Carpenter homers twice, Cards chase Kluber to thump Indians

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in a way no one has before, then he stuck around to make some history of his own.

Carpenter homered twice, matched a career best with five hits and helped chase Kluber in the shortest start of the right-hander's career in the Cardinals' 11-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Carpenter, who also scored a career-best five runs, is the 19th player ever with five hits, including two home runs, and five runs in a game. He's the first Cardinals player to do it.

''I don't know, that leaves me kind of speechless,'' said Carpenter, who also drove in three. ''It's pretty cool. Wow, there's been some really good players come through here. You would have figured somebody would have put together a night better than that.''

Kluber (11-4) allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings and has lost two of his past three decisions. He gave up six hits, including homers to Carpenter and Jose Martinez, and walked one on 48 pitches.

Prior to Tuesday, Kluber's shortest start had been two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013. His previous low this year was a five-inning game on June 15 against Minnesota when he took his third loss of the season.

''He's human,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Don't think guys go 35 starts without having a bump in the road.''

It was a far cry from his only other appearance against the Cardinals. He struck out a career-best 18 in a 2-0 victory on May 13, 2015.

Carlos Martinez (4-4) settled down after a rough first inning for his first victory since May 2. He had lost three straight decisions over his previous five starts. He went six innings, allowing two runs, six hits and a walk while striking out eight.

St. Louis has won four straight after struggling through a 2-8 stretch. Cleveland entered the series on a seven-game winning streak before dropping the first two of this three-game set.

The Indians used three singles and a walk to take a 2-0 lead in the first but had only three more singles against Martinez and none after the starter was pulled.

Carpenter answered the Indians' fast start with his 14th home run. It was Carpenter's third leadoff homer of the year and 18th in his career. He also led off the eighth with his 15th homer, a solo shot, on a 5-for-5 night. The five hits matched a mark he set June 14, 2014 at Kansas City, and he was a triple shy of the cycle.

''I don't think you wish for a home run not to be a home run, but it would have been cool to do,'' he said of the cycle. ''It's something I've never done, but I'll take the home run, too.''

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny made several fielding changes in the late innings to let players get some rest. He said he considered pulling Carpenter but decided the potential cycle meant more than a couple of innings off.

''It was on our mind, but this is special for him and special for our fans,'' Matheny said. ''When he's on, it's impressive to watch his approach and what he can do when he's got his swing going right.''

Jose Martinez's 12th home run, a three-run blast to left field, chased Kluber. Kolten Wong added a two-run shot in the third, his sixth of the season.

RAIN DELAY

Tuesday's game was delayed 1-hour, 26-minutes by rain, marking the second consecutive game between the Indians and Cardinals that was affected by inclement weather. The first pitch Monday was pushed back 1-hour, 21-minutes because of a thunderstorm.

TRAINING ROOM

Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco is scheduled to throw 40 pitches off the mound Wednesday in St. Louis. If all goes well, he could begin his rehab assignment Saturday. Carrasco is currently on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow contusion.

Cardinals: SS Yairo Munoz was pulled after the third inning with a left ankle contusion. He fouled a ball off his leg during his last at-bat before grounding out to short and was replaced by Greg Garcia to start the fourth.

UP NEXT

Indians: RHP Shane Bieber (2-0, 2.45) makes his fourth start of his rookie season. After allowing 18 hits in his first two appearances, he gave up four but struck out nine and blanked the Tigers through seven innings in his last outing.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.50) is coming off his best start of his rookie year. He allowed a season-low one hit and tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts but didn't figure in the decision in the 2-1 loss at Milwaukee. He's given up two runs on six hits in his previous 18 1/3 innings over three games.

