Game Log: Royals comeback to beat Cards 3-2 -

Game Log: Royals comeback to beat Cards 3-2

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman
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(BaseballStL) – Oscar Taveras flashed the leather in the seventh inning robbing Aoki of not only a hit, but an RBI, doubling off Moustakas and keeping the Cardinals to within one run.

Taveras then was called out on a single to second, but reviews of the play clearly showed Taveras beat the throw by a step. With the lead-off man aboard, the Cards appeared to have life in the ninth.

Randal Grichuk came in to pinch-run for Taveras with Jhonny Peralta up to bat. Peralta struck out, but the ball scooted away from Perez and allowed Grichuk to move into scoring position.

Royals closer Greg Holland's slider had Cards' hitters baffled as both Peralta, Jay and Peter Bourjos all struck out on the pitch to end the game, Royals winning 3-2.

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Wacha ran into trouble again in the sixth, giving up another lead off double this time to Alcides Escobar on his first pitch of the inning.

Nori Aoki doubled to left to score Escobar, pulling the Royals to within a run of the Cardinals. And the inning got worse for the Redbird's starter from there.

After getting a ground-out, Wacha gave up a single to Eric Hosmer that scored Aoki to tie the game at two. Then Billy Butler flied out to Peter Bourjos, but singles from Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez gave the Royals a 3-2 lead, scoring Hosmer.

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Michael Wacha gave up just one hit until the fifth inning where he ran into some trouble.

He gave up a lead off double to DH Billy Butler and then walked Alex Gordon. Allen Craig made a good play to get Salvador Perez out at first, but runners advanced to second and third with just one out.

Wacha got Lorenzo Cain to pop out to Daniel Descalso and a long fly ball out from Michael Moustakas to center, ending the potential threat from the Royals.

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Mike Matheny challenged the call at second base during the fifth inning when Yadier Molina was called out at second in his attempt for a double. 

The throw from left fielder Alex Gordon beat Molina, but the tag appeared to be late. But the call was confirmed and the Cards half of the fifth ended.

As the team came out, Daniel Descalso replaced Kolten Wong at second base. The Cardinals said Wong was removed from the game due to soreness in his left shoulder.

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Jon Jay picked up a two out single to center in the fourth inning for the Cardinals and scored his second run of the game, also with two outs, to give the Cards a 2-0 lead.

With Jay on, Bourjos battled for a 7-pitch walk that set-up Matt Carpenter's 21st RBI of the season.

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Matt Holliday continues to tear into inter-league pitchers, smoking a double to center in the third inning with one out.

But just like the first inning, where Holliday walked, the Cardinals were unable to put together any offense to score their designated hitter.

The Royals received their first hit in the bottom half of the inning, a single from Lorenzo Cain.

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With the tour through American League ballparks, Peter Bourjos has the opportunity to hit his way back into the line-up.

After hitting a homer Tuesday and stealing a base Wednesday, Bourjos tripled in Jon Jay all the way from first to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead. Bourjos was stranded, however, when Matt Carpenter grounded into an out. 

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