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Game 66: Cardinals 10, Royals 7

Saturday's game against the Royals was the sort of contest that your team wins -- but you still go home a little bit ticked off.

Umpires put Cardinals fans in a bad mood in the first inning when they ruled that the Redbirds turned a triple play to get out of an early jam -- and then they inexplicably not only reversed the call, but they awarded Kansas City a couple of extra bases to add insult to injury.

If that wasn't enough to get Cardinals Nation's blood boiling, the Birds blasted home four runs in the first and two more in the second inning to take a 6-1 lead. And then they proceeded to blow their five-run advantage and fall behind 7-6 before rallying to regain the lead and the win.

Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley started the triple play hub bub when St. Louis rookie starter snagged a line drive back at his feet with Royals on first and second with no one out.

Kelly reached down and grabbed the ball then held up his glove to show Danley that he believed he caught it. Danley heartily agreed, responding by emphatically raising his right hand to signal that the batter was out. Kelly then reacted by throwing the ball to first base to catch the runner between the bags and then to second to complete the triple play.

But Kansas City protested and the umpires, after a brief huddle, decided not only that Kelly did NOT catch the liner. But also that the Royals baserunners should be moved up to second and third. It put the Cardinals in a bad spot because, if Danley hadn't told Kelly that the catch was good, he had plenty of time to throw to second and get an easy double play.

The umpire error led to one KC run. But it seemed to inspire the St. Louis office which, let's face it, could use a little inspiration.

Carlos Beltran got a one-out base hit in his first plate appearance and he scored when Matt Holliday blasted a ball into the third level down the left field line. With two outs, David Freese doubled and then Yadier Molina hit a ball into the Kansas City bullpen.

In the second inning, Tyler Greene hit a lead-off single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kelly. Beltran singled home Greene then Matt Holliday lined a double to right field to score Beltran.

The Cardinals let Kansas City score single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to cut the lead to 6-4. Then the wheels completely fell off in the seventh with a three-run outburst that put the Royals ahead 7-6.

Holliday tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a single that scored Daniel Descalso and Molina collected a two-out hit to score Rafael Furcal and Holliday to put St. Louis up 9-7. 

In the bottom of the eighth Holliday double in Adron Chambers with an insurance run and Jason Motte came in to save the game and preserve the 10-7 lead.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Matt Holliday, who seems to be taking a lot of guff lately from Redbirds rooters, was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs. Holliday sprayed the ball all over the field and he suddenly looks very locked in after struggling to regain his stroke after missing a few days with a sore back.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Holliday's moon shot homer.

Lowlight: The umpires have been way too obvious lately. And it was bull that Kerwin Danley threw St. Louis skipper Mike Matheny out of the game for arguing about his terrible call in the first. (Although it's possible at that point Matheny wanted to be run from the game.)

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