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  • W: C. Martinez (4-4)L: C. Kluber (11-4)
  • HR: STL - J. Martinez (12), M. Carpenter 2 (15), K. Wong (6)
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M. Brantley LF31100100.314.364.506.8693.0
R. Davis LF00000000.248.301.296.5970.0
J. Ramirez 3B40000003.292.398.6051.0030.0
Y. Alonso 1B40100002.254.324.448.7711.0
L. Chisenhall RF40210012.310.395.394.7892.5
J. Kipnis 2B40110013.214.294.343.6371.5
Y. Gomes C40000033.249.315.448.763-1.5
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C. Kluber P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Otero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Tomlin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- E. Gonzalez PH-SS10000000.293.338.453.7910.0
  • a-struck out for Otero in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Tomlin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B55532000.259.362.511.87320.0
M. Mayers P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
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M. Ozuna LF50200011.289.335.429.7641.5
Y. Molina C-1B30010002.265.308.486.7941.0
Y. Munoz SS21100000.283.331.383.7142.0
G. Garcia SS20000012.258.336.376.713-0.5
H. Bader RF22100200.261.331.386.7175.0
K. Wong 2B42221011.197.295.333.6298.5
C. Martinez P20010000.217.208.348.5561.0
F. Pena C10000011.200.233.294.527-0.5
  • a-struck out for Holland in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - L. Chisenhall (5), J. Kipnis (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Chisenhall (3), J. Kipnis (13)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (22)
  • HR - M. Carpenter 2 (15), J. Martinez (12), K. Wong (6)
  • SF - Y. Molina (4), C. Martinez
  • RBI - M. Carpenter 3 (36), J. Martinez 3 (50), Y. Molina (32), K. Wong 2 (15), C. Martinez (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 3 (27), K. Wong 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Brantley, F. Lindor (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kluber (L, 11-4)1.26661222.540.86-14.0
D. Otero1.12220016.261.13-1.0
J. Tomlin3.04200206.041.396.0
O. Perez1.00001200.960.543.0
G. Kontos1.01110114.941.391.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kluber (L, 11-4)1.2
D. Otero1.1
J. Tomlin3.0
O. Perez1.0
G. Kontos1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 4-4)6.06221803.221.4323.0
B. Cecil1.00000004.501.753.0
G. Holland1.00000007.272.083.0
M. Mayers1.00000102.881.163.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 4-4)6.0
B. Cecil1.0
G. Holland1.0
M. Mayers1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 48-31, D. Otero 37-27, J. Tomlin 38-27, O. Perez 14-8, G. Kontos 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Otero 4-0, J. Tomlin 6-2, O. Perez 1-0, G. Kontos 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 12, D. Otero 6, J. Tomlin 14, O. Perez 4, G. Kontos 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 103-73, B. Cecil 8-5, G. Holland 11-6, M. Mayers 16-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 2-8, B. Cecil 1-2, G. Holland 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 25, B. Cecil 3, G. Holland 3, M. Mayers 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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O. Perez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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R. Davis LF00000000.248.301.296.5970.0
J. Ramirez 3B40000003.292.398.6051.0030.0
Y. Alonso 1B40100002.254.324.448.7711.0
L. Chisenhall RF40210012.310.395.394.7892.5
J. Kipnis 2B40110013.214.294.343.6371.5
Y. Gomes C40000033.249.315.448.763-1.5
T. Naquin CF30000010.279.303.375.678-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Otero in the 4th
  • b-flied out for Tomlin in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B55532000.259.362.511.87320.0
M. Mayers P00000000.000.500.000.5000.0
T. Pham CF50000014.252.330.420.750-0.5
J. Martinez 1B41231013.302.373.500.8738.5
B. Cecil P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Gyorko PH-3B10000010.245.301.390.691-0.5
M. Ozuna LF50200011.289.335.429.7641.5
Y. Molina C-1B30010002.265.308.486.7941.0
Y. Munoz SS21100000.283.331.383.7142.0
G. Garcia SS20000012.258.336.376.713-0.5
H. Bader RF22100200.261.331.386.7175.0
K. Wong 2B42221011.197.295.333.6298.5
C. Martinez P20010000.217.208.348.5561.0
F. Pena C10000011.200.233.294.527-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Holland in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - L. Chisenhall (5), J. Kipnis (32)
  • 2-Out RBI - L. Chisenhall (3), J. Kipnis (13)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Carpenter (22)
  • HR - M. Carpenter 2 (15), J. Martinez (12), K. Wong (6)
  • SF - Y. Molina (4), C. Martinez
  • RBI - M. Carpenter 3 (36), J. Martinez 3 (50), Y. Molina (32), K. Wong 2 (15), C. Martinez (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez 3 (27), K. Wong 2 (5)
FIELDING
  • E - M. Brantley, F. Lindor (11)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kluber (L, 11-4)1.26661222.540.86-14.0
D. Otero1.12220016.261.13-1.0
J. Tomlin3.04200206.041.396.0
O. Perez1.00001200.960.543.0
G. Kontos1.01110114.941.391.5
Total8.013119274---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kluber (L, 11-4)1.2
D. Otero1.1
J. Tomlin3.0
O. Perez1.0
G. Kontos1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Martinez (W, 4-4)6.06221803.221.4323.0
B. Cecil1.00000004.501.753.0
G. Holland1.00000007.272.083.0
M. Mayers1.00000102.881.163.5
Total9.0622190---
PITCHERSIP
C. Martinez (W, 4-4)6.0
B. Cecil1.0
G. Holland1.0
M. Mayers1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kluber 48-31, D. Otero 37-27, J. Tomlin 38-27, O. Perez 14-8, G. Kontos 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Otero 4-0, J. Tomlin 6-2, O. Perez 1-0, G. Kontos 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kluber 12, D. Otero 6, J. Tomlin 14, O. Perez 4, G. Kontos 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Martinez 103-73, B. Cecil 8-5, G. Holland 11-6, M. Mayers 16-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Martinez 2-8, B. Cecil 1-2, G. Holland 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Martinez 25, B. Cecil 3, G. Holland 3, M. Mayers 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Carpenter homered to center211
  • 6TH INNING
    Ozuna singled to left, Carpenter scored on left fielder Brantley fielding error210
