Royals Hammel earns first win in win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Kansas City starter Jason Hammel had to jog his memory on what to do after a win. It had been that long for Hammel, who was making his 290th career start Tuesday night.

He earned his first victory of the season, helped by home runs by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez in a 5-1 win by the Royals over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hammel (1-5) has been winless in his previous 13 starts dating back to his last win Sept. 6, 2017. He also had been winless in his previous seven road starts.

''Honestly I feel like I forgot how to celebrate after a win,'' Hammel said. ''It's been so long, personally. But I've been doing this a long time and there's time you feel like you're down and you feel like you're making good pitches like I was earlier in the year and just sometimes it doesn't happen.

''Every win is important. You should celebrate all of them. So obviously it feels really good.''

Hammel went seven innings, giving up nine hits and a run to help the Royals win for the second time in 10 games. He struck out six and hit a batter with no walks.

''He really had his slider going,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said about Hammel. ''He pitched seven really strong innings for us. He ended up only giving up one run. A lot of hits were kind of off the bat.

Luke Weaver (3-4) pitched seven innings in his first career outing against Kansas City. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight against one walk.

Gordon added two singles in a 3-for-4 night after entering the game hitless in his previous 14 at-bats. He was in a 4-for-40 skid that dated back to May 9.

Kansas City is 1-3 in interleague play this season. The Royals had lost their last five games against St. Louis and are 4-10 against their cross-state rivals in interleague play dating back to May 24, 2015.

Kansas City went ahead 2-1 in the fourth on a two-out double by Alcides Escobar, who snapped an 0-for-9 skid with a single in the second inning. Whit Merrifield walked with one out and went to third on a single to right by Gordon. Escobar, who went 3-for-4, lined a 3-2 off-speed pitch to left to drive home Merrifield.

A leadoff homer by Perez in the sixth gave the Royals a 3-1 edge. Besides hitting the home run, Perez threw out two baserunners.

''Great game,'' Perez said. ''I mean (I) throw out two guys -- fantastic. The home run was huge at that point.''

Kansas City added two runs in the ninth of struggling reliever Greg Holland, a former Royal, who did not get any of the four batters he faced out.

Holland, who sports an 8.76 ERA, left to a chorus of boos as he did Saturday against visiting Minnesota. It was his third consecutive poor outing for the three-time All-Star.

''I'm not throwing well,'' Holland said. ''If you don't want to get booed, perform better. I'm feeling pretty good out there. It's just one of those things right now where everything that can go wrong is going wrong.

LINEUP CHANGES

Tommy Pham, who has been the Cardinals' best player this year, did not start Tuesday. He is 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in the last two games. His average has dropped 40 points in the last 10 days to .303. Rookie Tyler O'Neill started in center. Dexter Fowler, who did not play Monday, led off and played in right. He went 0-for-4.

IRONMAN

With his start, Escobar had made 381 consecutive starts. It is the longest streak in Royals history and the longest active streak in the major leagues.

TRAINING ROOM

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list Thursday. Duda is batting .256 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 37 games this season.

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina continues to recover from a traumatic hematoma sustained when he was hit by a foul ball earlier this month. ''He's seeing the doctor on Thursday,'' said St. Louis General Manager Michael Girsch said of Molina. ''That's how fast we will get some guidance on when he can start doing physical activity. He's been on significant rest so it's hard to project until he can start jogging and stuff like that.'' ... Greg Garcia, 28, who left Monday's game in the sixth inning with lower back tightness was not in the lineup Tuesday. He is listed as day to day. Garcia is hitting .241 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 36 games as the Cardinals' utility man.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-3, 3.51) will be facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He's 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts against National League teams, all coming in 2017. He has allowed two or fewer runs and worked at least six innings in three of his road starts this season.

Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (5-1, 3.08) has limited opponents to two runs or less in each of his last six starts (2.06 ERA). He won his 50th career game in his last start making him the 11th-youngest pitcher to reach that milestone since 1900.

