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Cardinals walk their way to wild extra-inning win

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Somebody's going to see Colby Rasmus had only one at-bat in St. Louis' 9-8 victory over Kansas City and wonder how long he was in the game.

"I'll tell them about 4 hours and 30 minutes worth," deadpanned the weary center fielder.

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St. Louis drew 13 walks in the 4 hour, 9 minute affair and Rasmus had five, each one off a different pitcher. In the 10th inning of the wacky afternoon affair with the bases loaded in a 7-7 tie, Tim Collins threw him four straight bad ones. That forced in the go-ahead run as the Cardinals took the always-lively interleague series between state rivals two games to one.

"A couple of [at-bats] they didn't give me nothing, really," Rasmus said. "And a couple of times I battled off some tough pitches. The threw me some good pitches and I battled them to a walk."

Yadier Molina had a double, two singles and a two-run triple for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven and opened a 2½-game lead in the NL Central.

"A win is a win, no matter how we win," said Molina. "We'll take it."

While the Cardinals were drawing 13 walks, the Royals were getting only one, which led to arguments with home plate umpire Angel Campos and the ejection of Royals manager Ned Yost and catcher Matt Treanor in the seventh inning.

"You've got a young umpire back there and out of respect we try not to say too much to him from the bench," said Yost. "The zone was tight and Matt Treanor did a great job there. Nobody knew they were arguing until he turned around and he was out of the game."

The Cardinals lost backup catcher Gerald Laird when he was hit by a pitch from Louis Coleman (0-1) in the 10th inning and broke the top of the index finger on his right hand.

"There was no getting out of the way of it," said Laird, who had already had X-rays taken. "The doctor said it was broken. Hopefully, it heals pretty quick."

With the game tied 7-all, Tyler Greene walked leading off the 10th and went to second when Mike Aviles made a poor throw to first on Albert Pujols' grounder for Kansas City's second error. Coleman, who started the inning, then hit Laird, loading the bases with no outs and bringing Collins out of the bullpen.

Collins walked Rasmus on four pitches and then with one out walked Molina, giving him his third RBI.

Yost was tight-lipped when asked why his pitchers had so much trouble finding the strike zone.

"Timmy Collins had command issues. I can say that," he said.

The Royals got a run in the bottom of the 10th on Brayan Pena's RBI double off Fernando Salas, who worked the 10th for his seventh save in seven opportunities. The winner was Jason Motte (2-1), who pitched one inning.

Down 7-1 after five, the Royals fought back with homers by Alex Gordon, Wilson Betemit and Jeff Francoeur and finally tied it at 7 on Betemit's RBI single in the seventh.

Gordon homered off Brian Tallet leading off the seventh and Betemit drove in Francoeur, who had been hit by Eduardo Sanchez's pitch and stolen second.

Pujols was 2 for 6 with two singles and has reached safely in all 33 interleague games he's played against Kansas City. But his career-long home run drought stretched to 103 at-bats.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said the win was tempered by Laird's injury.

"You never really have a completely happy day at the ballpark," he said. "Great win like this, but to lose him, a key part of the squad, there's no celebrating."

Miguel Batista relieved starter Jaime Garcia in the sixth after Francoeur's leadoff home run in the sixth made it 7-3. Batista gave up a double to Butler and a two-run homer to Betemit that sliced the lead to 7-5.

Molina doubled and scored in the third and singled in the seventh and ninth.

After going errorless in the first three frames, the Royals had tied their team record of 106 consecutive innings without an error, rookie first baseman Eric Hosmer's wild throw to third allowed Molina to score after his two-run triple.

Gordon doubled home a run for Kansas City in the third. In the fifth, Aviles was credited with an RBI single when Mitch Maier scored after second baseman Green lost his high popup in the sun, making it 7-2.

Butler greeted reliever Batista with a double and Betemit brought the Royals to 7-5 with his second home run.

Notes

  • A wide area of Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri, including Kansas City, was under a tornado watch when the game began.
  • When Aviles doubled in the first inning, it was just the second time in their last 29 hits the Royals had gone for extra bases.
  • The team record of 106 consecutive innings without an error was set from May 30-June 13, 1997.
  • The day before, the Royals had tied their record with 11 straight games without an error.
 
