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Cardinals vs. Royals, May 23

It wasn't long ago that the Royals fans were crowing about how the worm had turned when it came to the Interstate 70 rivalry.

But two games and and no runs scored later, the boys from Kansas City are 0-2 against the Birds. And while the Royals first place April has evaporated, the Cardinals have clawed their way back to the top of the standings with their fifth straight victory.

Kyle Lohse took his turn at being utterly dominant, something each of the Cardinals starters has succeeded in doing in their most recent turn to take the hill. He pitched eight shutout innings (4H, 0BB, 6K) and appeared to be cruising before being hit by a pitch and removed from the game.

The start marked the fifth consecutive day that the Cardinals starter had allowed no more than one run, a statistic the Associated Press reported hadn't been matched my the club since 1973. 

Nick Stavinoha sports only a .250 batting average. But he has been getting hits when it counts the most, driving in another pair of runs with a clutch hit. Skip Schumaker had a solo homer, and that was more than in took to bring home the eventual 5-0 win.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Lohse

Lowlight: Colby Rasmus was 0-for-5 to drop his season batting average to .232.