The Cardinals again unloaded on the Royals Sunday, scoring 11 times in the game and pushing their total to 30 runs in the three-game series.
They needed almost all those tallies as starter Lance Lynn struggled for the second game in a row. But the Birds held on to win 11-3 and complete a three-game sweep.
The Birds collected eight hits in the game -- but it was the nine walks they worked that made the difference in the game. Meanwhile, St. Louis batters only struck out three times in the contest.
The Cardinals scored three in the first then gave two of the runs back in the bottom half of the frame. In the second inning the Redbirds added three more runs. But they gave Kansas city a three spot in the fourth to tie the game. St. Louis scored a run in the top of the sixth and then gave the lead back in the bottom of the inning. In the seventh they got back in front by one run. In the bottom of the inning Rafael Furcal made a nifty play to nip the runner at first base for the final out of the inning as the potential tying run crossed the plate. Finally St. Louis was able to pull away in the eighth with four runs. But KC at least kept it interesting in the bottom of the ninth with a two run homer off reliever Sam Freeman.
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St. Louis improved to 21-19 on the road with the three-game sweep and pulled to within two games of the first place Reds who suffered a come from ahead loss to Minnesota. Pittsburgh remains one game ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Central standings as interleague play mercifully comes to an end.
The Birds next take on the 34-38 Marlins as they try to keep their recent hot streak going. After three in Miami they play the Pirates, Rockies and Marlins again.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Allen Craig was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two driven in and pair of walks to pace the St. Louis offense.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Redbirds and early lead.
Lowlight: Lynn gave up nine hits in 5 1/3 innings including three home runs that weren't exactly cheap.