St. Louis (45-29) at Kansas City (28-43)

  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Sun Jun 27, 2004
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With the best record in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals look to keep rolling as they try complete their interleague series with the struggling Kansas City Royals.

The Cardinals guaranteed their fifth straight series win with a 3-1, 10 inning victory over the Royals on Saturday. St. Louis tied the New York Yankees for the most wins in the majors.

In the 10th inning, Albert Pujols stole just his third base of the season, and scored one out later on Edgar Renteria’s single. Renteria scored an insurance run to help the Cardinals to their fourth straight win and 10th in 12 games.

“We caught a huge break,” said St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, whose team is a major-league best 25-12 on the road. “A lot of times in this game, it’s better to be lucky than good. But in the 10th, we were good.”

Rolen leads the majors with 75 RBIs this season while Albert Pujols’ 20 home runs are tied for second with Boston’s Manny Ramirez and Cincinnati’s Adam Dunn.

The Kansas City Royals lost their third straight game and have been outscored 20-6 in that span. Tony Graffanino hit an RBI single for the Royals, who outhit the Cardinals 11-9.

“Good teams, they get the breaks,” the Royals’ Mike Sweeney said. “They’re a great team.”

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15-7 Record 9-8
3.71 ERA 5.35
138 K 49
70 BB 43
1.42 WHIP 1.35