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Matt Carpenter helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber in a way no one has before Paul Krause Jersey , 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 Ronnie Lott Jersey , 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 Mitchell Schwartz Jersey , his sixth of the season.
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.
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.
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.
Jameson Taillon let a lead get away in his last start.
This time, he had the answer when he got in trouble.
Taillon struck out a career-high 10 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.
”You don’t want to live and die by the strikeout, but whenever you need it, you definitely want to be able to get it,” Taillon said. ”I felt like I got some pretty big ones in big spots. Those are the ones where it was cool.”
Taillon (6-7) surrendered one run on four hits with two walks in six innings. The right-hander struck out the side twice, once in the third inning and again in the fifth, when he got out of a jam after allowing a leadoff walk to Tyler Saladino followed by a single from Erik Kratz.
In his last start, Taillon allowed a 2-0 lead to slip away to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Right-handed reliever Edgar Santana replaced him with the score tied 2-2 Larry Csonka Jersey , and allowed the go-ahead run in what would be a 3-2 loss.
Jordy Mercer made sure a lack of run support wouldn’t spoil another solid outing from Taillon on Thursday. He tied a career high with four RBIs and went 3 for 4 with three singles, one of which knocked in two runs.
Pittsburgh’s 6-7-8 hitters of Josh Bell, Josh Harrison and Mercer finished a combined 5 for 7 with five RBIs and five walks.
”It seemed like we got some rallies going with two outs there,” Mercer said.
”It’s good to have those guys getting it going.”
The Pirates have won four of their past five games to pull to 10 1/2 games back of the first-place Brewers, who have lost four of six, in the NL Central.
Felipe Vazquez earned his 21st save by getting the final two outs. Michael Feliz allowed Eric Thames to cut the Pirates’ lead to 6-2 with a single up the middle before Christian Yelich made it 6-3 with a single off Vazquez and Jesus Aguilar grounded into a double play to end it.
”I think the small solace is that you get Vazquez in the game and make him throw,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ”Hopefully, if that can impact the rest of the series, maybe that’s a good thing.”
Wade Miley (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits in five innings with five strikeouts and five walks for Milwaukee.
”I’m just excited to be back out there,” Miley said. ”I would’ve liked to go a little deeper in the game, but it is what it is. You have to start somewhere.”
Miley allowed two two-out RBI singles to Mercer that put Pittsburgh ahead 2-1. Mercer’s first opened the scoring in the second when he drove a ball down the left-field line, scoring David Freese. Aguilar tied it at 1 with a home run, his 24th, to left-center field in the fourth.
Mercer gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead when he lined a single off Saladino’s glove and into left field to drive in Bell in the fourth. He made it 4-1 in the sixth with a two-run single, driving in Bell and Harrison Rasheem Green Jersey , and scored on a two-out single to right from Starling Marte, pushing it to 5-1.
Harrison, who was 2 for 2 with two walks, made it 6-1 with a double to left in the seventh.
”(Bell, Harrison and Mercer have) been going through some droughts together,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ”Tonight, they just bunched at-bats. They connected the dots for us. … A big shot in the arm for us on offense.”
Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress will replace Washington Nationals LHP Sean Doolittle on the National League All-Star team, Counsell said. Jeffress is 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA in 44 games this season.
Brewers: INF Nate Orf and RHP Jorge Lopez were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. RHP Freddy Peralta was optioned to Class-A Wisconsin. INF Eric Sogard was released.
Pirates: Hurdle said Pittsburgh is deciding whether to option OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis. Meadows did not start a fourth straight game Thursday since he went 1 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-5, 2.79) could win a fourth straight start when he faces the Pirates on Thursday. In his past three starts, Guerra has surrendered a combined five runs, including one in his past two starts.
Pirates: RHP Nick Kingham (3-4, 4.26) allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts, and had two RBIs, in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday.
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