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Cardinals sweep Reds, Royals win fourth straight behind strong pitching

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the fifth inning of a baseball...
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, April 25, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(Jeff Roberson | AP)
Published: Apr. 25, 2021 at 4:32 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2021 at 4:47 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Tyler O’Neill homered twice and Jack Flaherty tossed seven sharp innings as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Cincinnati 5-2 Sunday, the Reds’ seventh straight loss.

O’Neill, who came off the injured list on Friday after missing 13 games with a right groin strain, hit solo home runs in the second and fifth innings.

The Reds’ skid is their worst since an eight-game slide from March 31-April 7, 2019.

Cincinnati manager David Bell was ejected in the sixth inning. He became upset after Jonathan India was hit on the helmet by a pitch from Flaherty. India stayed in the game to run the bases but was removed after the inning.

Jesse Winker homered for the Reds and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest active string in the majors.

Flaherty (4-0) retired the first 10 batters and allowed just three hits in a 95-pitch stint. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

Alex Reyes earned his fifth save. He got Tucker Barnhart to ground out with the bases loaded to end the game

O’Neill was 0 for 4 in his return prior to Sunday. The two-homer game was the second of his career — he connected for pair of two-run homers in a 7-0 win over Pittsburgh on June 15, 2019.

Dylan Carlson added three hits and drove in a run. Paul Goldschmidt had two RBIs.

Luis Castillo (1-2) gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Tyler Naquin added a pinch-hit, RBI single in the Reds eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: INF Mike Moustakas remains sidelined with a viral infection. He hopes to return sometime during the Reds three-game series that begins on Monday in Los Angeles.

Cardinals: C Yadier Molina missed his second successive game with sore tendon in his right foot. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt says he could have played on Sunday, but the team is taking a cautious approach.

“We don’t want to do anything to compromise anything on a long-term basis,” Shildt said.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-1, 1.74) will face Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Julio Urias (3-0, 2.81) on Monday in the first of a three-game set in Los Angeles. Left-handed hitters are just 3 for 43 this season against Mahle with 20 strikeouts this season.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (0-2, 5.03) will face Philadelphia RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.80) on Monday in the first of a four-game set in St. Louis. Wainwright is 7-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 14 lifetime starts against the Phillies.

DETROIT (AP) - Danny Duffy pitched five scoreless innings, and the Kansas City Royals kept Detroit’s offense quiet again in a 4-0 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.

A day after the Royals prevailed 2-1 in a game that took 2 hours, 10 minutes, Duffy (3-1) allowed four hits while striking out eight. He’s allowed one earned run in 23 innings so far this season.

Hunter Dozier hit a solo homer for the AL Central-leading Royals, who have won four straight. Kansas City has allowed only three runs through the first three games of this series.

Detroit starter Michael Fulmer yielded one hit in three scoreless innings, but reliever Tarik Skubal (0-3) gave up runs in the fifth and sixth. The Tigers have lost nine of 10.

Michael A. Taylor singled to lead off the fifth and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. He then stole third and came home on a bloop single by Whit Merrifield.

Dozier homered an inning later to make it 2-0. Carlos Santana added a two-run single in the ninth.

Merrifield had two of Kansas City’s four stolen bases on the day.

The Royals clinched their first series victory at Comerica Park since Sept. 4-6, 2017, and they have now won a four-game series at Detroit for the first time since June 16-19, 2014.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: C Wilson Ramos appeared to have an issue with his right hand after a wild pitch in the sixth, but he remained in the game. ... 1B Miguel Cabrera (left biceps strain) was reinstated from the injured list. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and made an error in the field. Manager A.J. Hinch said Cabrera would have a couple scheduled off days on the team’s upcoming road trip.

UP NEXT

The Tigers send Spencer Turnbull (1-0) to the mound for Monday’s series finale against Kansas City’s Brad Keller (1-2). Keller retired just five of the 13 batters he faced in his most recent start Tuesday.

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