Molina, Ozuna homer as Cards top Dodgers 7-2 for 4th in row

ST. LOUIS (AP) It took 14 pitches before Jack Flaherty finally got Justin Turner to ground into a double play that ended the first inning Wednesday night.

Flaherty didn't think such an early tussle was all that important to his entire outing, but his manager begged to differ.

''It was a double win,'' Mike Shildt said after Flaherty pitched the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. ''It enabled him to settle in and give us a really quality start.''

Yadier Molina and Marcell Ozuna homered, and Flaherty tossed six effective innings to help the Cardinals win their fourth in a row. They've outscored their opponents 19-6 during the winning streak and will go for a four-game sweep of Los Angeles on Thursday.

Max Muncy and Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.

Paul DeJong had three hits and drove in a run with a triple in the sixth. DeJong extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games. He is tied with San Francisco's Brandon Crawford for the longest current streak in the National League.

Flaherty (1-0) gave up three hits and one run in his 99-pitch effort. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. He has permitted one run over 11 innings in his last two starts.

His day started with a 23-pitch first inning that ended with the double play. He looked to the sky and breathed a sigh of relief after retiring Turner.

''They were all fastballs, sliders,'' Flaherty said. ''I kept throwing the ball. I (thought), just put it in play.''

Turner, who fouled off five consecutive 3-2 offerings, hit the ball right to DeJong at shortstop for an easy double play.

''You see 14 pitches off a starter in the first inning and try and get that count up, it helps,'' Turner said. ''But you don't want it to end in a double play.''

Molina, who drove in three runs, homered off Kenta Maeda (2-1) in the sixth to push the lead to a 5-1. Ozuna, who had three hits, added a two-run drive in the eighth.

The home run served as a bit of redemption for Ozuna, who fell face-first on the warning track after climbing the left field fence while trying to make a catch Tuesday.

''When you make a mistake, you've got to do better the next day,'' Ozuna said.

Maeda gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Pederson's one-out homer in the sixth brought the Dodgers to 2-1. Los Angeles has gone deep in 11 of 13 games this season.

''I feel that we're taking good at-bats at times,'' manager Dave Roberts said. ''We really didn't have a whole lot of opportunities.''

EVEN UP

The Cardinals and Dodgers have played each other 2,074 times since 1892. The series is even at 1,029-1,029 with 16 ties.

KERSHAW ON TRACK

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his season debut Sunday or Monday, according to Roberts.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner, bothered by shoulder inflammation during spring training, completed his second effective rehab appearance Tuesday night for Double-A Tulsa against Springfield. He went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

''He felt good coming out of it,'' Roberts said. ''He's lined up for Sunday or Monday, whichever makes the most sense.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: Placed C Russell Martin on the 10-day injured list with lower back inflammation and recalled C Rocky Gale from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Gale was 2 for 6 with three runs scored at Oklahoma City. He went 0 for 2 as a September call-up last season.

Cardinals: Ozuna was in the starting lineup after he tumbled off the outfield fence Tuesday when a long drive came up short of the wall.

UP NEXT

Los Angeles RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 6.75 ERA) will face RHP Michael Wacha (0-0, 1.54) in the series finale Thursday afternoon. Buehler has not allowed a run in two career starts against St. Louis, yielding five hits over 15 innings with 18 strikeouts. Wacha walked a career-high eight in a 6-4 loss to San Diego on Saturday.

