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Kansas City at St. Louis

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Kansas City «411000010018100
St. Louis000230101007152

Royals 8, Cardinals 7 (11 innings)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- Kansas City third baseman Mark Teahen is in no hurry to leave St. Louis.

Teahen hit a solo homer and matched a career high with four RBI to help the Kansas City Royals beat the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 in 11 innings Saturday night.

The night before, Teahen hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth inning and later scored the winning run for the Royals, who have won the first two games of the series.

"I'd like to (stay)," Teahen said. "It's been pretty good the last few games."

The Royals blew a six-run lead and overcame a bases-loaded, no out situation in the 10th to win for the ninth time in 12 tries. St. Louis, which walked a season-high 10 batters, has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

"I guess it was a fun game for the fans," said Kansas City manager Buddy Bell. "We don't like playing games like that."

The Cardinals were poised to win the game in the bottom of the 10th off Kansas City reliever Luke Hudson (1-3), as they loaded the bases with no out. But Hudson got Aaron Miles to ground out to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who threw home for the force out. David Eckstein then struck out on a two-strike attempted squeeze bunt that was fouled off. Jim Edmonds, who had homered to tie the game in the ninth inning, flew out to center to end the inning.

"We had a chance to win it," said St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who called Eckstein's squeeze attempt a miscommunicatioin between him and third base coach Jose Oquendo. "It was a big loss."

Hudson also pitched the 11th inning to get his first win.

Jason Isringhausen (2-4) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, but gave up the home run to Teahen on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the 11th. That was the only hit that Isringhausen allowed.

"I knew 3-2, he wasn't going to throw me too much off speed and walk me to lead off the inning," Teahen said. "He got a pitch up, and I got to it."

Teahen has eight multihit games and has driven in 15 runs since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on June 3. He said his trip to Omaha helped him with his focus.

"I think it got me to relax a little bit and know exactly what I wanted to work on," Teahen said. "I'm just sticking with it and trying to do my part and not do too much."

David DeJesus went 4-for-6 with three runs scored for Kansas City.

Albert Pujols went 4-for-6 for the Cardinals.

Kansas City built a 6-0 lead, roughing up St. Louis starter Sidney Ponson for six runs in 2 2/3 innings.

DeJesus led off the game with a single and scored when Grudzielanek followed with a double. Ponson then walked Doug Mientkiewicz and Teahen drove him and Grudzielanek home with a double. Teahan later scored on Joey Gathright's ground out to short that made it 4-0.

Ponson, who allowed seven hits and walked five, gave up single runs in the second and third innings on an RBI single by Mientkiewicz and another RBI double by Grudzielanek.

The start by Ponson was the latest in a string of poor outings by Cardinals starters. The pitching staff had a National League worst 6.09 ERA in June, and La Russa said is refusing to blame the Cardinals' woes all on the starters.

"We're losing with our bullpen, we're losing with managing," LaRussa said. "Our offense is not scoring. Why would you pick on our rotation? We're all losing."

Kansas City starter Mark Redman, who went 5-0 in June, was not much better. Despite being given the big lead, Redman lasted just five innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.

St. Louis got on the board off Redman in the fourth when Albert Pujols singled with one out and Scott Rolen followed with a home run into the Royals' bullpen in left center.

Yadier Molina then led off the next inning with a 411-foot home run. The Cardinals would go on to score twice more in that frame on two-out, RBI singles by Scott Spezio and Pujols that cut the lead to 6-5. St. Louis tied the game on Spezio's home run off Joel Peralta with two out in the seventh.

But Kansas City came right back to take a 7-6 advantage in the eighth when reliever Randy Flores walked three straight batters, the last one being Teahen, to force in a run. St. Louis tied it in the ninth on Edmonds' pinch-hit home run with one out off Ambiorix Burgos, who blew his seventh save.

