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Patience was also key in producing 41 hits, 30 runs and a three-game sweep of the shell-shocked Royals, who had won two out of three the previous weekend in St. Louis.
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"Guys aren't chasing many pitches out of the [strike] zone," said manager Mike Matheny. "That's kind of what's going on here."
In heaping three days of abuse upon KC pitchers, the heavy-hitting Cardinals rapped out 17 hits and 11 runs on Friday and 16 hits and eight runs on Saturday before completing their first sweep in Kansas City since 2009 with an 11-8 victory on Sunday.
"When you set in to play these games, you want the opposition to beat you," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "When you are walking guys and making errors, you are actually beating yourself."
"We know we're a good offensive team that's going to be able to score runs. It's good to see guys getting healthy and swinging the bat a lot better," said Beltran.
Beltran gave the Cardinals an early lead in the first, lining Sanchez's 0-2 pitch 389 feet over the fence for his 20th home run after Craig doubled and Holliday walked.
Beltran is tied with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the NL lead. The three RBI boosted his total to 56, one more than league-leader Andre Ethier had prior to the Dodgers' game at the Angels. For the three-game series between the state rivals, Beltran had five hits and eight RBI.
He's also one homer shy of 200.
"I don't really focus on numbers," he said. "I do look at my numbers at the end of the year and decide what type of year I have. Right now, we have a lot of baseball to play. I just need to focus and help this team win as many ballgames as we can."
Mike Moustakas had two home runs for the Royals while Jeff Francoeur had one.
Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, hit a two-run, 442-foot shot off Lance Lynn in the first inning and led off the fourth with a 387-foot shot for his first multihomer game. He also had a single and three RBIs.
"I just got some good pitches to hit today and I didn't miss them," Moustakas said.
"I made mistakes and both the guys who hit them are good hitters," he said. "Moustakas is a great young power hitter and I threw him two fastballs over the plate and he hit them. Then I hung a breaking ball to Francoeur. You've got to make better pitches to those guys."
In the second, Holiday hit an RBI double that that also put Craig on third, allowing him to make it 5-2 when Sanchez uncorked a wild pitch.
With the Cardinals leading 7-6 in the eighth, Collins (4-2) intentionally walked Rafael Furcal, loading the bases with one out. Craig then lined a two-run single into center and Daniel Descalo went from first to third when Jarrod Dyson bobbled the ball for an error. Holliday's sacrifice fly made it 11-6. Collins went 1 2/3 innings and was charged with five runs, four earned, on three hits and three walks.
Victor Marte (1-1) got two outs in the sixth and faced one batter in the seventh for the win.
Cardinals starter Lynn, bidding to move into a tie for the NL lead with his 11th victory, went 5 1/3 innings and gave up nine hits and six runs, including three home runs. He had allowed only five home runs total before Sunday.
Moments after Francoeur's solo homer in the fourth made it 5-4, Brayan an Pena hit a line shot right off the back of the 6-foot-5 right-hander for a single. Lynn continued after tossing a few test pitches, and one out later gave up Dyson's RBI triple that tied it 5-all.
"I'm fine," said Lynn. "It just grazed my back."
Sanchez gave up only four hits in 5 2/3 innings but walked six, allowed two home runs and threw a wild pitch while allowing six runs.
|Carlos Beltran gives the Cardinals an early lead with a three-run homer in the first inning. (Getty Images)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.289|
|Allen Craig, RF||4||2||2||2||1||1||0||.320|
|Jon Jay, PR-CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.339|
|Matt Holliday, LF||2||2||1||2||2||0||0||.299|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||5||1||1||3||0||0||3||.308|
|David Freese, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.279|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.318|
|Matt Carpenter, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.288|
|Shane Robinson, CF-RF||2||2||0||0||2||0||1||.250|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.247|
|2B - Allen Craig (10, Sanchez), Matt Holliday (16, Sanchez)|
|3B - Matt Carpenter (4, Collins)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (20, Sanchez), Yadier Molina (10, Sanchez)|
|SF - Matt Holliday (3)|
|RBI - Allen Craig 2 (33), Matt Holliday 2 (47), Carlos Beltran 3 (56), David Freese (46), Yadier Molina (39), Daniel Descalso (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (14), David Freese (24)|
|SB - Matt Holliday (3, 2nd base off Collins/Perez)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Descalso-Furcal-M. Carpenter|
|E - Rafael Furcal (8, Throwing)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Victor Marte (BS,1; W,1-1)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.62|
|Marc Rzepczynski (H,9)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.33|
|Eduardo Sanchez (H,4)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 89-58, Victor Marte 6-4, Marc Rzepczynski 11-7, Eduardo Sanchez 3-3, Mitchell Boggs 18-13, Sam Freeman 25-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 3-9, Victor Marte 2-0, Marc Rzepczynski 1-1, Eduardo Sanchez 1-0, Mitchell Boggs 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 24, Victor Marte 3, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Eduardo Sanchez 1, Mitchell Boggs 5, Sam Freeman 5|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||1||2||0||1||0||1||.264|
|Irving Falu, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||0||3||.298|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||5||2||3||3||0||1||1||.280|
|Billy Butler, 1B||5||1||1||2||0||1||2||.295|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||2||2||1||0||1||0||.264|
|Brayan Pena, DH||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.258|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.375|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||1||.254|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.299|
|2B - Alcides Escobar (16, Marte)|
|3B - Jarrod Dyson (3, Lynn)|
|HR - Mike Moustakas 2 (12, Lynn, Lynn), Billy Butler (14, Freeman), Jeff Francoeur (6, Lynn)|
|RBI - Mike Moustakas 3 (36), Billy Butler 2 (44), Jeff Francoeur (20), Salvador Perez (3), Jarrod Dyson (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler 2 (13), Jarrod Dyson (3)|
|SB - Jarrod Dyson (13, 2nd base off Boggs/Molina)|
|CS - Alex Gordon (3, 2nd base by Lynn/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1|
|E - Jarrod Dyson (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Tim Collins (L,4-2)||1.2||3||5||4||3||0||0||3.13|
|IBB - Robinson by Tim Collins, by Furcal|
|WP - Jonathan Sanchez (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jonathan Sanchez 110-60, Tim Collins 34-17, Aaron Crow 16-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathan Sanchez 7-7, Aaron Crow 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Jonathan Sanchez 27, Tim Collins 10, Aaron Crow 6|
|Attendance - 29063|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 96|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Rob Drake|