Cards' big inning all Flaherty needs as St. Louis tops KC
The Cardinals scored all the runs they'd need with five straight two-out hits in the third off Danny Duffy (7-11). Yadier Molina doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Martinez's single. Marcell Ozuna (triple), Paul DeJong (double) and Jedd Gyorko (single) followed with RBI hits to make it 4-0.
The Royals did get to Flaherty in the fifth when Ryan O'Hearn singled with one out and Alcides Escobar followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-2. Flaherty then retired the final eight batters he faced, including four by strikeout.
The Royals stirred in the eighth when Escobar drew a leadoff walk against Dakota Hudson before Adalberto Mondesi beat out an infield single. Whit Merrifield hit into a double play but Escobar raced home from third when Hudson threw a wild pitch on ball four to Alex Gordon.
Jordan Hicks then struck out Salvador Perez before closing out his third save with a scoreless ninth.
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