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Cardinals at Royals, June 19

If the Redbirds are going to compete down the stretch, Ryan Ludwick, Rick Ankiel and Khalil Green are going to have to start hitting. And Colby Rasmus is going to have to keep his hot streak going.

Check, check, check and check.

Ludwick hit his first career grand slam, and Ankiel and Greene also homered. Meanwhile, Rasmus went 4-for-5 to push his batting average to .285 by going 9 for his last 17.

Brad Thompson, making another start in place of injured Kyle Lohse, was adequate if not spectacular. He threw a much needed seven innings and only allowed five hits. But he surrendered a pair of homers to allow four earned runs. But I really have no complaints because he was aggressive while pitching with a huge lead. He bent, but he didn't break.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Rasmus

Lowlight: Chris Duncan was 0-for-four and stranded three runners on base in an offensive feeding frenzy. He and Tyler Greene were the only starters who didn't have a hit.