Carpenter homers again, leads Gomber, Cards over Royals 7-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) At this point, it's almost as if the St. Louis Cardinals expect Matt Carpenter to hit a home run every day.

Carpenter connected for the sixth time in seven games, Austin Gomber pitched five scoreless innings and the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-0 Friday night.

Carpenter tops the National League with 32 home runs, a .600 slugging percentage and 65 extra-base hits. He has reached base in a career-high 28 straight games with 16 homers and 27 RBIs in that span.

''It's fun to watch, that's for sure,'' Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said. ''Clearly, he's a special player, a special guy. I'm just happy for him. He's always looking to grow from the previous version of Matt Carpenter.''

Carpenter sent a fastball from Burch Smith into the right-field fountains for a two-out drive with Harrison Bader aboard. He extended his career high for homers as the Cardinals scored five times in the second.

''Just having Harrison on base in front of me, just his speed alone you've got to figure bought me maybe an extra fastball or so,'' Carpenter said. ''It's a big part of it.''

Paul DeJong led off the inning with his 11th home run. Bader and Jose Martinez, who had three hits, contributed RBI singles to set up Carpenter.

Bader homered in the sixth and Martinez had an RBI double in the seventh.

Gomber (2-0) allowed four hits, walked one, hit a batter and struck out three in his third major league start.

''It makes my job a lot easier, especially when my game plan is attack and throw strikes,'' Gomber said of the big lead.

Daniel Poncedeleon allowed two hits over three innings to notch his first big league save.

Gomber worked out of a bases-loaded jam in third, which Adalberto Mondesi led off with a triple. After retiring the next two batters, Gomber walked Rosell Herrera and hit Salvador Perez with a pitch. Hunter Dozier flied out to end the inning.

''We couldn't capitalize on it,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Smith (1-4) gave up five runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batter in 1 2/3 innings. In six starts, Smith has a 9.67 ERA, allowing 24 earned runs in 22 1/3 innings.

''I wasn't commanding any pitches,'' Smith said. ''I just didn't have anything working and they were capitalizing on mistakes. They're good hitters. I just didn't have it.''

The Royals stranded 11 runners and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Kansas City has lost seven of eight.

NO GORDON

Royals LF Alex Gordon, who hit .366 with six multihit games in the past 11 games he had started, was not in the lineup. Yost said he wanted to give Gordon two straight days off with the club idle Thursday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: RF Yairo Munoz left in the sixth inning with a sprained right wrist after swinging at a pitch. Adolis Garcia replaced Munoz and singled in the eighth for his first big league hit. ... OF Tyler O'Neill (right groin inflammation) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and struck out twice at Oklahoma City. ... RHP John Brebbia (right forearm tightness) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Monday. ... RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) threw batting practice at the club's complex in Jupiter, Florida. ''All reports of that were favorable,'' Shildt said. ''We'll see how he recovers.'' He said the team is evaluating whether Wainwright throws another batting practice or begins a minor league rehab assignment.

Royals: OF Brian Gordon (left groin strain) ran the bases as his final hurdle before coming off the disabled list. He said he is at about 80 percent.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Rookie RHP Jack Flaherty is 5-6 with a 3.27 ERA in 18 starts.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy will be facing the Cardinals for the first time since June 27, 2016.