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  • W: J. Hammel (1-5)L: L. Weaver (3-4)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (4), S. Perez (7)
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  • a-walked for Keller in the 9th
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K. Wong 2B40100002.181.278.302.5801.0
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  • a-lined out for Weaver in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Brebbia in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Escobar (9)
  • HR - S. Perez (7), A. Gordon (4)
  • SH - R. Goins
  • RBI - J. Jay 2 (12), S. Perez (21), A. Gordon (10), A. Escobar (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Escobar (6)
BATTING
  • SH - L. Weaver (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Martinez, M. Ozuna (3)
  • CS - Y. Munoz 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Perez-Escobar; Perez-Goins; Goins-Escobar-Merrifield)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Carpenter-Munoz-Martinez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hammel (W, 1-5)7.09110605.701.4524.0
B. Keller (H, 5)1.00000101.861.093.5
K. Herrera1.02000101.020.791.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hammel (W, 1-5)7.0
B. Keller (H, 5)1.0
K. Herrera1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (L, 3-4)7.07331824.311.2512.0
B. Cecil0.10001102.451.09-0.5
M. Mayers0.20001002.381.41-1.0
G. Holland0.03221008.762.59-6.0
J. Brebbia1.00000003.860.933.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (L, 3-4)7.0
B. Cecil0.1
M. Mayers0.2
G. Holland0.0
J. Brebbia1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Hammel (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 89-58, B. Keller 12-8, K. Herrera 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 4-9, B. Keller 2-0, K. Herrera 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 29, B. Keller 3, K. Herrera 4
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Mayers
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 88-66, B. Cecil 8-3, M. Mayers 18-11, G. Holland 14-6, J. Brebbia 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-6
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 28, B. Cecil 2, M. Mayers 3, G. Holland 4, J. Brebbia 3
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R. Goins 2B40000022.250.286.317.602-1.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000113.289.333.513.8470.5
S. Perez C51111014.248.288.495.7845.5
W. Merrifield 1B21000210.286.356.418.7742.5
A. Gordon LF41311002.262.323.393.7178.0
A. Almonte CF41100013.198.253.321.5741.5
A. Escobar SS41310000.240.293.323.6176.0
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  • a-walked for Keller in the 9th
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J. Martinez 1B31100000.311.382.473.8555.0
M. Ozuna LF40300000.253.295.331.6265.0
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  • a-lined out for Weaver in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Brebbia in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Escobar (9)
  • HR - S. Perez (7), A. Gordon (4)
  • SH - R. Goins
  • RBI - J. Jay 2 (12), S. Perez (21), A. Gordon (10), A. Escobar (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Escobar (6)
BATTING
  • SH - L. Weaver (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Martinez, M. Ozuna (3)
  • CS - Y. Munoz 2 (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Perez-Escobar; Perez-Goins; Goins-Escobar-Merrifield)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Carpenter-Munoz-Martinez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hammel (W, 1-5)7.09110605.701.4524.0
B. Keller (H, 5)1.00000101.861.093.5
K. Herrera1.02000101.020.791.5
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PITCHERSIP
J. Hammel (W, 1-5)7.0
B. Keller (H, 5)1.0
K. Herrera1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (L, 3-4)7.07331824.311.2512.0
B. Cecil0.10001102.451.09-0.5
M. Mayers0.20001002.381.41-1.0
G. Holland0.03221008.762.59-6.0
J. Brebbia1.00000003.860.933.0
Total9.01055492---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (L, 3-4)7.0
B. Cecil0.1
M. Mayers0.2
G. Holland0.0
J. Brebbia1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Hammel (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 89-58, B. Keller 12-8, K. Herrera 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 4-9, B. Keller 2-0, K. Herrera 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 29, B. Keller 3, K. Herrera 4
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Mayers
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 88-66, B. Cecil 8-3, M. Mayers 18-11, G. Holland 14-6, J. Brebbia 7-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-6
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 28, B. Cecil 2, M. Mayers 3, G. Holland 4, J. Brebbia 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Jay singled to center, Almonte and Escobar scored, Dozier to second51
  • 6TH INNING
    Perez homered to left center31
  • 4TH INNING
    Escobar doubled to deep left, Merrifield scored, Gordon to third21
  • 2ND INNING
    Gordon homered to center11
  • 1ST INNING
    Martinez stole home Ozuna to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Mike Mayers
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Almonte singled to shallow right
    • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar singled to shallow right, Almonte to third
    • Hunter Dozier hit for Brad Keller
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Escobar to second
    • J. Jay: Ball, Jay singled to center, Almonte and Escobar scored, Dozier to second
    • John Brebbia relieved Greg Holland
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Goins fouled out to third
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas fouled out to third
    • S. Perez: Perez fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kelvin Herrera pitching
    • K. Wong: Wong singled to left
    • Y. Munoz: Foul, Strike looking, Munoz reached on an infield single to shortstop, Wong to second
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pena grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Wong to third, Munoz out at second
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for John Brebbia
    • J. Gyorko: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gyorko struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brett Cecil pitching
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
    • Mike Mayers relieved Brett Cecil
    • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to third
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Keller relieved Jason Hammel
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
    • T. O'Neill: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • A. Escobar: Escobar popped out to second
    • J. Hammel: Strike swinging, Hammel grounded out to second
    • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Harrison Bader hit for Luke Weaver
    • H. Bader: Ball, Bader lined out to left
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler flied out to left
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • S. Perez: Perez homered to left center
    • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon singled to left center
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Gordon out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz singled to shallow left
    • F. Pena: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pena struck out swinging, Munoz caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
    • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fowler grounded out to second
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter lined out to first
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez hit by pitch
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to right center, Martinez to third
    • T. O'Neill: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • A. Gordon: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to right, Merrifield to second
    • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Almonte lined out to second
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar doubled to deep left, Merrifield scored, Gordon to third
    • J. Hammel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hammel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Munoz singled to center
    • F. Pena: Pena fouled out to third
    • L. Weaver: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Weaver struck out swinging, Munoz caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to second
    • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins lined out to left
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Carpenter flied out to deep center
    • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to center
    • T. O'Neill: Pickoff attempt, O'Neill singled to right, Ozuna to third
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Wong popped out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Gordon: Gordon homered to center
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar singled to right
    • J. Hammel: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hammel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Wong flied out to right
    • Y. Munoz: Munoz singled to right
    • F. Pena: Foul, Pena singled to center, Munoz to second
    • L. Weaver: Weaver hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Munoz to third, Pena to second
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay singled to left
    • R. Goins: Goins hit sacrifice bunt to third, Jay to second
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to third
    • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • D. Fowler: Fowler flied out to deep center
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Carpenter struck out on foul tip
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to left
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ozuna singled to right center, Martinez to third
    • T. O'Neill: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez stole home Ozuna to second, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Neill struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)