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Ned Yost has plenty of reasons to be frustrated -- the Royals walk 13 batters -- and he vents at umpire Joe West.   (US Presswire)
Ned Yost has plenty of reasons to be frustrated -- the Royals walk 13 batters -- and he vents at umpire Joe West. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Kansas City

W. Betemit
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jon Jay, LF5020103 .312
Allen Craig, 2B2122100 .319
    Tyler Greene, PR-2B1200200 .197
Albert Pujols, 1B6120002 .269
Matt Holliday, DH3001000 .349
    Gerald Laird, PR-DH2000014 .214
Lance Berkman, RF4100215 .338
Colby Rasmus, CF1101500 .287
Yadier Molina, C5243113 .333
Daniel Descalso, 3B5121008 .213
Pete Kozma, SS4000126 .167
Totals389128135  
Batting
2B - Jon Jay (2, Crow), Yadier Molina (12, O'Sullivan), Daniel Descalso (8, O'Sullivan)
3B - Yadier Molina (1, O'Sullivan)
HR - Allen Craig (3, O'Sullivan)
SH - Daniel Descalso (6), Pete Kozma (1)
RBI - Allen Craig 2 (14), Matt Holliday (31), Colby Rasmus (16), Yadier Molina 3 (21), Daniel Descalso (15)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig 2 (8)
CS - Jon Jay (2, 2nd base by O'Sullivan/Treanor)
Team LOB - 15
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Colby Rasmus 1
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jaime Garcia 5733041 1.93
Miguel Batista 0.1222011 2.76
Brian Tallet (H,1) 0.2111001 3.60
Eduardo Sanchez (BS,2) 1111110 3.00
Trever Miller 1100020 2.16
Jason Motte (W,2-1) 1000000 2.45
Fernando Salas (S,7) 1211010 1.31
HBP - Francoeur (by Eduardo Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 84-58, Miguel Batista 15-10, Brian Tallet 15-8, Eduardo Sanchez 22-11, Trever Miller 11-8, Jason Motte 17-11, Fernando Salas 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 5-6
Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 22, Miguel Batista 3, Brian Tallet 3, Eduardo Sanchez 5, Trever Miller 4, Jason Motte 3, Fernando Salas 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF5122022 .280
Mike Aviles, 2B5021001 .242
Eric Hosmer, 1B5000014 .288
Jeff Francoeur, RF4211001 .282
Billy Butler, DH4220110 .284
Wilson Betemit, 3B5123011 .315
Matt Treanor, C3010020 .229
    Brayan Pena, C2011000 .206
Mitch Maier, CF5210012 .300
Alcides Escobar, SS5020012 .232
Totals43814819  
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (15, Garcia), Mike Aviles (8, Garcia), Billy Butler 2 (14, Batista, Salas), Brayan Pena (4, Salas)
HR - Alex Gordon (4, Tallet), Jeff Francoeur (9, Garcia), Wilson Betemit (2, Batista)
RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (25), Mike Aviles (28), Jeff Francoeur (28), Wilson Betemit 3 (20), Brayan Pena (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Aviles (11), Wilson Betemit (5)
SB - Jeff Francoeur (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Aviles-Hosmer, Aviles-Escobar-Hosmer
E - Mike Aviles (5, Throwing), Eric Hosmer (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean O'Sullivan 4.1877401 5.60
Greg Holland 1.2000330 0.00
Everett Teaford 1100100 3.00
Aaron Crow 1200010 0.79
Joakim Soria 1100200 3.86
Louis Coleman (L,0-1)0021100 2.03
Tim Collins 0.1000200 3.16
Blake Wood 0.2000010 3.38
HBP - Laird (by Louis Coleman)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean O'Sullivan 86-49, Greg Holland 37-21, Everett Teaford 18-11, Aaron Crow 20-12, Joakim Soria 19-8, Louis Coleman 12-7, Tim Collins 11-2, Blake Wood 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean O'Sullivan 5-6, Greg Holland 1-1, Everett Teaford 2-1, Aaron Crow 1-1, Joakim Soria 2-0, Louis Coleman 1-0, Blake Wood 1-0
Batters Faced - Sean O'Sullivan 23, Greg Holland 8, Everett Teaford 5, Aaron Crow 5, Joakim Soria 5, Louis Coleman 3, Tim Collins 3, Blake Wood 2
Game Information
Attendance - 28195
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez