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Kim earns 5th straight win on birthday, Cards beat Cubs 3-2

Kim earns 5th straight win on birthday, Cards beat Cubs 3-2

ST. LOUIS — Kwang Hyun-Kim earned his fifth straight win on his 33rd birthday and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Thursday night.Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson homered as the Cardinals improved to a game over .500 at 49-48. It’s the Cardinals first winning record since being 36-35 after winning the first game of a doubleheader at Atlanta on June 20.“I don’t think that the goal here is just to finish over .500.” Arenado said. “We’re looking at way more important things, and we’ve just got to continue to compete. We should finish over .500, but we want to get into the playoffs.“This series, it was a tough series,” Arenado said. “We had one tough loss. To come back these last two days with the same energy, same fire, it’s really important. I think that’s what winning teams do.”Kim (6-5) allowed two runs on two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in six innings.“The past two months, I did not have a win, so that was really a tough time,” Kim said via interpreter Craig Choi. “Since today was my fifth consecutive win, I want this to extend for two months to the end of the season.”Kim’s last loss came in the second game of the doubleheader on June 20.“He’s been really good with every outing,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s given us more than a chance to win, which we’ve done. Good tonight, ahead of hitters, got leadoff hitters out.”Ryan Helsley and T.J. McFarland each pitched a scoreless inning. Alex Reyes pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 23rd save after suffering his first career blown save on Tuesday night.Carlson lined a 3-2 pitch over the right field wall for his ninth home run of the season. It was his first career leadoff home run and first for the Cardinals this season.Arenado plated Carlson in the third inning with his team-leading 19th homer of the season, giving St. Louis a 3-0 lead.Adbert Alzolay (4-10) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts in six innings. He is winless in his last seven starts.“I thought Adbert threw the ball pretty well,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He settled in and it was nice for him to get up over 100 pitches and give us six complete. It was a really nice outing by him.”Jake Marisnick hit a two-run double to right-center field in the fourth inning to cut the Cardinals lead to 3-2. He is the first hitter to get an extra base hit off Kim since Pittsburgh’s Kevin Newman doubled on June 25.Marisnick’s hit snapped Kim’s then MLB-best 24 2/3-inning scoreless streak. It was the third-longest by a Korean-born pitcher, trailing only Chan Ho Park’s 33 innings and Hyun Jin Ryu’s 32-inning streak. Kim had not allowed an earned run in July before this outing.“I did notice that about the streak,” Kim said. “I saw the article and I kind of wished someone didn’t write the article because after the article was released normally I do give up runs.Play was stopped for about four minutes in the bottom of the seventh after Dillon Maples hit Edmundo Sosa in the helmet with a 95 mph fastball. Cubs catcher Willson Contreras immediately summoned the Cardinals training staff. After a few anxious minutes of tests and observation, Sosa remained in the game.NO MORE STREAKING:Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt went hitless in two at-bats, with a pair of walks, snapping the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 16 games. Goldschmidt also reached 10 years of major league service time.CALL FOR ARMS:The Cubs recalled RHP Trevor Megill and optioned INF Sergio Alcántra to Triple-A Iowa. Megill allowed six runs without recording an out in his last big league appearance June 28 at Milwaukee.TRAINER’S ROOM:Cubs: INF/OF Kris Bryant (hamstring fatigue) was held out of the starting lineup, but walked as a pinch hitter for Ian Happ in the top of the eighth inning. He was immediately removed for pinch runner Jason Heyward. Ross said prior to the game Bryant should be ready to start Friday.Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (oblique) threw an extended pregame bullpen session. Shildt said if he emerges unscathed, he could face hitters next time he throws. … RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (shoulder) pitched a scoreless inning Thursday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis.UP NEXT:Cubs: RHP Zach Davies (5-6, 4.35 ERA) will oppose Arizona RHP Zac Gallen (1-4, 3.86 ERA) as Chicago opens a seven-game homestand Friday.Cardinals: LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-2, 4.31 ERA) will start against Cincinnati Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (7-3, 3.93 ERA) as St. Louis opens a five-game road trip. LeBlanc is 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 33 1/3 career innings against the Reds.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Martínez ends skid, Arenado homers, Cards top D-backs 3-2

