Royals 6, Cardinals 3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Darrell May didn’t bring his best stuff. Fortunately for him, the guys playing behind him brought theirs.

Solid, and sometimes spectacular, fielding by the Kansas City Royals—and an eighth-inning defensive collapse by the St. Louis Cardinals—helped May earn his first win since September in his 14th start of the season.

The Royals, despite being outhit 7-4, took advantage of three errors by the Cardinals and extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-3 victory Friday night.

“Sometimes you have to try to create runs,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “That’s what we did tonight.”

May (1-4) had gone 16 starts and 19 appearances without a win since beating the Chicago White Sox 9-6 Sept. 11. The last time he faced the Cardinals, on June 21, they shelled him 8-1.

“I feel like I really didn’t have good stuff against them again tonight,” he said. “I just decided I wasn’t going to let them know that. I was going to come out there and attack the strike zone, not let them get me in a hole.”

May went seven innings Friday night, giving up two runs on five hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 25 chances.

The Royals broke a 2-all tie with three runs, all unearned, in the seventh inning off starter Garrett Stephenson (4-7).

Mike DeFelice’s bases-loaded, one-out groundball scored Raul Ibanez with the go-ahead run, and two more runs scored when rookie second baseman Bo Hart misplayed Desi Relaford’s pinch-hit grounder.

That was the second error of the inning for St. Louis. With nobody out and one on, Eduardo Perez ran down Ken Harvey’s fly ball to right—only to see it drop out of his glove.

“Bottom line, I didn’t make the play,” said Perez, who moved from left to right when J.D. Drew turned his ankle going down the dugout steps after the third inning. “I got there, and it didn’t go in the glove.”

The extent of Drew’s injury was not immediately known, manager Tony La Russa said.

Stephenson pitched seven innings, giving up five runs—two earned—on only three hits with one walk and one strikeout.

The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead on solo homers by Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen in the top of the fourth, but Kansas City tied it at 2 in the bottom of the inning when Carlos Beltran doubled and scored on Ken Harvey’s ground ball to short.

Beltran added an RBI triple in the eighth for a 6-3 lead.

Rolen went 3-for-4 for St. Louis.

Aaron Guiel put the Royals up 1-0 in the first, doubling and scoring on Beltran’s groundout, and also made several standout plays in right field.

In the second inning, he made a running grab of Edgar Renteria’s sinking line drive and doubled Rolen off first. In the fifth, his diving, back-to-the-plate catch robbed Hart of a hit and ended the inning with Tino Martinez stranded on the basepaths.

“In that situation, with two out, you know their guy’s going to be running,” Guiel said. “If I don’t make that catch, then they score and the momentum starts to swing their way.”

Joe Randa also made two diving grabs of line drives hit to third, stealing hits from Hart and Orlando Palmeiro.

Hart, who came in with six multihit showings in just seven major league games, finished 0-for-4. Albert Pujols, the majors’ top hitter, was 1-for-4with an RBI single that cut Kansas City’s lead to 5-3 in the eighth.


MacDougal has saved all five wins in the Royals’ current streak. … Kansas City leads the interleague series with St. Louis 13-12. … Edmonds hit his 22nd homer on his 33rd birthday. … The Cardinals recalled RHP Jimmy Journell from Triple-A Memphis on Friday. To make room on their roster, the Cardinals optioned outfielder Kerry Robinson to Memphis. … Harvey extendedhis hitting streak to seven games, a career high, with a second-inning double.

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