100.223.265.291.5562.0
        Total2904002810-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Carpenter (14), K. Wong (19)
          • SF - P. Goldschmidt (2)
          • RBI - T. Edman (16), P. Goldschmidt (63)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Edman (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Edman, Y. Molina 3 (3), L. Thomas
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Dozier (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, C. Cuthbert 3 (3), H. Arteaga
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Ozuna (11)
          • CS - P. DeJong (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Flaherty-DeJong-Goldschmidt; DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - H. Dozier
          • DP - (Viloria-Lopez)
          • E - C. Cuthbert (9)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.03001703.521.1030.5
          A. Miller (H, 19)1.10001103.791.262.5
          C. Martinez (S, 13)0.21000003.411.266.0
          Total9.0400280---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Flaherty (W, 6-6)7.0
          A. Miller (H, 19)1.1
          C. Martinez (S, 13)0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Sparkman (L, 3-8)6.04211205.451.4411.0
          J. Newberry1.01000103.041.242.5
          T. Hill0.10000003.601.350.0
          J. Barnes0.20001106.641.67-0.5
          S. Barlow1.00002005.141.491.0
          Total9.0521440---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Sparkman (L, 3-8)6.0
          J. Newberry1.0
          T. Hill0.1
          J. Barnes0.2
          S. Barlow1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Flaherty (2)
          • HBP - J. Flaherty (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 110-68, A. Miller 25-13, C. Martinez 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 5-8, A. Miller 1-1, C. Martinez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 25, A. Miller 4, C. Martinez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Sparkman 97-63, J. Newberry 13-10, T. Hill 5-3, J. Barnes 13-8, S. Barlow 21-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Sparkman 6-8, J. Newberry 1-1, T. Hill 1-0
          • Batters Faced - G. Sparkman 21, J. Newberry 4, T. Hill, J. Barnes 3, S. Barlow 5
          • Balks - G. Sparkman
          • 3RD INNING
            Edman singled to right, Thomas scored, Edman out at second20
          • 1ST INNING
            Goldschmidt hit sacrifice fly to right, Fowler scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Scott Barlow relieved Jacob Barnes
            • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt flied out to center
            • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna walked
            • P. DeJong: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, DeJong flied out to right
            • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ozuna stole second, Ball, Carpenter walked
            • Y. Molina: Molina fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Miller Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon fouled out to catcher
            • Carlos Martinez relieved Andrew Miller
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Soler to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tim Hill relieved Jake Newberry
            • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong grounded out to catcher
            • Jacob Barnes relieved Tim Hill
            • L. Thomas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Thomas struck out swinging
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler walked
            • T. Edman: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Edman lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Miller relieved Jack Flaherty
            • M. Viloria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Viloria struck out looking
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lopez walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lopez out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jake Newberry relieved Glenn Sparkman
            • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded out to third
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter doubled to right center
            • Y. Molina: Molina flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler hit by pitch
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arteaga reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soler out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler flied out to left
            • T. Edman: Ball, Foul, Edman lined out to right
            • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lopez singled to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Merrifield singled to center, Lopez to second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Lopez to third, Merrifield out at second
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Molina popped out to second
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wong reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • L. Thomas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Thomas flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn flied out to left
            • H. Arteaga: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arteaga struck out swinging
            • M. Viloria: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt popped out to shortstop
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to second
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, DeJong grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert popped out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong doubled to deep right
            • L. Thomas: Strike looking, Foul, Thomas reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Wong out at third, Thomas to second, Wong out at third, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler flied out to center
            • T. Edman: Edman singled to right, Thomas scored, Edman out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lopez flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, DeJong walked
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Carpenter lined out to right
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging, DeJong caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • H. Arteaga: Ball, Foul, Foul, Arteaga flied out to deep right
            • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Viloria grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Sparkman Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Fowler safe at first on 3rd baseman Cuthbert fielding error
            • T. Edman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler to second on balk, Foul, Ball, Foul, Edman grounded out to second, Fowler to third
            • P. Goldschmidt: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goldschmidt hit sacrifice fly to right, Fowler scored
            • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Flaherty Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to deep left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier doubled to deep left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler intentionally walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert popped out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)