Holliday’s HR, 5 RBIs send Cardinals past Royals
Saturday, June 16, 2012
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday homered and drove in five runs and Yadier Molina homered and drove in four, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.
Holliday also doubled twice and singled. Molina broke a 7-all tie with a two-run, bases-loaded single off reliever Greg Holland in the seventh inning.
St. Louis won for the third time in four games. Kansas City’s season high-tying four-game winning streak ended.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was ejected in the first after umpires overruled an initial call that temporarily led to a temporary triple play.
With runners on first and second, Eric Hosmer hit a line drive that St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly snared near the ground. Kelly threw to first and then tossed the return throw to second for the apparent third out.
But after a three-minute conference that included crew chief Dana DeMuth, the umpires ruled that the ball hit the ground. Bench coach Mike Aldrete took over for Matheny.
Holliday and Molina each hit two-run homers in the first off Bruce Chen, who gave up six earned runs on seven hits over 1 2-3 innings, his shortest start of the season.
Mike Moustakas homered and drove in four runs for the Royals, who rallied from a 6-1 deficit to a take a 7-6 lead with three runs in the seventh.
Mitchell Boggs (1-1) picked up the win with 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief. Jason Motte recorded his 14th save in 17 chances.
Tim Collins (4-1) took the loss.
Alcides Escobar had a two-run single in the seventh to give the Royals a 7-6 lead.
Holliday, who began the day in an 0-for-12 rut, tied it with an RBI single in the seventh. Allen Craig walked to load the bases for Molina.
Kansas City came back with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before taking the lead with three in the seventh. Hosmer walked and Jeff Francoeur singled before Moustakas added an RBI hit. Brayan Pena followed an infield single to load the bases and Escobar poked a hit to right to give the Royals a 7-6 lead.
Kelly, making his second major league start, gave up two earned runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Carlos Beltran added three hits and extended his hitting streak to nine games. He pushed the lead to 5-1 with an RBI single and Holliday followed with an RBI double.
Moustakas hit his 10th homer in the fourth. He also had a run-scoring single in the first and an RBI groundout in the fifth.
NOTES: The Royals’ five previous games had all been decided by one run. They won four. ... Kansas City RHP Luis Mendoza (2-3, 4.89 ERA) will face Adam Wainwright (5-7, 4.75) in the series finale on Sunday. Mendoza took a no-hit bid into the seventh of his previous start, a 2-1 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday. ... The Cardinals are 39-29 in regular-season meetings with their cross-state neighbors.
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