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STL61-55
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KC35-80
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  • W: A. Gomber (2-0)L: B. Smith (1-4)S: D. Poncedeleon (1)
  • HR: STL - M. Carpenter (32), H. Bader (7), P. DeJong (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 1B51121021.280.391.600.9916.0
Y. Molina C32200000.288.334.480.8147.0
F. Pena C10100000.206.239.280.5191.0
J. Martinez DH40320100.298.363.458.8217.0
M. Ozuna LF50000026.269.314.390.703-1.0
P. DeJong SS51111023.243.321.430.7515.0
J. Gyorko 3B41100113.248.329.399.7282.5
K. Wong 2B30000101.226.312.366.6781.0
Y. Munoz RF20000003.284.348.428.7760.0
a- A. Garcia PH-RF20100010.167.167.167.3330.5
H. Bader CF42221013.273.336.411.7478.5
  • a-struck out for Munoz in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B40000102.297.365.421.7861.0
R. Herrera RF30000220.252.292.346.6381.0
S. Perez C30100002.231.272.424.6952.0
D. Butera C00000000.185.263.281.5450.0
H. Dozier 3B40000004.219.282.340.6220.0
L. Duda 1B40200000.239.309.400.7092.0
J. Bonifacio LF40100011.211.291.342.6331.5
B. Phillips CF40200003.232.295.393.6882.0
A. Mondesi SS40100005.258.270.425.6953.0
R. O'Hearn DH30000123.105.261.263.5240.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Y. Molina 2 (16), J. Martinez (21)
    • HR - M. Carpenter (32), P. DeJong (11), H. Bader (7)
    • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (65), J. Martinez 2 (65), P. DeJong (32), H. Bader 2 (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (26), J. Martinez (32), H. Bader 2 (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, M. Ozuna, J. Gyorko 3 (3), H. Bader 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bonifacio (10)
    • 3B - A. Mondesi
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier 4 (4), B. Phillips, A. Mondesi 3 (3), R. O'Hearn 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Carpenter; Gyorko-Wong-Carpenter)
    • E - K. Wong (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Merrifield)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Gomber (W, 2-0)5.04001303.451.3118.5
    C. Shreve1.01000104.101.462.5
    D. Poncedeleon (S, 1)3.02003101.230.8911.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Gomber (W, 2-0)5.0
    C. Shreve1.0
    D. Poncedeleon (S, 1)3.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Smith (L, 1-4)1.26551026.971.60-14.0
    G. Sparkman4.14221215.061.636.0
    J. Adam2.01000405.101.307.0
    B. Maurer1.010013010.002.502.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Smith (L, 1-4)1.2
    G. Sparkman4.1
    J. Adam2.0
    B. Maurer1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Gomber (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Gomber 89-57, C. Shreve 23-15, D. Poncedeleon 44-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Gomber 3-10, D. Poncedeleon 2-4
    • Batters Faced - A. Gomber 22, C. Shreve 4, D. Poncedeleon 12
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Sparkman 2 (2)
    • HBP - B. Smith (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 46-25, G. Sparkman 68-43, J. Adam 25-17, B. Maurer 19-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 2-2, G. Sparkman 7-4
    • Batters Faced - B. Smith 12, G. Sparkman 18, J. Adam 7, B. Maurer 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    STL61-55
    0500011007121
    KC35-80
    000000000070
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Carpenter 1B51121021.280.391.600.9916.0
    Y. Molina C32200000.288.334.480.8147.0
    F. Pena C10100000.206.239.280.5191.0
    J. Martinez DH40320100.298.363.458.8217.0
    M. Ozuna LF50000026.269.314.390.703-1.0
    P. DeJong SS51111023.243.321.430.7515.0
    J. Gyorko 3B41100113.248.329.399.7282.5
    K. Wong 2B30000101.226.312.366.6781.0
    Y. Munoz RF20000003.284.348.428.7760.0
    a- A. Garcia PH-RF20100010.167.167.167.3330.5
    H. Bader CF42221013.273.336.411.7478.5
    Total38712733920-----
    • a-struck out for Munoz in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B40000102.297.365.421.7861.0
    R. Herrera RF30000220.252.292.346.6381.0
    S. Perez C30100002.231.272.424.6952.0
    D. Butera C00000000.185.263.281.5450.0
    H. Dozier 3B40000004.219.282.340.6220.0
    L. Duda 1B40200000.239.309.400.7092.0
    J. Bonifacio LF40100011.211.291.342.6331.5
    B. Phillips CF40200003.232.295.393.6882.0
    A. Mondesi SS40100005.258.270.425.6953.0
    R. O'Hearn DH30000123.105.261.263.5240.0
    Total3307004520-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Molina 2 (16), J. Martinez (21)
      • HR - M. Carpenter (32), P. DeJong (11), H. Bader (7)
      • RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (65), J. Martinez 2 (65), P. DeJong (32), H. Bader 2 (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Carpenter 2 (26), J. Martinez (32), H. Bader 2 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Carpenter, M. Ozuna, J. Gyorko 3 (3), H. Bader 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bonifacio (10)
      • 3B - A. Mondesi
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier 4 (4), B. Phillips, A. Mondesi 3 (3), R. O'Hearn 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (DeJong-Wong-Carpenter; Gyorko-Wong-Carpenter)
      • E - K. Wong (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Gomber (W, 2-0)5.04001303.451.3118.5
      C. Shreve1.01000104.101.462.5
      D. Poncedeleon (S, 1)3.02003101.230.8911.5
      Total9.0700450---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Gomber (W, 2-0)5.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      D. Poncedeleon (S, 1)3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Smith (L, 1-4)1.26551026.971.60-14.0
      G. Sparkman4.14221215.061.636.0
      J. Adam2.01000405.101.307.0
      B. Maurer1.010013010.002.502.5
      Total9.01277393---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Smith (L, 1-4)1.2
      G. Sparkman4.1
      J. Adam2.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Gomber (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Gomber 89-57, C. Shreve 23-15, D. Poncedeleon 44-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Gomber 3-10, D. Poncedeleon 2-4
      • Batters Faced - A. Gomber 22, C. Shreve 4, D. Poncedeleon 12
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Sparkman 2 (2)
      • HBP - B. Smith (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Smith 46-25, G. Sparkman 68-43, J. Adam 25-17, B. Maurer 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Smith 2-2, G. Sparkman 7-4