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  • W: J. Flaherty (1-0)L: K. Maeda (2-1)
  • HR: LAD - J. Pederson (4), M. Muncy (4), STL - Y. Molina (1), M. Ozuna (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Seager SS40000023.222.340.333.673-1.0
J. Turner 3B40000001.271.368.292.6600.0
C. Bellinger 1B-RF40100000.426.483.9071.3911.0
M. Muncy 2B-1B41111021.256.354.615.9705.0
A. Verdugo RF20100000.348.348.7831.1301.0
a- E. Hernandez PH-2B20000021.359.458.6921.151-1.0
C. Taylor CF-LF30000031.100.270.233.504-1.5
A. Barnes C20000000.333.485.6251.1101.0
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S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Santana P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- A. Pollock PH-CF00000100.275.321.392.7141.0
  • a-struck out for Verdugo in the 7th
  • b-walked for Santana in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40100001.217.315.370.6841.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B41100012.200.333.600.9331.5
P. DeJong SS43310010.333.396.6671.0638.5
M. Ozuna LF42321011.262.295.524.81912.5
Y. Molina C41131001.208.255.354.6098.0
D. Fowler RF40110020.176.300.206.5061.0
K. Wong 2B40000011.325.391.6501.041-0.5
H. Bader CF20000100.200.317.400.7171.0
J. Flaherty P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Leone P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Mayers in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Pederson (4), M. Muncy (4)
  • RBI - J. Pederson (7), M. Muncy (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 2 (2), E. Hernandez, C. Taylor
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (2)
  • 3B - P. DeJong
  • HR - M. Ozuna (3), Y. Molina
  • SH - J. Flaherty (2)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (8), M. Ozuna 2 (7), Y. Molina 3 (7), D. Fowler
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt 2 (2), K. Wong
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Verdugo
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (L, 2-1)5.17551514.761.35-0.5
S. Alexander0.20000102.250.750.5
D. Santana1.01000002.451.092.0
J. Chargois1.022200110.801.80-1.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (L, 2-1)5.1
S. Alexander0.2
D. Santana1.0
J. Chargois1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 1-0)6.03110812.931.2428.0
T. Webb0.111100127.003.00-2.0
M. Mayers (H, 1)0.20000201.351.351.0
J. Brebbia (H, 2)1.00001000.000.692.0
D. Leone1.01000102.350.912.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 1-0)6.0
T. Webb0.1
M. Mayers (H, 1)0.2
J. Brebbia (H, 2)1.0
D. Leone1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 82-58, S. Alexander 7-6, D. Santana 17-11, J. Chargois 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 6-4, S. Alexander 1-0, D. Santana 3-0, J. Chargois 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 23, S. Alexander 2, D. Santana 4, J. Chargois 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Flaherty
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 99-69, T. Webb 11-5, M. Mayers 9-7, J. Brebbia 12-7, D. Leone 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 2-7, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 21, T. Webb 2, M. Mayers 2, J. Brebbia 4, D. Leone 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Chargois P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Seager SS40000023.222.340.333.673-1.0
J. Turner 3B40000001.271.368.292.6600.0
C. Bellinger 1B-RF40100000.426.483.9071.3911.0
M. Muncy 2B-1B41111021.256.354.615.9705.0
A. Verdugo RF20100000.348.348.7831.1301.0
a- E. Hernandez PH-2B20000021.359.458.6921.151-1.0
C. Taylor CF-LF30000031.100.270.233.504-1.5
A. Barnes C20000000.333.485.6251.1101.0
K. Maeda P20000021.333.333.6671.000-1.0
S. Alexander P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Verdugo in the 7th
  • b-walked for Santana in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter 3B40100001.217.315.370.6841.0
P. Goldschmidt 1B41100012.200.333.600.9331.5
P. DeJong SS43310010.333.396.6671.0638.5
M. Ozuna LF42321011.262.295.524.81912.5
Y. Molina C41131001.208.255.354.6098.0
D. Fowler RF40110020.176.300.206.5061.0
K. Wong 2B40000011.325.391.6501.041-0.5
H. Bader CF20000100.200.317.400.7171.0
J. Flaherty P10000000.250.250.250.5000.0
T. Webb P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Mayers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Martinez PH10000000.136.136.182.3180.0
J. Brebbia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Leone P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Mayers in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - J. Pederson (4), M. Muncy (4)
  • RBI - J. Pederson (7), M. Muncy (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager 2 (2), E. Hernandez, C. Taylor
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Ozuna (2)
  • 3B - P. DeJong
  • HR - M. Ozuna (3), Y. Molina
  • SH - J. Flaherty (2)
  • RBI - P. DeJong (8), M. Ozuna 2 (7), Y. Molina 3 (7), D. Fowler
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Goldschmidt 2 (2), K. Wong
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Ozuna (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - A. Verdugo
FIELDING
  • DP - (DeJong-Wong-Goldschmidt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Maeda (L, 2-1)5.17551514.761.35-0.5
S. Alexander0.20000102.250.750.5
D. Santana1.01000002.451.092.0
J. Chargois1.022200110.801.80-1.0
Total8.01077162---
PITCHERSIP
K. Maeda (L, 2-1)5.1
S. Alexander0.2
D. Santana1.0
J. Chargois1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Flaherty (W, 1-0)6.03110812.931.2428.0
T. Webb0.111100127.003.00-2.0
M. Mayers (H, 1)0.20000201.351.351.0
J. Brebbia (H, 2)1.00001000.000.692.0
D. Leone1.01000102.350.912.5
Total9.05221112---
PITCHERSIP
J. Flaherty (W, 1-0)6.0
T. Webb0.1
M. Mayers (H, 1)0.2
J. Brebbia (H, 2)1.0
