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Game 71: Cardinals 11, Royals 3

The Cardinals were able to reintroduce two long-missed pieces of their offense Friday night -- and it seemed as if they scored as many runs in the first two innings as they did the entire time Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter were out.

The Redbirds erupted for four runs in the fourth and six more in the second. Meanwhile rookie starting pitcher Joe Kelly held Kansas City to three runs over six innings as St. Louis cruised to an 11-4 win.

Matt Holliday and David Freese each collected three hits while Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina and Carpenter each had two. Every St. Louis starter had at least one hit.

Rafael Furcal, who seems to have rediscovered his stroke lately, had one hit in three at bats. But he also worked a pair of walks and scored twice. Jay had one hit and scored a pair of runs from the second spot in the order.

The bullpen was solid with Sam Freeman and Eduardo Sanchez each pitching scoreless innings. But Fernando Salas was shaky in the ninth, allowing a run on two hits and a walk before finally putting an end to the game.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Carlos Beltran, in his first game in Kansas City since the Royals traded him to Houston in 2004, was 2-for-5 with four runs batted in. 

Cardinals Play of the Game: Beltran broke the game open in the first with a bases loaded fly off the left field wall and the Cardinals never trailed.

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