Martínez ends skid, Arenado homers, Cards top D-backs 3-2

Carlos Martínez ended a seven-start winless streak, Nolan Arenado broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 for their first consecutive wins in two weeksBy DAVID SOLOMON Associated PressJune 30, 2021, 4:34 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleST. LOUIS — Carlos Martínez ended a seven-start winless streak, Nolan Arenado broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Tuesday night for their first consecutive wins in two weeks.Martínez (4-9) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in six innings. He had been 0-5 in seven starts since beating Colorado on May 8.“I had a lot of frustration the last five starts,” Martínez said. ”Right now I feel comfortable. Today was my best focus this season.”Adam Wainwright had been the only Cardinals starter with a win since John Gant’s victory at the Chicago White Sox on May 26. Martínez improved to 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 14 appearances against the Diamondbacks.Alex Reyes pitched two innings for his 19th save in 19 chances, finishing a six-hitter.Arizona lost its third straight on the road since winning Saturday at San Diego to end a record 24-game road losing streak. The Diamondbacks are a major league-worst 22-59, including 10-35 away from home.“I think this group, based on the reaction that I’ve seen over the last few weeks, there’s a lot of frustration and a lot of pain,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’ve got to just take that pain and frustration and turn it into growth. I think that’s what winning people do.”Caleb Smith (2-4) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings while striking out eight.Arenado lined a 2-2 fastball just inside the left field foul pole for his team-leading 16th home run.“He’s always been a tough at-bat for me,” Arenado said about Smith. “I tried to get his fastball down, and even though I swung at a ball there I was able to get on top of that ball and, obviously, it went out of the ballpark.”Smith appeared to have caught Tommy Edman leaving for second base too early for the final out of the fifth inning, but his throw caromed past first baseman Pavin Smith allowing Edman to advance to third and Arenado to bat.Eduardo Escobar cut the deficit with an RBI single in the sixth, but Edman singled in a run in the bottom half.Andrew Miller forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to Smith in the seventh.FOREVER YOUNGArizona recalled INF/OF Andrew Young from Triple-A Reno and optioned LHP Alex Young to Reno, a night after he allowed six runs in the seventh inning and took the loss.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF Kole Calhoun (strained left hamstring) started in right field and went 0 for 1 for Triple-A Reno before being removed from the game in the fourth inning.Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader (fractured rib) went 1 for 2 with a walk and started in center field in his first game with Triple-A Memphis on a rehabilitation assignment.UP NEXT:RHP Riley Smith (1-3, 5.71 ERA) will be making his sixth start of the season and first since May 14 vs. Washington in Wednesday’s series finale. LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (1-5, 3.98 ERA) will start for St. Louis. Kim allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings at Arizona on May 30 in his only career appearance against the Diamondbacks.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Pirates snap 9-game losing streak vs. Cardinals with 8-2 win

Pirates snap 9-game losing streak vs. Cardinals with 8-2 win

Bryan Reynolds had a three-run homer among his three hits, Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak against the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-2 victoryBy DAVID SOLOMON Associated PressJune 25, 2021, 4:30 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleST. LOUIS — Bryan Reynolds had a three-run homer among his three hits, Chad Kuhl pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a nine-game losing streak against the St. Louis Cardinals with an 8-2 victory Thursday night.Adam Frazier and Phillip Evans also homered for Pittsburgh in its first win over St. Louis since Sept. 18, 2020.Kuhl (2-4) allowed one run and three hits with two strikeouts and three walks in six innings to improve to 2-3 in 10 career starts against the Cardinals.“He is more in control,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Kuhl. “He’s staying more focused. I think at times before when we saw him throw a bad pitch, it affected two or three pitches. Now if he throws a pitch where he doesn’t want to, he comes back and executes the next pitch.”St. Louis has lost four in a row and 15 of its last 20 since June 2.“I don’t think we’ve necessarily done the greatest job of kind of making a game plan for how guys are going to throw us day by day and working on things pregame that are specifically tailored to prepare ourselves for that,” Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman said.Carlos Martínez (3-9) allowed five runs and five hits with seven walks, including one intentional, in five innings. He is 0-5 with a 13.73 ERA and 17 walks over 19 2/3 innings in five starts in June.Reynolds’ 13th home run of the season gave the Pirates a 5-1 lead. Reynolds has hit safely in nine straight games, going 17 for 36 (.486) in that span.“I think it just comes back to my timing and getting my barrel ready to fire, not having it wrapped so far around my head,” Reynolds said. “I really think that’s it, just that will allow my barrel to get to the ball more consistently.”Frazier homered off Wade LeBlanc to give the Pirates a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning.Evans’ eighth-inning blast off LeBlanc was his fifth home run of the season and first career pinch-hit homer.The first three Pirates reached base to start the game as Frazier walked, Ke’Bryan Hayes singled and Reynolds drove in Frazier with an RBI single.“They’ve really done a nice job,” Shelton said about the top of his lineup. “We didn’t have those guys for a long stretch of time and when we have it, they put up really consistent at-bats.”Lars Nootbaar lined a single to center field in his first Busch Stadium at-bat to score Tyler O’Neill, cutting the St. Louis deficit to 2-1. Nootbaar made his major league debut Tuesday night in Detroit.ON-BASE MACHINEHayes has reached base in 28 straight games dating to Sept. 19, 2020, including all 20 games he has played in this season. It’s the longest active streak in the majors, and the longest for a Pirates rookie since Arky Vaughan reached base in 33 straight games in 1932.LINEUP SHUFFLEEdman batted sixth in the lineup after leading off in his previous 71 starts. Rookie Dylan Carlson went 2 for 4 in his third start in the leadoff spot this season.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Luis Oviedo (left quad strain) worked out on the field before the game in St. Louis.Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader (fractured rib) is playing in games at extended spring training in Jupiter, Florida.UP NEXTPirates RHP Wil Crowe (0-4, 4.62 ERA) is looking for his first career win. He is 0-6 in 13 appearances, including 12 starts, since debuting with Washington last season. LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (1-5, 3.60 ERA) will start for St. Louis. He hasn’t won since April 23 against Cincinnati. He’s 0-5 in his last nine starts.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports