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Kansas City at St. Louis

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Kansas City (21-21)000000000050
St. Louis (25-17) «20000012x570

Cardinals 5, Royals 0

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ST. LOUIS -- Lately, the St. Louis Cardinals' rotation has been virtually untouchable. Even struggling Todd Wellemeyer was dominant Friday night.

"I want to get on that thing and keep riding it as long as we can," Wellemeyer said after taking a three-hitter into the seventh inning of a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals, the fourth straight solid outing by a Cardinals starter. "I don't think it's contagious. Maybe it is, I don't know. We'll keep the ball rolling, though."

The Cardinals leaned on rookies for offense. Nick Stavinoha had a two-run single in the first off Kyle Davies (2-3), who later retired 15 in a row. Tyler Greene hit his second career homer in the seventh for the Cardinals, whose stingy starters have allowed one run in 28 2/3 innings during the winning streak.

  Ludwick expected to return next Friday

The Royals have lost 10 of 13 and dropped to .500 (21-21) for the first time since they were 10-10 on April 28. Manager Trey Hillman said he'd alter the lineup on Saturday, likely moving No. 2 hitter Alberto Callaspo back down in the order to sixth or seventh.

Callaspo was 0 for 4 Friday and is 2 for 16 overall with no RBI in six games near the top of the lineup.

"I'll shake it up a little," Hillman said. "I mean, I feel like I need to do something. We'll probably do that tomorrow and see if we can at least plate one run."

Jason Motte struck out pinch-hitters Willie Bloomquist and Billy Butler with runners on second and third to preserve a 2-0 lead in the seventh and ended up with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. The Cardinals have outscored the opposition 13-2 during the streak, including their second and third shutouts of the season, and this was the first game that wasn't close.

Wellemeyer (4-4) retired the first six hitters and 11 of the first 12 to distance himself from two previous starts in which he allowed 11 runs in 10 innings, finding his footing against the team that waived him in May 2007. Wellemeyer walked a career-worst seven in his last outing against the Brewers, but had much better control against Kansas City with three walks and three strikeouts while allowing four hits in six-plus innings.

He said the biggest difference was not over-thinking on the mound.

"I just kind of went out there just going right after them, which was what I wanted to do," Wellemeyer said. "Just pitch and hit the catcher's mitt, that's all I tried to do."

Wellemeyer entered 1-3 with a 6.51 ERA at home, lowering it to a still hefty 5.35.

Trever Miller, Motte and Kyle McClellan finished the five-hitter.

Stavinoha, likely holding a roster spot until injured outfielders Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick return from the 15-day disabled list, put the Cardinals ahead with his two-out, two-run single in the first. The rookie has started six straight games in right field and has three RBI.

"We're hanging there in, trying to do what we can until they get back," Stavinoha said.

Greene hit his second homer into the Cardinals' bullpen in right field on a 3-2 pitch from Horacio Ramirez for a 3-0 lead in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Khalil Greene, who has started only one of the last eight games due to anxiety issues related to a slump, added a two-run single off Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth.

Davies allowed two runs on only three hits in six innings after his shaky start. He's 0-1 on the road in five starts despite a 2.16 ERA.

Notes

Albert Pujols received his 2008 NL MVP plaque in a pregame ceremony, and a replica statue giveaway commemorating the award attracted the sixth sellout of the season at 43,429. ... The "I" on the Big Mac Land sign above the left-field wall remained off, a day after Pujols' knocked it out with a first-inning homer. Beneath the sign the team added a sign that read "Ouch! my "I". ... Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... Mike Aviles was hitless in two at-bats and is in a 2-for-22 slump with no RBI. The Royals were 13-5 in interleague play last year, including 4-2 against the Cardinals.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

T. Wellemeyer
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 3
St. Louis

B. Barden
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF3000101 .240
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4000001 .324
Mark Teahen, 3B4010020 .278
Jose Guillen, RF3000102 .290
Mike Jacobs, 1B3010111 .263
John Buck, C4020001 .244
David DeJesus, LF3010002 .242
Mike Aviles, SS2000012 .188
   a- Willie Bloomquist, PH-SS1000012 .316
Kyle Davies, P1000000 .000
   b- Billy Butler, PH1000012 .281
    Horacio Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
Totals2905036  
a-struck out for Aviles in the 7th
b-struck out for Davies in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (10, Wellemeyer)
SH - David DeJesus (4), Kyle Davies (1)
Team LOB - 7
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (L,2-3) 6322270 4.78
Horacio Ramirez 1.1333111 7.64
Kyle Farnsworth 0.2100010 3.94
IBB - Pujols by Horacio Ramirez
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 104-66, Horacio Ramirez 30-19, Kyle Farnsworth 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 5-6, Horacio Ramirez 1-2
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 23, Horacio Ramirez 8, Kyle Farnsworth 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B-RF4110010 .293
Brian Barden, 3B4220020 .288
Albert Pujols, 1B2110200 .329
Chris Duncan, LF3000113 .256
Nick Stavinoha, RF3012002 .238
    Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   a- Khalil Greene, PH1012000 .210
    Kyle McClellan, P0000000 .000
Colby Rasmus, CF4000013 .242
Jason LaRue, C4000032 .280
Todd Wellemeyer, P2000010 .167
    Trever Miller, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Greene, SS1111000 .278
Brendan Ryan, SS-2B3000000 .226
Totals3157539  
a-singled for Motte in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brian Barden (3, Ramirez)
HR - Tyler Greene (2, Ramirez)
RBI - Nick Stavinoha 2 (3), Khalil Greene 2 (14), Tyler Greene (3)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Stavinoha 2 (2), Tyler Greene (1)
SB - Nick Stavinoha (1, 2nd base off Davies/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Schumaker-Ryan-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Todd Wellemeyer (W,4-4) 6400330 5.19
Trever Miller (H,3) 0.1000000 3.18
Jason Motte (H,9) 1.2000030 3.71
Kyle McClellan 1100000 2.21
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Wellemeyer 85-49, Trever Miller 3-2, Jason Motte 19-14, Kyle McClellan 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Wellemeyer 9-5, Trever Miller 1-0, Kyle McClellan 1-2
Batters Faced - Todd Wellemeyer 24, Trever Miller 1, Jason Motte 5, Kyle McClellan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 43429
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Tony Randazzo, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Jerry Layne