MLB Game Summary - Kansas City at St. Louis|
(Saturday, June 16th)
Final Score: St. Louis 10, Kansas City 7
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Matt Holliday homered among four hits and
drove in a season-high five runs in a wild game that ended with the St. Louis
Cardinals beating the Kansas City Royals, 10-7.
Yadier Molina added a two-run homer and drove in four for the Cardinals, who
have won three of four and blew a 6-1 lead in this one.
After St. Louis had a triple play overturned in the first inning, it scored
six consecutive runs to take a five-run lead after two innings. However,
Kansas City scored the game's next six runs to grab the lead in the top of the
Following the Royals' three-run seventh, St. Louis scored three runs in the
home half, aided by Holliday's game-tying single and Molina's eventual game-
winning two-run single with two outs in the inning.
The rally made a winner of Mitchell Boggs (1-1), who threw 1 1/3 innings of
scoreless relief, and a loser of Tim Collins (4-1).
"In those middle innings we had a tough time scoring, but we scored early and
scored late," Holliday said.
Mike Moustakas homered, had three hits and tied a career-high with four RBI
for the Royals, who had won their previous four games.
Following Moustakas' shot in the fourth, he drove in another run in the fifth
via groundout to bring Kansas City to within 6-3. The Royals kept chipping
away in each inning, scoring another in the sixth when Jarrod Dyson walked,
stole second and scored on an Alex Gordon single.
After scoring single runs in three straight innings, the Royals went ahead
with three runs in the seventh.
Eric Hosmer drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a Jeff Francoeur
single, prompting St. Louis to bring in Mark Rzepczynski from the bullpen. The
move failed to pay off, as Moustakas greeted the new reliever with an RBI
single to right to make it a one-run game.
Two batters later, Alcides Escobar plated Francoeur and the go-ahead run in
Moustakas with a single, putting Kansas City ahead, 7-6, for the first time
since the opening inning.
The Cardinals came right back in the home half by putting two of their first
three hitters on. When the Royals put in Greg Holland to get out of the jam,
Holliday tied the game with an RBI single, and Molina put St. Louis ahead for
good with a two-run single.
Kansas City had a runner at third with two outs in the eighth, but Francoeur
flied out to end the threat. After Holliday doubled home an extra run in the
bottom of the eighth, Jason Motte pitched around a two-out single in the ninth
to earn his 14th save.
"I was really proud of our offense today the way thay they just stayed after
it," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "Battled back, got the lead and then
from the seventh inning on, we really struggled to command the ball,"
The opening run of the game by Kansas City in the first came under extreme
controversy that saw Cardinals manager Mike Matheny ejected.
With runners on first and second and nobody out, Hosmer hit a soft line drive
toward pitcher Joe Kelly. Kelly appeared to make the catch, and home plate
umpire Kerwin Danley appeared to signal for an out. Kelly threw the ball to
first for the second out, and Allen Craig tossed to second for an apparent
After the Cardinals departed the field, the umpires conferred and ruled Kelly
had not made the catch. They said Hosmer was out at first, but the runners on
base advanced to second and third, respectively. Following a lengthy argument
from Matheny, who was ejected, the Cardinals re-took the field and resumed the
first inning with one out.
Moustakas followed by putting the Royals ahead with a two-out RBI single.
St. Louis came right back to take a large early lead.
Holliday and Molina both hit two-run homers to highlight a four-run first, and
Carlos Beltran and Holliday had run-scoring hits in the second to make it 6-1
and chase Kansas City starter Bruce Chen, who yielded six earned runs in only
1 2/3 innings.
Beltran finished with three hits...Kelly allowed three runs -- two earned --
on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings...This marked Chen's shortest start since
lasting 1 1/3 innings for Baltimore on July 4, 2005...Gordon had three hits
for the Royals.
06/16 20:38:43 ET