St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter throws in the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, May 20, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) By Ed Zurga
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeff Francis throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, May 20, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) By Ed Zurga
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jeff Francis threw 7 2-3 innings, outdueling Chris Carpenter and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.
Francis (1-5), who had pitched well several times while failing to get his first win since signing with the Royals, was facing a team he had always fared well against while playing in the National League. The right-hander gave up six hits and two runs, walked two and struck out six while raising his career record over the Cardinals to 5-1.
He was relieved in the eighth after giving up a single to Ryan Theriot and striking out Colby Rasmus for the third time.
Aaron Crow got the final out of the eighth. Joakim Soria worked a 1-2-3 ninth to complete the shutout with his seventh save.
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