  • 4TH INNING
    Molina hit sacrifice fly to center, Carpenter scored, Pham to third, Ozuna to second29
  • 3RD INNING
    Wong homered to right, Bader scored28
  • 2ND INNING
    Martinez homered to left center, Wong and Carpenter scored26
    Carpenter singled to right, Bader scored, Wong to second23
    Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Munoz scored22
  • 1ST INNING
    Carpenter homered to right21
    Kipnis singled to right, Brantley scored, Chisenhall to third20
    Chisenhall singled to center, Lindor scored, Brantley to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Mike Mayers pitching
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chisenhall lined out to left
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kipnis flied out to deep left
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gomes struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Greg Holland relieved Brett Cecil
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez lined out to right
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rajai Davis in left field
    • George Kontos relieved Oliver Perez
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Carpenter homered to center
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to pitcher
    • Jedd Gyorko hit for Greg Holland
    • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ozuna popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Francisco Pena catching
    • Brett Cecil pitching
    • T. Naquin: Naquin flied out to center
    • Erik Gonzalez hit for Josh Tomlin
    • E. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep center
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Oliver Perez pitching
    • G. Garcia: Garcia grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • K. Wong: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • F. Pena: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pena struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso popped out to third
    • L. Chisenhall: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chisenhall singled to center
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gomes struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Tomlin Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Carpenter doubled to deep right
    • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Ozuna singled to left, Carpenter scored on left fielder Brantley fielding error
    • Y. Molina: Molina grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ozuna out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramirez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Tomlin Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bader grounded out to second
    • K. Wong: Wong flied out to left
    • C. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Greg Garcia at shortstop
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Gomes flied out to deep center
    • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Naquin grounded out to shortstop
    • Brandon Guyer hit for Dan Otero
    • B. Guyer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Guyer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Tomlin pitching
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to right center
    • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pham safe at first on shortstop Lindor fielding error, Carpenter to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna singled to left, Carpenter to third, Pham to second
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Molina hit sacrifice fly to center, Carpenter scored, Pham to third, Ozuna to second
    • G. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley singled to center
    • J. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to deep center
    • Y. Alonso: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Alonso singled to right, Brantley to second
    • L. Chisenhall: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chisenhall struck out swinging
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kipnis flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Otero Pitching:
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Molina grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Munoz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Munoz grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wong homered to right, Bader scored
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • T. Naquin: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
    • C. Kluber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kluber struck out swinging
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lindor flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • Y. Munoz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Munoz singled to deep right
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bader walked, Munoz to second
    • K. Wong: Wong reached on an infield single to first, Munoz to third, Bader to second
    • C. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Munoz scored
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Carpenter singled to right, Bader scored, Wong to second
    • T. Pham: Foul, Pham flied out to deep center, Wong to third
    • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to left center, Wong and Carpenter scored
    • Dan Otero relieved Corey Kluber
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ozuna grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Martinez Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lindor singled to center
    • M. Brantley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked, Lindor to second
    • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez flied out to center, Lindor to third
    • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alonso fouled out to catcher
    • L. Chisenhall: Chisenhall singled to center, Lindor scored, Brantley to second
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Kipnis singled to right, Brantley scored, Chisenhall to third
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kluber Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter homered to right
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Martinez singled to right
    • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)