Cardinals rally to beat Royals 8-2 for 5th straight win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals were a .500 team after a loss on July 25, but since then they've been the hottest team in the National League.

Yadier Molina broke a tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning, Tyson Ross won his St. Louis debut and the Cardinals defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Sunday to win their fifth straight, matching a season high.

The Cardinals moved eight games above .500, equaling their season high set on June 11, and are a National League-best 12-4 since July 27. Manager Mike Matheny was fired on July 14 in an attempt to jump-start the disappointing team.

Molina's bases-loaded single in the seventh scored Harrison Bader and Patrick Wisdom, who had two hits, drove in a run and scored two in his major league debut. Wisdom's RBI single had tied it at 2-2.

''We feel pretty good about ourselves right now,'' Molina said. ''We are getting hot at the right time.''

The Cardinals concluded a three-city trip with a 7-2 record.

''It was a good game, a good road trip and a good series,'' Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said.

Ross, who last pitched on Aug. 3 for San Diego, was an emergency starter, replacing Luke Weaver, who was scratched after cutting his right index finger on the aluminum foil cover of his clubhouse meal on Saturday night.

Ross (7-9), who made 22 starts with the Padres before the Cardinals claimed him on waivers last week, allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.

''I felt good and was ready to go,'' Ross said. ''I was happy to get out there and pitch. After the first inning, I was able to rein it in and get into the strike zone, and keep us in the ballgame.''

Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer in a three-run ninth to cap the scoring.

Jason Hammel (2-12) entered in the seventh and retired none of the four batters he faced. He was charged with three runs.

''I set the tone for the rest of the game right there, coming in and not even getting an out,'' Hammel said. ''I'm embarrassed.''

Jakob Junis limited the Cardinals to three singles, walked none and struck out eight before leaving after six innings with a 2-1 lead.

''I hit my spots with my fastball and played my slider off that and I had some good results,'' Junis said.

Lucas Duda singled home Salvador Perez in the third to put Kansas City up 2-1. Alex Gordon scored in the first after an error by Wisdom, the first baseman.

The Royals have lost nine of 10 and are 15-46 since May 30.

WEBB EJECTED

Cardinals reliever Tyler Webb was ejected with two outs in the ninth by plate umpire Adam Hamari after he hit Jorge Bonifacio with a pitch. Royals pitchers hit four St. Louis batters. ''He definitely hit him on purpose,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I guess that warrants an ejection. We hit four guys today. When you hit four guys, somebody is going to get it. It's just the way the game is. I don't blame them for it. If they hit us four times, we'd probably be upset, too. Did he have to get ejected? No. I don't think so. I think it was over. We didn't intentionally try to hit anybody all day long.''

CARPENTER STREAK CONTINUES

Matt Carpenter singled and was hit by a pitch from Wily Peralta, extending his on-base streak to 30 games.

HERRERA AT SECOND

Rosell Herrera made his first start at second base for the Royals. He had started 19 games in right field, 11 in center, four at third base and three as the DH since joining the club on June 17. He made his big league debut on May 1 with Cincinnati starting at second base, his only other start at the position, although he played there in the minors.

ROSTER MOVES

The Royals optioned RHP Glenn Sparkman to Triple-A Omaha.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy has a stiff shoulder. Manager Ned Yost said Duffy has been dealing with it for his past four starts and a decision would be made Tuesday on whether Duffy will make his scheduled start on Thursday. Duffy received an anti-inflammatory shot Saturday. ... RHP Blaine Boyer (lower back strain) was activated from the 60-day disabled list. He posted a 1.08 ERA in eight minor league rehab appearances. ... OF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow inflammation) will throw an inning Monday for the Palm Beach Cardinals in the Florida State League. ... With RHP Luke Gregerson (shoulder impingement) moved to the 60-day DL, his season is likely over. ''I guess the timing looks like, yeah,'' Shildt said. ''It'll be a challenge, but we never say never.''

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas will start the opener of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium.

Royals: Rookie RHP Brad Keller will start against Toronto. This will be his 13th start since moving into the rotation on May 30.

