Flaherty shines and the Cardinals paint the Rangers white

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alec Burleson hit his first pitch for a home run in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Wednesday night, snapping Marcus Semien’s 25-game hitting streak.

Siemian went 0-for-4 this season to end the longest such streak in the majors and the longest by an infielder in his career.

It was the second-best streak in club history behind Gabe Kapler’s 28-hit game in 2000.

St. Louis snapped its own five-game losing streak and ended the Rangers’ five-game losing streak.

Jordan Hicks (1-3) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win, and Ryan Helsley finished with seven saves in 11 chances.

John Gray (6-2) pitched his second career complete game but took the loss to end a six-game hitting streak. He allowed four hits, walked once and had a year-high 12 strikeouts.

For the Cardinals, Venezuelan Willson Contreras is 3-0.

For Rangers, Cuban Adolis Garcia 1-0. Venezuela Sandy Leon 2-1. Dominican Leodi Taveras 1-0.

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