Cardinals righthander Dakota Hudson, who did not make a hit on 6/23 innings in Milwaukee on Monday, admitted the Colorado Rockies on Saturday at Busch Stadium.
And his teammates supported him royally, with Harrison Bader hitting a two-run homer in the second and Paul Goldschmidt banging his 29th homer of the season in the seventh as the Cardinals won 6-0. The shutout was the Cardinals' ninth of the season and fifth this month.
Hudson (13-6), allowed a second-inning double to Daniel Murphy and a sixth-inning single by Trevor Story and walked three. Tyler Webb, Giovanny Gallego and Dominic Leone finished with three scoreless frames, featuring Leone striking out the side.
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Over his last three starts, Hudson has not allowed himself a run and only hits in 18 2/3 innings. The shutout was caught by the Cardinals' Yadier Molina in games he has started. That ranks fourth all-time.
All was not good, though. Second baseman Kolten Wong had to leave the game in the seventh after fouling a ball off his right big toe. X-rays were negative but Wong was using crutches to get around the game and said he was in pain. OZUNA, BADER GIVE CARDS EARLY 4-0 JUMP
Marcell Ozuna, again brandishing a green sleeve on his right arm to have had good times he had in Miami and here last year and as an accessory for Players' Weekend _ knocked in two runs with a single on the first inning Saturday night. The Cardinals a 2-0 lead over the Colorado Rockies, Ozuna had five runs batted in for the two games of Players' Weekend.
"Tots" Bader then cracked his first homer since returning from the minors Tommy Edman with a blast to left in the second. Dakota Hudson a 4-0 lead.
Hudson, who carried a no-hitter for 6 2/3 innings in his last start before being replaced, allowed a second-inning double to Daniel Murphy but was scoreless for three innings.
The Cardinals in the fifth on walks to Dexter Fowler, Paul Goldschmidt and Ozuna and a dropped fly ball.
HUDSON LOOKS TO BUILD OFF NO-HIT START
Pitch count, like Father Time, remains undefeated, leaving Dakota Hudson with the historical equivalent of a no decision.
Before Hudson could become just the second person in four generations to throw a no-hitter in St. Louis, the number of pitches he got just got into the seventh inning got the better of him and made the decision for the Cardinals. Hudson needed 111 pitches to get through 6 2/3 innings, and even though he had made it to the Milwaukee Brewers,
The no-hitter was lost soon after it got into the bullpen.
Hudson, the Cardinals' rookie starter, makes his first start since that near no-no and brings a 12 2/3 inning scoring streak into Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies. As young pitcher, he's entering the workload zone. As a sinker bale, he has the pitch that invites and can not keep him efficient enough to turn 111 pitches, like he threw to the Brewers, into 24 outs, if not 27 outs.
Hudson has nearly lopped a 1/2 run This month, following Jack Flaherty into the heat as one of the Cardinals more reliable starters.
But he did not have the consistency. He's pitched through six innings in each of his previous to starts.
The Cardinals lineup that raced to an early 8-0 lead against the Rockies on Friday gets to encore Saturday, as the Cardinals celebrate the new class of members to the team's Hall of Fame. That puts Dexter Fowler atop the lineup. Tommy Edman at the bottom of the bench and Matt Carpenter off the bench.
Manager Mike Shildt said he has a day in mind for Carpenter's return to the starting lineup, but it's not in stone and the lineup remains "fluid."
The Cardinals have won 10 of their past 13 games to move into first place in the National League Central. A win on Saturday will give them a series win against the Rockies in this four-game set, and would give the Cardinals a 5-1 start to the seven-game home stand that concludes Sunday.
Here's the lineup that will back Dakota:
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