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STL63-55
0010003138121
KC35-82
101000000250
  • W: T. Ross (7-9)L: J. Hammel (2-12)
  • HR: STL - P. DeJong (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Carpenter DH41100024.277.389.591.9802.0
Y. Molina C40120012.290.336.479.8153.5
J. Martinez RF40110002.299.365.465.8292.0
A. Garcia RF10000011.091.091.091.182-0.5
M. Ozuna LF52210012.272.315.396.7125.5
P. DeJong SS41121001.244.321.439.7608.0
J. Gyorko 3B51200012.255.332.401.7332.5
G. Garcia 2B50210012.237.321.345.6663.5
H. Bader CF21000120.275.345.424.7692.0
P. Wisdom 1B42210012.500.500.5001.0004.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF40100000.295.363.417.7801.0
    A. Gordon LF31000101.245.324.347.6712.0
    S. Perez DH41200011.232.274.424.6983.5
    L. Duda 1B30110110.240.311.397.7082.5
    R. Herrera 2B40110022.246.285.335.6201.0
    J. Bonifacio RF30000013.205.290.333.6230.5
    H. Dozier 3B40000021.215.277.333.611-1.0
    A. Escobar SS30000010.204.257.283.539-0.5
    D. Butera C30000010.181.258.275.533-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Ozuna (13), G. Garcia (6)
      • HR - P. DeJong (12)
      • RBI - Y. Molina 2 (53), J. Martinez (69), M. Ozuna (62), P. DeJong 2 (35), G. Garcia (12), P. Wisdom
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (36), M. Ozuna (25), P. DeJong 2 (16), G. Garcia (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Molina, M. Ozuna 2 (2), G. Garcia 2 (2), P. Wisdom 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (15)
      • RBI - L. Duda (42), R. Herrera (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, R. Herrera, H. Dozier
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - H. Bader (6)
      • DP - (Gyorko-Garcia-Wisdom)
      • E - P. Wisdom
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Dozier-Herrera-Duda)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Ross (W, 7-9)6.04222404.381.3122.0
      M. Mayers (H, 6)1.00000103.431.193.5
      J. Hicks (H, 17)1.01000102.981.162.5
      T. Webb0.20000205.401.201.0
      B. Norris0.10000102.851.010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Ross (W, 7-9)6.0
      M. Mayers (H, 6)1.0
      J. Hicks (H, 17)1.0
      T. Webb0.2
      B. Norris0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis6.03110804.821.3121.0
      J. Hammel (L, 2-12) (BS, 1)0.03331006.151.64-12.0
      T. Hill0.10000005.181.420.0
      K. McCarthy1.23110003.731.26-1.0
      W. Peralta1.03330214.081.36-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis6.0
      J. Hammel (L, 2-12) (BS, 1)0.0
      T. Hill0.1
      K. McCarthy1.2
      W. Peralta1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Webb
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 88-52, M. Mayers 11-6, J. Hicks 14-9, T. Webb 14-8, B. Norris 5-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 10-3, M. Mayers 1-1, J. Hicks 1-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Ross 23, M. Mayers 3, J. Hicks 4, T. Webb 3, B. Norris
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis 2 (12), K. McCarthy (2), W. Peralta
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-66, J. Hammel 13-5, T. Hill 3-2, K. McCarthy 27-21, W. Peralta 31-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-4, T. Hill 1-0, K. McCarthy 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, J. Hammel 4, T. Hill, K. McCarthy 8, W. Peralta 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      STL63-55
      0010003138121
      KC35-82
      101000000250
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Carpenter DH41100024.277.389.591.9802.0
      Y. Molina C40120012.290.336.479.8153.5
      J. Martinez RF40110002.299.365.465.8292.0
      A. Garcia RF10000011.091.091.091.182-0.5
      M. Ozuna LF52210012.272.315.396.7125.5
      P. DeJong SS41121001.244.321.439.7608.0
      J. Gyorko 3B51200012.255.332.401.7332.5
      G. Garcia 2B50210012.237.321.345.6663.5
      H. Bader CF21000120.275.345.424.7692.0
      P. Wisdom 1B42210012.500.500.5001.0004.5
      Total388128111018-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield CF40100000.295.363.417.7801.0
        A. Gordon LF31000101.245.324.347.6712.0
        S. Perez DH41200011.232.274.424.6983.5
        L. Duda 1B30110110.240.311.397.7082.5
        R. Herrera 2B40110022.246.285.335.6201.0
        J. Bonifacio RF30000013.205.290.333.6230.5
        H. Dozier 3B40000021.215.277.333.611-1.0
        A. Escobar SS30000010.204.257.283.539-0.5
        D. Butera C30000010.181.258.275.533-0.5
        Total312520298-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Ozuna (13), G. Garcia (6)
          • HR - P. DeJong (12)
          • RBI - Y. Molina 2 (53), J. Martinez (69), M. Ozuna (62), P. DeJong 2 (35), G. Garcia (12), P. Wisdom
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (36), M. Ozuna (25), P. DeJong 2 (16), G. Garcia (6)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Molina, M. Ozuna 2 (2), G. Garcia 2 (2), P. Wisdom 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Perez (15)
          • RBI - L. Duda (42), R. Herrera (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, R. Herrera, H. Dozier
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - H. Bader (6)
          • DP - (Gyorko-Garcia-Wisdom)
          • E - P. Wisdom
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Dozier-Herrera-Duda)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Ross (W, 7-9)6.04222404.381.3122.0
          M. Mayers (H, 6)1.00000103.431.193.5
          J. Hicks (H, 17)1.01000102.981.162.5
          T. Webb0.20000205.401.201.0
          B. Norris0.10000102.851.010.5
          Total9.0522290---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Ross (W, 7-9)6.0
          M. Mayers (H, 6)1.0
          J. Hicks (H, 17)1.0
          T. Webb0.2
          B. Norris0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis6.03110804.821.3121.0
          J. Hammel (L, 2-12) (BS, 1)0.03331006.151.64-12.0
          T. Hill0.10000005.181.420.0
          K. McCarthy1.23110003.731.26-1.0
          W. Peralta1.03330214.081.36-2.0
          Total9.012881101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis6.0
          J. Hammel (L, 2-12) (BS, 1)0.0
          T. Hill0.1
          K. McCarthy1.2
          W. Peralta1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - T. Webb
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 88-52, M. Mayers 11-6, J. Hicks 14-9, T. Webb 14-8, B. Norris 5-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 10-3, M. Mayers 1-1, J. Hicks 1-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Ross 23, M. Mayers 3, J. Hicks 4, T. Webb 3, B. Norris