Notes

DeJesus has scored 24 runs in 31 games since returning from the disabled list May 29. ... Grudzielanek broke Frank White's team record for second baseman with his 71st consecutive game without an error. He is the only starting second baseman in the majors that has yet to make an error this season. ... After committing just 11 errors in June, the Cardinals had two errors Saturday with Pujols and second baseman Hector Luna each botching ground balls. ... Rolen has 34 RBI in his last 40 games. ... Edmonds' pinch-hit home run was the second of his career. His first came back on July 28, 1996 against Milwaukee as a member of the Angels.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

S. Spiezio
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF6340002
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B6232011
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B3111300
Reggie Sanders, RF4000212
    Luke Hudson, P0000000
Mark Teahen, 3B5224110
Angel Berroa, SS5000116
Paul Bako, C5000103
Joey Gathright, CF6001010
Mark Redman, P1000112
    Elmer Dessens, P0000000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000
   a- Esteban German, PH1000000
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000
   b- Matt Stairs, PH0000100
    Ambiorix Burgos, P0000000
    Emil Brown, RF0000000
Totals42810810616 
a-grounded out for Peralta in the 8th
b-walked for Wellemeyer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Mark Grudzielanek 3 (, Ponson, Ponson, Wainwright), Mark Teahen (, Ponson)
HR - Mark Teahen (, Isringhausen)
SH - Mark Redman ()
RBI - Mark Grudzielanek 2 (), Doug Mientkiewicz (), Mark Teahen 4 (), Joey Gathright ()
2-OUT RBI - Mark Grudzielanek (), Mark Teahen ()
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Grudzielanek-Mientkiewicz
PB - Paul Bako 2 ()
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman 5755052
Elmer Dessens (H,) 1100000
Joel Peralta (BS,) 1211101
Todd Wellemeyer (H,) 1100100
Ambiorix Burgos (BS,) 1111111
Luke Hudson (W,-) 2300130
IBB - Rolen by Joel Peralta
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 73-48, Elmer Dessens 19-9, Joel Peralta 21-12, Todd Wellemeyer 11-5, Ambiorix Burgos 25-15, Luke Hudson 35-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 7-3, Elmer Dessens 2-1, Joel Peralta 1-2, Todd Wellemeyer 1-1, Ambiorix Burgos 1-1, Luke Hudson 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 22, Elmer Dessens 4, Joel Peralta 6, Todd Wellemeyer 4, Ambiorix Burgos 5, Luke Hudson 10
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS6000024
Scott Spiezio, LF4222010
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000
    Randy Flores, P0000000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000
   a- Jim Edmonds, PH-CF2111003
Albert Pujols, 1B6141010
Scott Rolen, 3B4112202
Juan Encarnacion, RF5010013
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000
   b- John Rodriguez, PH1000011
Hector Luna, 2B-LF5010111
Yadier Molina, C5131002
    Timo Perez, PR0000000
    Gary Bennett, C0000000
So Taguchi, CF-RF4120101
Sidney Ponson, P0000000
    Josh Hancock, P2000021
   c- Aaron Miles, PH-2B3000004
Totals4771574922 
a-homered for Thompson in the 9th
b-struck out for Isringhausen in the 11th
c-flied out for Hancock in the 7th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (, Peralta), So Taguchi (, Redman)
HR - Scott Spiezio (, Peralta), Jim Edmonds (, Burgos), Scott Rolen (, Redman), Yadier Molina (, Redman)
RBI - Scott Spiezio 2 (), Jim Edmonds (), Albert Pujols (), Scott Rolen 2 (), Yadier Molina ()
2-OUT RBI - Scott Spiezio 2 (), Albert Pujols ()
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Scott Spiezio 1, So Taguchi 1
E - Hector Luna (, misplayed grounder), Albert Pujols (, misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Sidney Ponson 2.2766520
Josh Hancock 4.1000110
Adam Wainwright 0.2211000
Randy Flores0000300
Brad Thompson 1.1000100
Jason Isringhausen (L,-) 2111031
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 80-48, Josh Hancock 45-28, Adam Wainwright 8-5, Randy Flores 14-2, Brad Thompson 17-8, Jason Isringhausen 37-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 5-2, Josh Hancock 6-6, Adam Wainwright 1-0, Brad Thompson 3-1
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 21, Josh Hancock 14, Adam Wainwright 3, Randy Flores 3, Brad Thompson 5, Jason Isringhausen 7
Game Information
Attendance - 45035
Game Time - 4:03
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Angel Hernandez