St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols reacts after being hit by a pitch thrown by Kansas City Royals starter Nate Adcock during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 21, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jake Westbrook pitched eight shutout innings and Matt Holliday broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the eighth, lifting St. Louis to a 3-0 win over Kansas City on a bright, breezy Saturday afternoon.
Westbrook, (4-3) whose longest start this year had been seven innings, gave up four hits, with three walks and three strikeouts while raising his career mark in Kauffman Stadium to 3-0. Kansas City's Nate Adcock went five scoreless innings in his first major league start.
Albert Pujols singled off Tim Collins (2-2) with one out in the eighth and then Holliday, who came in with an NL-leading .357 average, hit reliever Blake Wood's 2-1 pitch 433 feet over the left field fence.
Fernando Salas pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six opportunities.
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