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ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday found that elusive comfort zone.
Holliday also doubled twice and singled. Molina broke a 7-all tie with a two-run, bases-loaded single off reliever Greg Holland in the seventh inning.
After starting the game in an 0-for-12 rut, Holliday got four hits.
"It's been frustrating, my swing had been a little off," he said. "I've just been trying to battle, trying to find a good groove."
The veteran slugger made a few minor adjustments in batting practice. Those moves paid dividends.
"Some little mechanical things," he said. "It is nice to see the results."
St. Louis won for the third time in four games. Kansas City's season high-tying four-game winning streak ended.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected in the first after umpires overruled an initial call that temporarily led to a temporary triple play.
With runners on first and second, Eric Hosmer hit a line drive that St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly snared near the ground and threw to first. After first baseman Matt Adams tossed the ball back to Kelly, the pitcher then threw to second for the apparent third out.
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But after a three-minute conference that included crew chief Dana DeMuth, the umpires ruled that the ball hit the ground. Bench coach Mike Aldrete took over for Matheny.
"I saw the ball bounce," said Hosmer.
Matheny said he wasn't arguing about the reversal. Instead, he said he was upset that the umpires didn't make an immediate ruling on Hosmer's ball.
"The issue was, the pitcher came up with the ball looking for a call to be made," Matheny said. "The play was not to first base if we get a quick ruling on what it is. That was my argument."
Said DeMuth: "Our main concern was to get the call right. When I got everybody together, nobody had a catch."
Holliday staked his team to an early 2-0 lead with a 431-foot homer off Bruce Chen in the first. Molina also hit a two-run homer in the first.
Chen gave up six earned runs on seven hits over 1 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season.
"I'm definitely not very happy with the way I pitched," Chen said. "I just didn't pitch well enough to help my team win."
Mike Moustakas homered and drove in four runs for the Royals, who rallied from a 6-1 deficit to a take a 7-6 lead with three runs in the seventh.
Tim Collins (4-1) took the loss.
Alcides Escobar had a two-run single in the seventh to give the Royals a 7-6 lead.
Holliday, who began the day in an 0-for-12 rut, tied it with an RBI single in the seventh. Allen Craig walked to load the bases for Molina.
Kansas City came back with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before taking the lead with three in the seventh. Hosmer walked and Jeff Francoeur singled before Moustakas added an RBI hit. Brayan Pena followed an infield single to load the bases and Escobar poked a hit to right to give the Royals a 7-6 lead.
"I was really proud of the offense, the way they stayed after it," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "Down 6-1, they just kept putting together good at-bats. We battled back and got the lead, but from the seventh inning on (our pitchers) just really struggled to command the ball."
Kelly, making his second major league start, gave up two earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Carlos Beltran added three hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He pushed the lead to 5-1 with an RBI single and Holliday followed with an RBI double.
Moustakas hit his 10th homer in the fourth. He also had a run-scoring single in the first and an RBI groundout in the fifth.
|Matt Holliday, who says he's been 'trying to find a good groove,' homers, doubles, singles and drives in five runs. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.258|
|Chris Getz, 2B||5||2||2||0||0||0||1||.293|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.221|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.274|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||5||2||3||4||0||1||0||.272|
|Brayan Pena, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.255|
|Tim Collins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Greg Holland, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kelvin Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mitch Maier, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.177|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||2||2||1||0||3||.291|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.258|
|Bruce Chen, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Nate Adcock, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Billy Butler, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.297|
|Roman Colon, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|c- Yuniesky Betancourt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.247|
|Humberto Quintero, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|a-struck out for Herrera in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Adcock in the 4th|
|c-fouled out for Colon in the 7th|
|2B - Jarrod Dyson (3, Kelly)|
|HR - Mike Moustakas (10, Kelly)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon (22), Mike Moustakas 4 (33), Alcides Escobar 2 (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas (16)|
|SB - Jarrod Dyson (11, 2nd base off Freeman/Molina)|
|PK - Chris Getz (1, Kelly)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Moustakas-Getz-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Tim Collins (H,5; L,4-1)||0.1||1||2||2||1||0||0||2.59|
|Greg Holland (BS,2)||0.1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.03|
|IBB - Beltran by Kelvin Herrera|
|Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 40-27, Nate Adcock 17-11, Roman Colon 38-22, Tim Collins 9-2, Greg Holland 19-9, Kelvin Herrera 22-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 2-3, Nate Adcock 1-1, Roman Colon 5-2, Kelvin Herrera 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 12, Nate Adcock 4, Roman Colon 10, Tim Collins 3, Greg Holland 4, Kelvin Herrera 8|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.291|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||2||3||1||1||0||2||.309|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||2||4||5||0||0||1||.278|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Allen Craig, 1B||3||0||0||0||2||1||2||.340|
|David Freese, 3B||5||1||2||0||0||2||7||.278|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||1||2||4||1||0||0||.323|
|Shane Robinson, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.259|
|Tyler Greene, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.234|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Adron Chambers, PH-LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.212|
|Joe Kelly, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Victor Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sam Freeman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Eduardo Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.227|
|a-singled for Boggs in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Holliday 2 (12, Chen, Herrera), David Freese (11, Chen)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (11, Chen), Yadier Molina (9, Chen)|
|SH - Joe Kelly (1), Daniel Descalso (2)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran (48), Matt Holliday 5 (40), Yadier Molina 4 (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (19), Matt Holliday 2 (12), Yadier Molina 4 (16)|
|CS - David Freese (2, 2nd base by Adcock/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1|
|DP - T. Greene-Furcal-Craig|
|E - Carlos Beltran (2, Misplayed grounder), Tyler Greene (4, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Sam Freeman (H,1)||1||1||2||2||2||0||0||5.68|
|Marc Rzepczynski (BS,5)||0.2||3||1||1||0||1||0||5.55|
|Mitchell Boggs (W,1-1)||1.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.48|
|Jason Motte (S,14)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.34|
|HBP - Francoeur (by Joe Kelly)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joe Kelly 81-52, Victor Marte 12-6, Sam Freeman 25-14, Eduardo Sanchez 6-3, Marc Rzepczynski 13-8, Mitchell Boggs 12-9, Jason Motte 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Kelly 6-4, Victor Marte 2-0, Sam Freeman 1-1, Mitchell Boggs 2-2, Jason Motte 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Joe Kelly 22, Victor Marte 3, Sam Freeman 5, Eduardo Sanchez 1, Marc Rzepczynski 4, Mitchell Boggs 5, Jason Motte 4|
|Attendance - 42018|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Al Porter|