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis 2 (12), K. McCarthy (2), W. Peralta
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 96-66, J. Hammel 13-5, T. Hill 3-2, K. McCarthy 27-21, W. Peralta 31-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 6-4, T. Hill 1-0, K. McCarthy 3-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 23, J. Hammel 4, T. Hill, K. McCarthy 8, W. Peralta 7
          • 9TH INNING
            DeJong homered to left, Ozuna scored82
            Ozuna doubled to deep center, Carpenter scored62
          • 8TH INNING
            Garcia doubled to center, Ozuna scored52
          • 7TH INNING
            Molina singled to center, Bader and Wisdom scored, Carpenter to second42
            Wisdom singled to right center, Gyorko scored, Garcia to third, Bader to second22
          • 3RD INNING
            Duda singled to center, Perez scored, Duda to second12
            Martinez singled to center, Wisdom scored, Molina to third11
          • 1ST INNING
            Herrera safe at first on 1st baseman Wisdom fielding error, Gordon scored, Perez to third, Duda to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wily Peralta relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • M. Carpenter: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Carpenter hit by pitch
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Molina flied out to deep right, Carpenter to second
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • M. Ozuna: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ozuna doubled to deep center, Carpenter scored
            • P. DeJong: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeJong homered to left, Ozuna scored
            • J. Gyorko: Ball, Gyorko singled to center
            • G. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Webb relieved Jordan Hicks
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio hit by pitch
            • Bud Norris relieved Tyler Webb
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna singled to shallow right center
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong lined out to shortstop
            • J. Gyorko: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gyorko grounded out to third, Ozuna to second
            • G. Garcia: Garcia doubled to center, Ozuna scored
            • H. Bader: Strike looking, Ball, Bader hit by pitch
            • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wisdom grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jordan Hicks relieved Mike Mayers
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Butera grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
            • S. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jason Hammel relieved Jake Junis
            • J. Gyorko: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gyorko singled to left
            • G. Garcia: Ball, Garcia reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gyorko to second
            • H. Bader: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bader walked, Gyorko to third, Garcia to second
            • P. Wisdom: Ball, Wisdom singled to right center, Gyorko scored, Garcia to third, Bader to second
            • Tim Hill relieved Jason Hammel
            • M. Carpenter: Foul, Ball, Carpenter reached on fielder's choice to second, Garcia out at home, Bader to third, Wisdom to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
            • Y. Molina: Foul, Foul, Foul, Molina singled to center, Bader and Wisdom scored, Carpenter to second
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play third to second to first, Molina out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Adolis Garcia in right field
            • Mike Mayers relieved Tyson Ross
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to center
            • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
            • M. Ozuna: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ozuna grounded out to first
            • P. DeJong: DeJong flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Perez grounded out to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Duda grounded out to second
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Bader struck out on foul tip
            • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Carpenter singled to left
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Molina grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Carpenter out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Butera grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to first
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • P. DeJong: Ball, DeJong flied out to center
            • J. Gyorko: Strike looking, Gyorko grounded out to third
            • G. Garcia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to left
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • H. Bader: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
            • P. Wisdom: Foul, Wisdom reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Carpenter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
            • Y. Molina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Molina hit by pitch, Wisdom to second
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to center, Wisdom scored, Molina to third
            • M. Ozuna: Ozuna lined out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez doubled to deep right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Duda singled to center, Perez scored, Duda to second
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Herrera singled to shallow center, Duda out at home
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
            • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong hit by pitch
            • J. Gyorko: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gyorko struck out swinging
            • G. Garcia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Carpenter struck out swinging
            • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Molina struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Perez singled to left, Gordon to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Duda walked, Gordon to third, Perez to second
            • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Herrera safe at first on 1st baseman Wisdom fielding error, Gordon scored, Perez to third, Duda to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio grounded into double play third to second to first, Herrera out at second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)