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Kansas City at St. Louis

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Kansas City (21-29)0001100103100
St. Louis (35-17) «00000104x5120

Cardinals 5, Royals 3

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ST. LOUIS -- The rally came too late for Lance Lynn to get another win. Just in time, though, for the St. Louis Cardinals to keep the scuffling Kansas City Royals down.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso hit a two-run single with the bases loaded to snap a tie in a four-run eighth and the Cardinals rallied for a 5-3 victory Wednesday night, the Royals' season-high eighth consecutive loss.

"It was a good comeback, we haven't had to do that a lot this year," Descalso said. "Of course, I wanted to be in that spot.

"You've got to like that spot."

Luis Mendoza got his first career hit and RBI and held the Cardinals to a run in 5 2/3 innings before the bullpen failed for the Royals. They dropped the first two games of the interleague series by a combined 10-4 score and have totaled 11 runs the past six games.

"We felt like we had it set up," manager Ned Yost said. "We just needed to execute. We battled hard to get the three runs."

Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran hit home runs for the second straight night. The Cardinals have won seven of eight overall, lead the majors with a 35-17 record, and go for a sweep Thursday with touted rookie Michael Wacha making his major-league debut.

"It was great, no doubt about that," Beltran said. "We took advantage of their bullpen and we were able to come out big."

Randy Choate (1-0) got the last out in the eighth and Edward Mujica finished for his 17th save in 17 chances, retiring the side in order for the second successive game.

Lynn missed a chance to start out 8-1 for the second straight season, allowing two runs in seven innings but getting hurt most by Mendoza's hit.

Mendoza joked his last hit was "when I was 10 years old, probably."

"I know he is going to throw a strike, just hit the ball," the pitcher added.

Beltran hit his 12th home run off Aaron Crow (0-1) to open the eighth and David Freese tied it with a one-out RBI single. Crow intentionally walked Jon Jay to load the bases, then got Pete Kozma on a called third strike before Descalso bounced one up the middle for his first pinch-hit RBI of the season.

The Cardinals have won six in a row in the series. They had been 0-12 when trailing after seven innings before getting to Crow, who allowed five hits and four runs while getting only two outs and said Beltran connected on a "real bad pitch."

"The worst I've ever pitched in my career by far," Crow said. "I feel like I let everyone in this clubhouse down tonight."

Royals rookie David Lough had two hits for a two-game total of six and threw out a runner at the plate. Alex Gordon had three hits and Lorenzo Cain and George Kottaras had an RBI apiece.

The Busch Stadium field showed little signs of wear six days after the mound was removed and the infield dirt covered with sod for an exhibition soccer match between English Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City that drew a standing room crowd.

Mendoza retired the side in order in the first, a welcome change for the Royals after Molina and Beltran opened with two-run homers the first two games.

Lough tripled to start the fifth and was still there with two outs before Mendoza, who had been 0 for 6 with five strikeouts for his career, singled to right to put the Royals up 2-0. Mendoza passed on what would have been a double for most players, taking his time getting to first and then speeding up briefly before slamming on the brakes.

The Royals traveled Interstate 70 by bus for the second half of the interleague series after difficulties with the team flight.

Lough earned his second outfield assist, throwing out Allen Craig trying to score from second and tie it at 1 in the fourth on a single by Yadier Molina.

Notes

Mike Moustakas returned for the Royals after missing three games with quad tightness and had two hits. ... Gordon entered with an AL-leading .394 road batting average and is among the leaders with multihit games. .. Beltran saved at least one run in the seventh with a sliding catch on a drive near the RF line by Cain. ... Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter made an outstanding play in the second, diving to his right to snare a liner by Chris Getz, the only hard-hit ball from the Royals the first time through the order.

 
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Players of the Game
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF5130000 .340
Alcides Escobar, SS5020022 .252
Lorenzo Cain, CF3001002 .282
Billy Butler, 1B4000021 .263
    Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
    Luke Hochevar, P0000000 .000
Mike Moustakas, 3B4120001 .187
David Lough, RF3120100 .345
George Kottaras, C4001013 .143
Chris Getz, 2B3000001 .204
    J.C. Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hosmer, PH-1B1000001 .262
Luis Mendoza, P2011000 .250
    Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
   b- Elliot Johnson, PH-2B2000010 .247
Totals36310316  
a-grounded out for Gutierrez in the 8th
b-grounded out for Collins in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (12, Lynn), Alcides Escobar (8, Lynn)
3B - David Lough (2, Lynn)
SF - Lorenzo Cain (4)
RBI - Lorenzo Cain (23), George Kottaras (6), Luis Mendoza (1)
2-OUT RBI - Luis Mendoza (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David Lough 1
DP - Escobar-Butler, Escobar-Butler
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luis Mendoza 5.2611351 4.63
Tim Collins (H,5) 0.1000010 3.38
J.C. Gutierrez (H,2) 1100000 3.45
Aaron Crow (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2544121 4.80
Luke Hochevar 0.1000000 2.89
IBB - Jay by Aaron Crow
Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 98-58, Tim Collins 7-4, J.C. Gutierrez 11-7, Aaron Crow 24-13, Luke Hochevar 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 7-3, Luke Hochevar 1-0
Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 24, Tim Collins 1, J.C. Gutierrez 3, Aaron Crow 8, Luke Hochevar 1
St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matt Carpenter, 2B-3B5010004 .306
Carlos Beltran, RF4111022 .293
Matt Holliday, LF4111020 .258
Allen Craig, 1B4130000 .311
Yadier Molina, C4130011 .355
David Freese, 3B2111201 .246
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
Jon Jay, CF3000114 .256
Pete Kozma, SS4000023 .269
Lance Lynn, P1000100 .056
   a- Matt Adams, PH1010000 .346
    Shane Robinson, PR0000000 .184
    Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   b- Daniel Descalso, PH-2B1012000 .247
Totals33512548  
a-singled for Lynn in the 7th
b-singled for Choate in the 8th
Batting
2B - Allen Craig (15, Mendoza)
HR - Carlos Beltran (12, Crow), Matt Holliday (8, Mendoza)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (32), Matt Holliday (30), David Freese (14), Daniel Descalso 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Descalso 2 (4)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lance Lynn 7822140 2.91
Seth Maness 0.2211010 2.25
Randy Choate (W,1-0) 0.1000000 1.04
Edward Mujica (S,17) 1000010 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Lance Lynn 99-66, Seth Maness 14-9, Randy Choate 7-4, Edward Mujica 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lance Lynn 7-10, Seth Maness 1-0, Randy Choate 1-0
Batters Faced - Lance Lynn 30, Seth Maness 4, Randy Choate 1, Edward Mujica 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43477
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West