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ST. LOUIS — Nolan Arenado showed the Colorado Rockies some of what they've been missing. Arenado doubled in his first at-bat against his former team and went 2 for 4 Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0. “Kind of weird,” he said before the game. “Anxiousness, a little bit, I guess in a way. But it will be cool to see some of the guys that I'm really close with and stuff like that. There's some guys I definitely miss as people.” Jack Flaherty hit his first career home run and became the major leagues’ first six-game winner. Arenado, a five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner during with seasons in Colorado, was traded to the Cardinals on Feb. 1 for five players, including pitcher Austin Gomber. Arenado doubled off Gomber (2-4) in the second, then struck out and grounded out. Arenado added a single against Lucas Gilbreath in the eighth He had looked at the schedule more for when the Cardinals go to Colorado from July 1-4 than toward this series. “I want them to do well,” he said. “Hopefully not this series.” Colorado dealt Arenado after he feuded with the front office, which failed to build a strong team around him. “I guess my only regret would probably be that I let it get to the media,” Arenado said. “I have no regrets beside that.” Rockies general manger Jeff Bridich was forced out in late April. While Arenado keeps track of his cousin, Josh Fuentes, and texts Trevor Story, Arenado admitted “I don't even know what they're record is.” Part of the difficulty in keeping up is being in a different time zone. “I haven't really been looking at it as serious as I thought I would. I though I'd be paying attention to it a lot,” Arenado said. “I really haven't. Just kind of keep up with certain guys.” Flaherty (6-0) gave up three hits in seven innings, struck out six and walked one, retiring his final 13 batters. He lowered his ERA to 2.83. “I think any win we have is going to be a team win,” he said. “Everyone is going to do something. Very rarely are you going to win a game by yourself. The pitcher could go out and throw a no hitter and drive in a run, but the guys around you have to make plays and the catcher has to call a good game.” Trevor Story walked with two outs in the third, Colorado’s last runner until Raimel Tapia singled starting the ninth. Colorado briefly had the bases loaded in the first after Garrett Hampson singled just beyond the infield in left. But Charlie Blackmon rounded second and couldn’t get back in time, and shortstop Paul DeJong threw behind him for the third out. “It’s nice,” Cardinals Mike Shildt said. “Guys came off the field feeling good about it. Heads-up play by Pauly. That’s how the guys play. They’re looking to make plays all of the time.” Flaherty homered in the third inning against Gomber in his 117th big league at-bat. The drive, on a 91.5 mph fastball with a 3-1 count, went 416 feet and landed just into the Rockies’ bullpen in left. It was the second-longest home run by a Cardinals pitcher, according to Statcast, trailing only a 426-foot drive by Miles Mikolas at Coors Field on Aug. 24, 2018. "As pitchers, when we hit, we try to make things very simple," Flaherty said. "Sometimes you get lucky swings.” Harrison Bader hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the third for the Cardinals, who have won seven of nine. Colorado had a two-game winning streak stopped and has lost seven of nine. "The home run by Bader was a little bit of a backbreaker because of the way Flaherty was pitching,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We just couldn’t mount any attack against Flaherty. They beat us on the mound. They beat us at the plate.” Gomber gave up five runs and six hits in five innings. Dylan Carlson had an RBI single in the fifth and Paul Goldschmidt a run-scoring grounder. CROWDED HOUSE The game drew 13,435, the season high in St. Louis. TRAINERS ROOM Rockies: 1B C.J. Cron (lower back tightness) was a late scratch from the starting lineup. Cardinals: C Yadier Molina (right foot tendon) took batting practice and played catch on the field before the game. Molina was eligible to come off the 10-day injured list on Friday and is expected to return soon. UP NEXT Colorado RHP Chi Chi González (1-0, 4.38), who hasn’t figured in a decision since pitching two innings for a win on opening day, starts against St. Louis RHP Carlos Martínez (2-4, 3.72), who pitched eight shutout innings to beat Pittsburgh last weekend. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Francisco Lindor blamed his apparent dugout dustup with Jeff McNeil on a runaway rodent. One saw a rat, he claimed, and the other a raccoon. The story stunk like a skunk, but either way, the night ended in a New York Mets victory. Lindor gathered himself and hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning, setting up the Mets' extra-innings rally to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Friday night. New York walked off with a victory when designated runner Pete Alonso scored on pinch-hitter Patrick Mazeika’s fielder’s choice. A day after snapping an 0-for-26 slide with a ninth-inning single in St. Louis, Lindor produced his biggest moment since signing a $341 million, 10-year deal with the Mets. He tied the game by hitting a 2-2 changeup from left-hander Caleb Smith. The drive came a half-inning after he and second baseman McNeil combined to misplay a popup. Moments later, after the inning ended, Mets players rushed into the tunnel adjacent to their dugout, sensing a commotion. Lindor acknowledged after the game that he and McNeil were having a disagreement, but he claimed it had nothing to do with baseball. “It was funny, I told him, I was like, ‘I’ve never seen a New York rat,'" Lindor said, grinning widely. “So we went down sprinting. I wanted to go see a New York rat, and (McNeil) got mad at me and was like ’It’s not a rat, it’s a racoon.'” McNeil's story matched Lindor's, and he added the Mets “just like to have fun.” As for anyone else: “They can believe whatever they want," he said. Lindor said he was upset with himself after the popup, and that his relationship with McNeil was good. “I can bring him out and give him a kiss on the cheek if you want," he said. " Manager Luis Rojas said he did not see what happened, only that Lindor told him the Mets were going to win the game: “I don’t know,” Rojas said. “At that point in the game something was going on. I heard some scrambling, the guys going down to the tunnel. I went down to check and when I went down to check and I got there, the one thing that I ran into was Francisco telling me, ’Let’s go play ball, let’s go play ball, Luis,' and we just came back up.” After rounding the bases on his homer, Lindor exchanged fist bumps with Tomas Nido, who drew a walk to start the inning, and Michael Conforto, who was waiting in the on-deck circle. Conforto was among the first who flew toward the tunnel during the exchange. Shortly after Lindor’s second homer as a Met, billionaire owner Steve Cohen tweeted: “That was BIG”. Mazeika softly hit a 2-2 pitch from Stefan Crichton (0-1) to the first base-side of the mound to score Alonso, who dived head-first across the plate. Before his homer, Lindor heard boos when he flied out in the fifth with a runner on first. Lindor went 2 for 5 and produced his second multi-hit game as a Met. His other was April 14 against Philadelphia. Aaron Loup (1-0) tossed a scoreless 10th for the win. Conforto and Jonathan Villar hit RBI singles off Arizona starter Zac Gallen as the Mets moved over the .500 mark at 14-13 for the first time since April 25 in their first home game since hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater were fired Monday. The Diamondbacks lost their fourth straight after taking a 4-0 lead by scoring all their runs without a hit. Arizona hit 10 singles but went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13. “These are the types of games that make your hair fall out and your hair grayer,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. Tim Locastro drove in a run by getting hit on the foot to start a three-run second inning off David Peterson. Carson Kelly and Christian Walker drew bases-loaded walks to make it 3-0 and chase Peterson. Gallen reached twice by drawing Arizona’s first walk of its two-out rally and then beat out a double play grounder in the third that scored former Mets player Asdrubal Cabrera. Gallen allowed a run on three hits in six innings. He struck out five, walked four and dodged significant trouble each inning on a 56-degree night in a game where he made 15 pickoff throws to first base. Peterson allowed three runs and three hits in a career-low 1 2/3 innings. TRAINER’S ROOM Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly was activated off the injured list and will start Saturday. Kelly was placed on the injured list Tuesday and said he was in the COVID-19 protocol. Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (right lat inflammation) played catch and threw a side session that manager Luis Rojas said went well. The Mets will assess how deGrom feels Saturday before deciding if he will start Sunday. ... IF Luis Guillorme (strained right oblique) felt pain while swinging and will not be activated Sunday when he is eligible. ... RHP Matt Allan, New York’s top pitching prospect, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in the next few weeks. UP NEXT RHP Merrill Kelly (2-2, 5.79) starts for Arizona after being activated off the injured list Friday. The Mets did not announce a starter for Saturday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SPorts Larry Fleisher, The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Mikko Rantanen scored his 30th goal of the season, Cale Makar had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Friday night. Tyson Jost also scored, Philipp Grubauer made 15 saves and the Avalanche remained four points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first in the West Division. Brendan Lemieux and Gabriel Vilardi scored for Los Angeles. Cal Petersen made 34 saves as the Kings were eliminated from playoff contention. Despite falling behind early on Lemieux’s fourth goal 2:12 into the game, Colorado soon showed why it came in tied with Pittsburgh for the highest-scoring offence in hockey at 3.49 goals per game despite not having top centre Nathan MacKinnon available because of a lower-body injury. Rantanen tied it at 1-all on the power play at 5:49. It was Rantanen’s 30th goal of the season in 48 games to become the third Avalanche player to score 30 goals in fewer than 50 games. Joe Sakic had 30 goals in 44 games in 1995-96 and Nathan MacKinnon reached the mark in 49 games in 2019-20. Colorado went up 2-1 on Jost’s goal 2:56 into the second, beating Petersen five-hole for his fifth goal. Makar made it 3-1 at 10:02, showing off his skating before burying a wrist shot from the right circle. It was his 10th multipoint game after notching an assist on Rantanen’s ninth power-play goal. Alex Newhook, who was drafted 16th overall in 2019, had the secondary assist for his first career point. Vilardi got the Kings back to 3-2 with 2:34 remaining in the third but could not come up with the tying goal. DOWN A MAN The Avalanche finished with five defencemen after Patrik Nemeth was hurt in the second period and did not return. Nemeth got his feet tangled up with Kings centre Jaret Anderson-Dolan and fell into the boards, but he was able to skate off under his own power. UP NEXT The Avalanche and Kings will play again in Los Angeles on Saturday. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Greenspan, The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Jonathan Marchessault scored with 17 seconds left in overtime to lift the Vegas Golden Knights to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez, and Nic Roy scored in regulation for Vegas, which won after trailing by two goals for the sixth time this season. The Golden Knights also inched closer to winning their third division title in four seasons since joining the NHL in 2017. Robin Lehner stopped 22 shots to improve to 16-3-2 since joining the Golden Knights last season. Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, and Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 31 saves. The teams wrap up their season series on Saturday. Smith opened the scoring late in the first when he gathered a pass from Nic Hague at the doorstep and tapped it home with 6:37 left in the period. The lead wouldn’t last, though, as O’Reilly took Tyler Bozak’s pass from behind the net and buried a short-handed goal to tie it with 1:52 left in the first period. O’Reilly has 12 points over his last eight games. St. Louis scored two goals in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds to take a brief 3-1 lead in the second period. First, it was Perron, who came off the bench in time to receive Zach Sanford’s cross-ice pass to the bottom of the right circle and fired the puck past Lehner to make it 2-1. Marco Scandella registered his 100th career assist on Perron’s goal. Moments later, Schwartz ripped a shot from a tight angle just in front of the goal line, sneaking the puck under Lehner and just inside the far post to make it a two-goal game. With energy seemingly deflated from the NHL’s biggest crowd of the season, Martinez ignited the 7,567 in attendance when he blasted a one-timer from the point to cut St. Louis’ lead back down to one with 8.2 seconds left in the second period. Roy provided an equalizer midway through the final period, when he grabbed the loose puck after a scramble in front, spun around in the right circle, and roofed a wrist shot past Binnington glove side. It was Roy’s 10th point in his last 15 games. The Blues had a good opportunity to regain the lead when Lehner slipped while backpedaling, and Kyle Clifford skated around the back of the net to the opposite side — only to be stopped by Martinez, who dropped into a butterfly stance and stuffed the wraparound attempt. — More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports W.G. Ramirez, The Associated Press