D. Leone1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Maeda 82-58, S. Alexander 7-6, D. Santana 17-11, J. Chargois 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Maeda 6-4, S. Alexander 1-0, D. Santana 3-0, J. Chargois 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Maeda 23, S. Alexander 2, D. Santana 4, J. Chargois 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Flaherty
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Flaherty 99-69, T. Webb 11-5, M. Mayers 9-7, J. Brebbia 12-7, D. Leone 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Flaherty 2-7, T. Webb 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Flaherty 21, T. Webb 2, M. Mayers 2, J. Brebbia 4, D. Leone 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Ozuna homered to left, DeJong scored27
  • 7TH INNING
    Muncy homered to left25
  • 6TH INNING
    Molina homered to left center, DeJong scored15
    DeJong tripled to left, Goldschmidt scored13
    Pederson homered to right12
  • 4TH INNING
    Fowler singled to center, DeJong scored02
  • 2ND INNING
    Molina grounded out to third, Ozuna scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dominic Leone relieved John Brebbia
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Turner lined out to right
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bellinger singled to shallow center
    • M. Muncy: Muncy flied out to center
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • John Brebbia pitching
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Barnes flied out to center
    • A.J. Pollock hit for Dennis Santana
    • A. Pollock: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pollock walked
    • J. Pederson: Pederson flied out to center
    • C. Seager: Pickoff attempt, Seager flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • JT Chargois pitching
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, DeJong singled to shallow center
    • M. Ozuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna homered to left, DeJong scored
    • Y. Molina: Molina lined out to left
    • D. Fowler: Fowler grounded out to second
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Webb relieved Jack Flaherty
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to third
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Muncy homered to left
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Alex Verdugo
    • Mike Mayers relieved Tyler Webb
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Dennis Santana relieved Scott Alexander
    • H. Bader: Bader grounded out to shortstop
    • Jose Martinez hit for Mike Mayers
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter singled to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Goldschmidt grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • K. Maeda: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maeda struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson homered to right
    • C. Seager: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Seager struck out on foul tip
    • J. Turner: Turner flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goldschmidt singled to center
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong tripled to left, Goldschmidt scored
    • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
    • Y. Molina: Molina homered to left center, DeJong scored
    • Scott Alexander relieved Kenta Maeda
    • D. Fowler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
    • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Verdugo flied out to deep center
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Barnes popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bader grounded out to third
    • J. Flaherty: Strike looking, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Turner flied out to deep center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bellinger lined out to first
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeJong reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna singled to shallow right, DeJong to third, Ozuna out at second
    • Y. Molina: Molina flied out to right
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler singled to center, DeJong scored
    • K. Wong: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Wong grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Barnes hit by pitch
    • K. Maeda: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maeda struck out bunting foul
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pederson lined out to right
    • C. Seager: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager grounded into fielder's choice to third, Barnes out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bader walked
    • J. Flaherty: Foul, Flaherty hit sacrifice bunt to first, Bader to second
    • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Carpenter lined out to first
    • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goldschmidt grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bellinger fouled out to shortstop
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Verdugo singled to shallow center
    • C. Taylor: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ozuna doubled to deep left
    • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ozuna stole third, Molina grounded out to third, Ozuna scored
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
    • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wong struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Flaherty Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pederson singled to shallow right
    • C. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded out to second, Pederson out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Maeda Pitching:
    • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Carpenter flied out to center
    • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
    • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)