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Cardinals pick up 16 hits in win over Royals

Jun 23, 2012 - 10:15 PM Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Allen Craig hit a homer and knocked in three runs, Adam Wainwright tossed seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals handled the Kansas City Royals, 8-2, in the middle installment of a three-game series.

Matt Holliday went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Cardinals, who won 11-4 in the opener of this set on Friday. Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal had an RBI apiece.

Wainwright (6-7) gave up two runs on six hits to pick up the win. He struck out four and walked one.

"That's the key thing of pitching with the lineup like we have is just making sure you go deep into the game," Wainwright said. "Give your offense a chance to score a bunch of runs. I feel like our team is very talented."

Alex Gordon and Yuniesky Betancourt both knocked in a run for the Royals, who have lost two in a row after winning their previous two games.

Luis Mendoza (2-4) allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. He has not won since May 13.

St. Louis got on the board in the third. With two outs, Furcal walked and Jay singled. Holliday followed with an RBI single up the middle.

The Cardinals tacked on three more runs in the fifth. With one out, Daniel Descalso, Furcal, Jay and Holliday hit four straight singles to plate a pair of runs. Holliday's base hit was a sharp grounder that deflected off third baseman Mike Moustakas' glove. Kelvin Herrera took over for Mendoza and immediately gave up an RBI single to Beltran.

"The whole game I just tried to pitch to contact to stay in the game long enough," Mendoza said. "In the fifth inning, the ball just found the holes. I just tried to keep doing the same thing I've been doing."

Meanwhile, Wainwright was on cruise control after allowing a leadoff bunt single to Gordon in the first. He went on to retire eight straight batters before giving up a leadoff walk to Gordon in the fourth.

Kansas City's second hit of the game came in the fifth. Alcides Escobar hit a two-out single to left, but Jarrod Dyson went down swinging.

Furcal's RBI single in the sixth made it a 5-0 game.

The Royals finally got to Wainwright in the bottom half of the frame. Humberto Quintero led off with a single and came around to score on Gordon's triple, which Jay misplayed in center. Betancourt's RBI groundout cut the gap to 5-2.

Craig's two-run homer off Greg Holland in the seventh made it a 7-2 contest.

Craig added an RBI single in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

The Cardinals have won 15 of the last 22 encounters in the I-70 Series... Wainwright improved to 3-1 in eight games (five starts) all-time against Kansas City...The Royals purchased the contract of pitcher Francisley Bueno from Triple-A Omaha and designated pitcher Roman Colon for assignment. Bueno gave up one run on two hits in an inning of relief of Saturday.








  • ST. LOUIS: 8
    KANSAS CITY: 2
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    Jun 23 5:09 PM


  • Allen Craig singled to center scoring Matt Holliday. On the play, Carlos Beltran advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and David Freese due up.

    Cardinals 8, Royals 2  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 23 5:01 PM


  • Allen Craig one-out, two-run Home Run (9) to left scored Matt Holliday. David Freese is due up.

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  • Yuniesky Betancourt's groundout from third to first scored Alex Gordon. None on with one out and Billy Butler due up.

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  • Alex Gordon tripled to center scoring Humberto Quintero. Runner on third with none out and Yuniesky Betancourt due up.

    Cardinals 5, Royals 1  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 23 4:03 PM


  • Rafael Furcal singled to center scoring Tony Cruz. Runner on first with two outs and Jon Jay due up.

    Cardinals 5, Royals 0  Top 6, 2 OutsJun 23 3:56 PM


  • Carlos Beltran singled to right scoring Jon Jay. On the play, Matt Holliday advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Allen Craig due up.

    Cardinals 4, Royals 0  Top 5, 1 OutJun 23 3:31 PM


  • Matt Holliday singled to third scoring Rafael Furcal. On the play, Jon Jay advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Carlos Beltran due up.

    Cardinals 3, Royals 0  Top 5, 1 OutJun 23 3:29 PM


  • Jon Jay singled to right scoring Daniel Descalso. On the play, Rafael Furcal advances to second. Runners on first and second with one out and Matt Holliday due up.

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  • Matt Holliday singled to center scoring Rafael Furcal. On the play, Jon Jay advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Carlos Beltran due up.

    Cardinals 1, Royals 0  Top 3, 2 OutsJun 23 2:50 PM


  • ST. LOUIS: 0
    KANSAS CITY: 0
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