Game Log: Royals overtake Cards in offensive showcase, win 8-7 -

Game Log: Royals overtake Cards in offensive showcase, win 8-7

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By John Bailey By John Bailey
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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- Greg Holland would come on in the ninth for KC, making quick work of the Cardinal hitters. After striking out two, the flame-throwing righty drew a pop out to right from Molina to end the game 8-7.

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The Royals, undeterred by trailing the Cardinals twice in eight innings, retook the lead in the top of the ninth of closer Trevor Rosenthal. 

After a ground out to Daniel Descalso, in for Kolten Wong, KC picked up a double from Omar Infante. Following that, Eric Hosmer singled into left, scoring the go ahead run and taking second on the throw home. 

Rosenthal intentionally walked Alex Gordon in hopes of a double play, and he got in one hitter later when Salvador Perez grounded to Matt Carpenter for the 5-4-3 inning-ender. 

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Following an inning and an out of solid work from Sam Freeman, the Royals coaxed a run off Pat Neshek. 

Salvador Perez followed an Alex Gordon with a single into center to start the action. Then Billy Butler tapped a soft grounder between first and second, and despite a diving stop from Wong, beat out the throw. 

Wong appeared to hurt his left shoulder on the play, but stayed in the game. He ran down a soft pop fly from Mike Moustakas next, and the Cardinals had the Royals on the ropes. 

Alcides Escobar floated a ball out past second base and this time Wong didnt have the legs. The ball dropped between the second baseman and Peter Bourjos, and Perez, running all the way, came around to tie the game before Neshek got a fly out to center for the third out. 

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Offense is in overdrive at Busch. After Seth Maness came on to hold the tie, the Cardinals got back to the bats with force. 

Peter Bourjos, in as a defensive replacement, showed he was more than just a pretty mitt when he belted a 422 foot home run to left to begin the inning. 

Matt Carpenter walked for the second time, and Kolten Wong moved him to second with a grounder. 

That brought on Mizzou product Aaron Crow, who got a ground out from Matt Holliday before Allen Craig flew out to the track to end the inning. 

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The Kansas City lead didn't last long, as the Cardinals made the most of one hit to even the contest at six runs apiece. 

Matt Holliday led off with a walk, and Mike Moustakas's error on Allen Craig's grounder left two on. Molina grounded into a fielder's choice, but Taveras drove a ball to right for a sac fly to score Holliday. 

Jhonny Peralta singled into left the next at bat, and Molina came around to tie the contest at 6-6. Jon Jay would fly out to end the rally. 

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Jaime Garcia held the Royals on ice through four innings, throwing 49 pitches and posting four zeroes on the board.

In the fifth, he opened the frame with a strikeout to Lorenzo Cain, but Kansas City was done being smothered. The Royals responded with four straight hits- two doubles, a single and a triple (one two-bagger from pitcher James Shields)- and suddenly were within one run. 

The ordeal wouldn’t end there. Nori Aoki, having taken second on his single on the throw home, tagged and moved to third on a fly out to center.

With two outs, Eric Hosmer stepped in and found himself down to his last strike. On a 2-2 count, one strike away from ending the onslaught, Garcia plunked Hosmer to give the Royals new life. 

Alex Gordon lived that life to the fullest, belting a three-run blast to reclaim the lead for the Royals 6-4. Garcial threw 38 pitches in the inning. 

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In what may be a a decision scrutinized post game, the Cardinal fourth took an interesting turn for the worse when Matt Carpenter sacrifice bunted with one on and no outs. 

Jaime Garcia led off with a single and Carpenter, who had singled and walked already, stepped in with another chance for damage. 

Instead, he laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Garcia to second. Whether the decision was Matheny's or Carpenter's, it was certainly unexpected. The third baseman hadn't grounded into a double play all year, and did so only four times in 2013. 

The move was rewarded cruely, as Wong would line out to short and Garcia would be doubled off. 

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After having their shot at cracking the goose egg in the first get stranded with an inning-ending double play, the Cardinals emphatically destroyed it in the second. 

Oscar Taveras begin the action with a single to right. Jhonny Peralta lined out to center before Jon Jay joined Taveras on base with a single of his own. 

After an unsuccessful bunt attempt, Jaime Garcia slapped a ball to short, and a fielder’s choice followed. With runners on the corners, Matt Carpenter drew a walk to load the bases for Kolten Wong. 

On a 0-1 pitch, the rookie second baseman notched his first career home run in the bigs, going 402 feet to right field. 

The grand slam gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead, their first runs in June. The homer comes as Wong was honored as NL Rookie of the Month. 

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The Cardinal offense certainly looked like it felt better, but St. Louis was unable to plate a runner despite loading the bases with one out. 

Matt Carpenter led off with a single, and Kolten Wong’s speed caused trouble when first baseman Eric Hosmer first botched a shot a double play, then frantically flipped to first to try and catch Wong screaming down the line. The ball went low and the Cardinals had two on with no outs. 

Matt Holliday lined out before Allen Craig singled into left to load the bases. 

Yadier Molina stepped in with a chance to score the first Cardinal run in 19 innings, but grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to push the streak to 20

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