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ST. LOUIS -- Yuniesky Betancourt started the game on the Kansas City bench. He ended it by getting the biggest hit of the day.
Betancourt was called upon in the first inning when Chris Getz sustained a leg injury. In the 15th, he hit a two-run homer with two outs to lift the Royals to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
"I don't even know if I could [describe it]," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "We won, that's all I can say."
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Yost and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny combined to use all 43 position players in the 5-hour game.
Betancourt gave the Royals a 3-2 lead in the 14th on an RBI double, but Kansas City closer Jonathan Broxton (1-1) gave it back. Betancourt then came through with his next opportunities.
"That's destiny," Betancourt said of his two RBI chances through an interpreter. "It was my opportunity to put the team ahead twice. I was trying to do my best and it happened."
Down to their last strike in the ninth, pinch-hitter Billy Butler homered off Cardinals closer Jason Motte for the Royals to tie it. The home run was Butler's 12th, but the first of his career as a pinch hitter.
"He blew the pitch right before by me," Butler said. "I just figured I had to shorten up and put the barrel on it. That's what I did."
Alex Gordon opened the 14th with his fifth walk, tying the club record he set on July 30, 2008, at Oakland.
Yadier Molina, the last available St. Louis position player, had a pinch-hit RBI single in the 14th off Broxton to tie it 3-all. Broxton was perfect in the 15th for the victory.
"This is as tough as they have been," Matheny said. "I don't know any other way to say it."
Butler hit an 0-2 pitch from Motte 438 feet over the Cardinals' bullpen in left to tie the game 2-2. Motte has blown four saves in 18 chances.
"I was obviously trying to go for the strikeout and throw it by him," Motte said. "He guessed right and hit it out of the ballpark."
Matt Holliday and Allen Craig hit back-to-back home runs for the Cardinals and Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a first-inning single. Beltran is batting .462 (18 for 39) during his streak.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza was cruising with a 1-0 lead with one out in the sixth when Holliday hit a 434-foot drive to the bleachers in left-center. The homer was Holliday's second in two days and 12th overall. Two pitches later, Craig hit his eighth home run down the line in left, a 400-foot shot, to give the Cardinals a 2-1 advantage.
Mendoza lasted six innings, giving up two runs while striking out five and walking one.
|Royals slugger Billy Butler is greeted at home plate after hitting a two-out, game-tying homer in the ninth. (Getty Images)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||3||1||0||0||5||0||4||.255|
|Chris Getz, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.290|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B||7||1||2||3||0||1||2||.250|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||7||0||1||0||1||1||2||.219|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||6||0||1||0||1||3||3||.272|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||6||1||3||0||1||2||2||.278|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||6||0||1||0||1||1||1||.288|
|Humberto Quintero, C||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||.230|
|a- Billy Butler, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.300|
|Greg Holland, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tim Collins, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|b- Bruce Chen, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Nate Adcock, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.000|
|Jonathan Broxton, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||6||1||2||0||1||1||2||.261|
|Luis Mendoza, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|c- Mitch Maier, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.175|
|Kelvin Herrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Mijares, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Aaron Crow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brayan Pena, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.248|
|a-homered for Quintero in the 9th|
|b-singled for Collins in the 13th|
|c-struck out for Mendoza in the 7th|
|2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (7, Sanchez)|
|HR - Yuniesky Betancourt (4, Sanchez), Billy Butler (12, Motte)|
|SH - Brayan Pena (1)|
|RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 3 (13), Humberto Quintero (19), Billy Butler (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (3), Billy Butler (8)|
|SB - Eric Hosmer (6, 3rd base off Salas/Cruz)|
|Team LOB - 16|
|DP - Escobar-Betancourt-Hosmer, Betancourt-Escobar-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jonathan Broxton (BS,3; W,1-1)||2||2||1||1||1||3||0||1.69|
|IBB - Holliday by Aaron Crow, Beltran by Nate Adcock|
|WP - Luis Mendoza (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 88-56, Kelvin Herrera 10-9, Jose Mijares 6-5, Aaron Crow 9-3, Greg Holland 15-11, Tim Collins 42-25, Nate Adcock 11-4, Jonathan Broxton 29-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 7-5, Aaron Crow 1-0, Tim Collins 2-4, Nate Adcock 2-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 24, Kelvin Herrera 3, Jose Mijares 2, Aaron Crow 2, Greg Holland 4, Tim Collins 9, Nate Adcock 4, Jonathan Broxton 9|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.226|
|Marc Rzepczynski, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Kyle Lohse, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.115|
|Eduardo Sanchez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Joe Kelly, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Carlos Beltran, CF-RF||6||0||1||0||1||2||1||.306|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.282|
|Jake Westbrook, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Victor Marte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.287|
|Allen Craig, RF-1B||4||2||1||1||2||1||2||.336|
|David Freese, 3B||6||0||0||0||0||2||2||.271|
|Matt Adams, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.257|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adron Chambers, LF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Tyler Greene, SS-2B||6||0||1||0||0||2||3||.231|
|Tony Cruz, C||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.178|
|c- Yadier Molina, PH-C||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.326|
|Adam Wainwright, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.067|
|d- Shane Robinson, PH-CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.259|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Salas in the 13th|
|b-struck out for Sanchez in the 15th|
|c-singled for Cruz in the 14th|
|d-struck out for Wainwright in the 7th|
|2B - Daniel Descalso (4, Mijares), Tony Cruz (2, Mendoza)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (12, Mendoza), Allen Craig (8, Mendoza)|
|SH - Kyle Lohse (7)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday (41), Allen Craig (28), Yadier Molina (37)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (17)|
|CS - Tyler Greene (2, Home by Mendoza/Quintero)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - T. Greene-Adams, Furcal-T. Greene-Craig|
|E - Tony Cruz (1, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Mitchell Boggs (H,10)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.40|
|Jason Motte (BS,4)||2||1||1||1||1||3||1||3.41|
|Eduardo Sanchez (L,0-1)||2||3||3||3||3||3||1||4.97|
|IBB - Moustakas by Eduardo Sanchez, by Escobar|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 109-70, Mitchell Boggs 8-6, Jason Motte 29-21, Victor Marte 13-6, Marc Rzepczynski 12-6, Fernando Salas 35-21, Eduardo Sanchez 42-23|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 9-3, Mitchell Boggs 2-0, Jason Motte 1-2, Victor Marte 2-0, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Fernando Salas 2-2, Eduardo Sanchez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 28, Mitchell Boggs 3, Jason Motte 8, Victor Marte 4, Marc Rzepczynski 2, Fernando Salas 9, Eduardo Sanchez 12|
|Attendance - 41680|
|Game Time - 5:00|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|