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Dakota Hudson, SP: He offered a ray of hope for the beleaguered Cardinals pitching staff by holding the Phillies to one run in six innings in the 5-3 victory Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia. That was his third straight quality start and his fourth in five outings. Hudson (4-3, 3.94 earned-run average) has allowed three runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts. He did walk 14 batters during that stretch, so there still is room for improvement.

Marcell Ozuna, OF: He is the one Cardinal who keeps producing runs. Ozuna went 2 for 4 with a solo homer Thursday, giving him 19 RBIs in his last 18 games. He ranks third in the National League with 49 RBIs, trailing only LA's Cody Bellinger (52) and Pittsburgh's Josh Bell (51).

Matt Wieters, C: He got his second consecutive start behind the plate with Yadier Molina resting his bruised hand again Thursday afternoon. And Wieters smacked a home run in his second straight game, a solo shot in the third inning. He went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, pushing his batting average up to .387 in limited duty. So there is no need to rush Molina back into the fray.

Jose Martinez, OF: As the Cardinals search for more offense, Martinez is always willing to remind manager Mike Shildt that he can hit. He went 2 for 6 in the last two games at Philadelphia to keep his batting average at .303. Martinez was hitless in 13 at bats during his previous seven games.

John Gant, RP: He earned his ninth hold of the season and lowered his ERA to 1.21 by getting the Cardinals through a scoreless eighth inning. Gant hasn't allowed a run in 21 of his first 24 games this season. If this team was winning more, he would be getting more attention as one of the game's best set-up men.


Kolten Wong, 2B: Well, the Cardinals did win Thursday afternoon with him in the leadoff role in place of the struggling Dexter Fowler. So there's that. But Wong went hitless in four at bats, leaving him 0 for 21 in his last six games with seven strikeouts. After starting fast (8 for 14 with a double and two homers) back in March, Wong hit .218 in April and .155 in  May. So how long can he remain the everyday second baseman hitting like this?

Paul DeJong, SS: Moving up to the No. 2 slot in the batting order did not jar him back into a good hitting groove. DeJong went hitless in four at bats during the game, leaving him just 1 for 22 with zero RBIs in his last eight games. After hitting .360 in April, he is batting just .206 in May.

Carlos Martinez, RP: Control remains an issue as he continues his latest comeback from shoulder problems. Martinez threw just 10 strikes in his 21 pitches Thursday while allowing two runs on two walks and a hit in the seventh inning. In his last three appearances, Martinez allowed three runs on three walks and four hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Tyler O'Neill, OF: After doing major damage during his early games back at the Triple-A level, O'Neill has cooled off for Memphis. He has slipped into a 1-for-23 rut in his last seven games. And with the Cardinals going with an extra relief pitcher these days, it may be a while before O'Neill gets back to the big leagues.

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Jeff Gordon is an online sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.