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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty still hot after dousing Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0

The Brewers’ Lorenzo Cain can’t catch a ball hit by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter during the first inning Thursday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE — St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty put his frustrating history at Milwaukee’s American Family Field behind him.

These days, Flaherty is finding a way to win just about anywhere.

Flaherty became the major leagues’ first seven-game winner this year with a 2-0 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday as the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes extended his streak to 58 consecutive strikeouts before his first walk.

Flaherty had been 0-3 with a 7.07 ERA at the ballpark.

“You’ve got to find a way to push that to the side and focus on staying present,” Flaherty said.

The Brewers' Lorenzo Cain can't catch a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter during the first inning Thursday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

Flaherty (7-0) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two to help the Cardinals win a three-game series that featured dominant starting pitching. Nolan Arenado’s first-inning RBI single that put St. Louis ahead for good marked the only time in this series that either team scored before the sixth inning.

In his first appearance since April 26, Burnes (2-3) struck out nine among his first 14 outs before walking Tommy Edman with two outs in the fifth.

After starting Edman with a curveball for a called strike, Burnes threw a changeup and three straight cutters, the last a 3-1 pitch that sailed high.

“To go that long without one is pretty special,” Burnes said. “Now I guess I’ve got to start over.”

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