      • Batters Faced - B. Smith 12, G. Sparkman 18, J. Adam 7, B. Maurer 5
      • 7TH INNING
        Martinez doubled to deep right center, Molina scored70
      • 6TH INNING
        Bader homered to left60
      • 2ND INNING
        Martinez singled to center, Molina scored50
        Carpenter homered to right center, Bader scored40
        Bader singled to center, Gyorko scored20
        DeJong homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brandon Maurer relieved Jason Adam
        • F. Pena: Ball, Pena singled to left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Pena to second
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Poncedeleon Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded into double play third to second to first, O'Hearn out at second
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Drew Butera catching
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Wong fouled out to catcher
        • A. Garcia: Garcia singled to shallow center
        • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Carpenter struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Francisco Pena catching
        • H. Dozier: Dozier popped out to third
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Duda singled to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio doubled to deep center, Duda to third
        • B. Phillips: Phillips lined out to pitcher
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina doubled to deep left
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Molina to third on wild pitch, Martinez doubled to deep right center, Molina scored
        • Jason Adam relieved Glenn Sparkman
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, DeJong struck out looking
        • J. Gyorko: Gyorko flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Poncedeleon relieved Chasen Shreve
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Hearn flied out to right
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked, Merrifield to second
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Herrera out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong flied out to deep center
        • Y. Munoz: Strike swinging
        • Garcia struck out swinging
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bader homered to left
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Carpenter grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chasen Shreve relieved Austin Gomber
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Duda flied out to center
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Phillips singled to center
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mondesi flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Ozuna flied out to deep center
        • P. DeJong: DeJong grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gyorko flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Gomber Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to center
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera grounded out to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to left
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Molina flied out to left
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Gomber Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Duda reached on an infield single to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio lined out to right
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Phillips singled to center, Duda to second
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi flied out to shallow center
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, DeJong grounded out to third
        • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gyorko singled to shallow right
        • K. Wong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wong walked, Gyorko to second
        • Y. Munoz: Munoz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gyorko to third, Wong out at second
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Gomber Pitching:
        • R. O'Hearn: Ryan O'Hearn facing Austin Gomber
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi tripled to deep right center
        • G. Sparkman: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Sparkman struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to center
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Herrera walked
        • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Perez hit by pitch, Herrera to second
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Smith Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, DeJong homered to center
        • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gyorko walked
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wong grounded out to shortstop, Gyorko to second
        • Y. Munoz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Munoz grounded out to shortstop, Gyorko to third
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bader singled to center, Gyorko scored
        • M. Carpenter: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Carpenter homered to right center, Bader scored
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Molina doubled to left center
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to center, Molina scored
        • Glenn Sparkman pitching
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Gomber Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier lined out to left
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda flied out to deep center
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Bonifacio safe at first on 2nd baseman Wong throwing error
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Phillips flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Smith Pitching:
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Carpenter fouled out to third
        • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Molina hit by pitch
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez singled to right, Molina to second
        • M. Ozuna: Strike (foul tip), Ozuna lined into double play second, Molina out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Gomber Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield popped out to first
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)