St. Louis (26-15) at Kansas City (12-30)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat May 21, 2005
  • TV: KPLR, RTN
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The Kansas City Royals are hoping a quick return to the mound will help Jose Lima turn his dismal season around.

Pitching on three days’ rest, Lima takes another shot at his first win of the season as the Royals resume a three-game interleague series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium.

Lima allowed a season-high seven earned runs and eight hits over three innings, but did not receive a decision in the Royals’ 12-8 loss to Baltimore on Tuesday. The 32-year-old right-hander, Kansas City’s opening day starter, is winless in 11 regular season starts since last Sept. 14, when he pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lima’s last major league win was a shutout of the Cardinals for Los Angeles in last year’s playoffs.

Lima, who has allowed an AL-worst 12 homers, gave up three to the Orioles and was booed by Royals fans when he left the game.

“This is embarrassing,” Lima said. “To give up seven runs, I blew it. We score eight runs and I can’t hold it. This is not the Jose Lima I know.

“This is the first time in my career I get booed at home,” he added. “Every outing I have one bad inning, giving up four or five runs. I always try to stay away from the big inning.”

Lima has allowed 22 earned runs in his last 14 1-3 innings. The Royals pushed up his next start one day to help him regain his control.

“I’m bringing him back one day short,” interim manager Bob Schaefer said. “I watched the tape of the game last night and saw the hits he gave up, and it’s all about location. Any time he missed the catcher’s glove, he gave up a hit. Any time he hit the catcher’s glove, he got the guy out.

“He’s a control pitcher, and with less time between starts, I think he’ll do better.”

The Cardinals beat the Royals 7-6 on Friday for their sixth straight win over Kansas City. John Mabry hit his first career grand slam and added an RBI double for St. Louis, which has won four of six overall.

Albert Pujols had three hits and two runs for the defending NL champions.

Mike Sweeney drove in three runs for the major league-worst Royals, who have lost three of four.

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14-10 Record 5-16
4.11 ERA 6.99
117 K 80
37 BB 61
1.28 WHIP 1.66