Game Report: Twins 4, Cardinals 1

It’s probably a good thing for the Cardinals that the Minnesota Twins play in the American League Central instead of the National League’s Central division.

That matchup has not gone well for the Cardinals, who once again were stymied by a young Twins pitcher, this time Jose Berrios, in losing Tuesday night’s game in Minnesota.

The Cardinals had just two hits, both singles in the third inning, and lost for the fifth consecutive time to the Twins, the third time this season, and for the fourth consecutive time in Minnesota. Their all-time regular-season record there s now 2-7, plus four consecutive losses at the Metrodome in the 1987 World Series, making them 2-11 overall in Minnesota.

The loss spoiled a good start from Jack Flaherty, who did not give up a run until the sixth inning and left with the game tied at 1.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The only hits for the Cardinals were a leadoff single by Harrison Bader in the third and a one-out single from Carson Kelly, producing his first RBI of the season … The Cardinals had only two baserunners after that, when Paul DeJong walked in the fifth and Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch in the eighth … For the second game in a row the Cardinals struck out 10 times against the opponent’s starting pitcher, with Tommy Pham striking out three times …. Matt Carpenter was back in the lineup, hitting second, after not starting the last three games but he went 0-of-4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .140 … Wong does not have a hit in his last 21 at-bats, the longest hitless streak of his career.

On the mound: Flaherty, called up from Memphis to make his third start of the season, allowed just two singles and a walk through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He gave up three consecutive two-out, two-strike singles, the final one driving in a run and ending his night, still without a win in the major leagues … Brett Cecil stranded the two runners he inherited from Flaherty, but gave up a leadoff double in the seventh and Luke Gregerson got into more trouble in the inning. His throwing error on a play at first base let the go-ahead run score before he gave up a two-run homer to Bobby Wilson, the Twins’ ninth-place hitter.

Key stat
: In their three losses to the Twins in the last nine days, the Cardinals are a combined 8-of-85 and have scored a total of two runs in 27 innings. They are a combined 4-of-56 in the last two games.

Worth noting: Manager Mike Matheny said he does not expect Carlos Martinez to be ready to start on Saturday as the team had hoped when he went on the disabled list. He is being treated for a right lat strain … If Martinez can’t pitch, the start will likely go to John Gant … To open the roster spot for Flaherty the Cardinals officially put Adam Wainwright on the disabled list for the third time this season. He is undergoing tests on his right elbow in St. Louis but the team has not said when it will know those results.

Looking ahead: Miles Mikolas, who has been the Cardinals’ best starter this season with a 5-0 record, will start the 12:10 p.m. game on Wednesday against former Cardinal Lance Lynn.