Flaherty pitches Cardinals past Phillies
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[May 21, 2018]
Rookie Tyler O'Neill hit his
second major league home run on Sunday, one day after his first, and
fellow rookie Jack Flaherty struck out 13 over 7 2/3 innings for his
first major league victory as the host St. Louis Cardinals knocked
off the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 to split a four-game series at
O'Neill, starting in left field as the Cardinals gave a day off to
struggling Marcell Ozuna, led off the bottom of the sixth inning
with a home run to center field off Phillies starter Aaron Nola, who
had given up only three home runs in 58 2/3 innings before Sunday.
It was only the Phillies' third loss in their last 11 games.
Flaherty (1-1), who recently returned to the rotation with the
injury to Adam Wainwright, gave up just two hits, one of them Rhys
Hoskins' sixth home run of the season. He walked just one while
throwing 120 pitches.
Flaherty, whose longest start this season had been 5 2/3 innings,
bested Nola (6-2), who had won five straight starts. Nola gave up
two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth. In six
innings, he allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out six.
Trailing 1-0 after Hoskins got a fastball that tailed out over the
plate and homered to left-center in the fourth inning, the Cardinals
took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
O'Neill, who had three hits on the day, led off with a single, and
Dexter Fowler followed with a walk.
Kolten Wong hit a ground ball to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, and
Fowler stopped in the baseline to avoid the tag. Hernandez threw to
first to get Wong, but first baseman Carlos Santana's throw to
second to try to get Fowler bounced near the base and trickled
toward shortstop, allowing O'Neill to score and Fowler to go to
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Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (32) pitches to
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Scott Kingery (4) during the fifth
inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY
Greg Garcia then took advantage of a drawn-in infield to single up
the middle and drive in Fowler.
O'Neill homered to lead off the Cardinals' sixth, and Garcia hit a
sacrifice fly to score Fowler later in the inning.
St. Louis added a run on a two-out rally in the seventh against
reliever Victor Arano when Jose Martinez singled in Matt Carpenter,
who had doubled for his third hit of the day and second double.
Carpenter, who was hitting .140 on May 15, has raised his average to
.194 with the three hits Sunday.
Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera had his streak of reaching base
successfully in 45 straight games end.
Herrera had a last chance to extend the streak in the ninth inning
against Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks. In a plate appearance that
featured five pitches between 103 and 105 mph, Herrera struck out
when he couldn't check his swing. Though he made it to first base
when the ball bounced away from catcher Francisco Pena, the streak
was over due to baseball statistical rules.
--Field Level Media
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