Carpenter hits two homers in Cardinals rout

He gave up six hits, including homers to Carpenter and Jose Martinez, and walked one on 48 pitches.

Prior to Tuesday, Kluber's shortest start had been two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.

His previous low this year was a five-inning game on June 15 against Minnesota when he took his third loss of the season.

The five hits matched a mark he set June 14, 2014 at Kansas City, and he was a triple shy of the cycle.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny made several fielding changes in the late innings to let players get some rest.

He said he considered pulling Carpenter but decided the potential cycle meant more than a couple of innings off.

Jose Martinez's 12th home run, a three-run blast to left field, chased Kluber.

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