Cardinals 13, Royals 9

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Jim Edmonds kept hitting the ball over the fence, and Bo Hart kept hitting it through the gaps.

Edmonds hit two more homers and had four hits, and Hart continued his blistering rookie start with four hits and four runs as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Kansas City 13-9 Saturday night, snapping the Royals’ five-game winning streak.

It was Hart’s seventh multihit game in nine major league appearances and raised his average to .489.

“I just go up there and try to swing the bat well every time,” said Hart, who went 4-for-6 after an 0-for-4 showing on Friday in which the Royals stole two hits from him with great defensive plays. “Whether I got a hit the last time doesn’t matter.”

Edmonds went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. He has five homers in the last four games for the Cardinals, who took over sole possession of first place in the NL Central.

“It was just one of those nights when I got some pitches to hit and swung the bat well,” Edmonds said. “It’s no big deal. That’s my job.”

Edmonds and Hart, who raised his average to .489, weren’t the only ones swinging well.

Edgar Renteria homered, stole three bases and drove in four runs, and Scott Rolen homered for the second straight game.

St. Louis’ Albert Pujols, the majors’ leading hitter, went 0-for-5 with a walk. His average dropped six points to .386.

“I think that says something that we could have Albert go 0-for-5 and still score all those runs,” manager Tony La Russa said.

The Cardinals’ win came with a price, though. Reliever Kiko Calero ruptured the tendon under his right kneecap in the fifth inning and will miss the rest of the season.

Neither starter made it out of the fourth inning.

Kansas City’s Jeremy Affeldt (4-4) came out after giving up a single and a walk to start St. Louis’ three-run fourth. He gave up six runs on eight hits.

“It was a tough night for me, but I’ll get through it,” Affeldt said. “I just didn’t make any pitches when I needed to, and they hit several good pitches I did make.”

St. Louis’ Jason Simontacchi left with a lead, but didn’t go the required five innings to get the win. He was lifted with one out in the fourth after giving up three hits and a sacrifice fly in the inning.

The win was awarded to Jeff Fassero (1-3), St. Louis’ fourth pitcher out of six. He came in after Calero injured his knee attempting to field Desi Relaford’s single in the fifth.

Fassero pitched 1 1-3 innings, giving up one run on Raul Ibanez’s sixth-inning homer.

Brent Mayne went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Royals, and Ibanez and Michael Tucker also had three hits apiece.

“We felt like we had a chance,” Mayne said. “It was a weird game.”

After Edmonds and Rolen homered in the first inning, Kansas City took a short-lived 4-2 lead in the second on RBI hits by Tucker, Angel Berroa and Mayne, followed by the first of Relaford’s two sacrifice flies.

The Cardinals answered with four runs in the top of the third and three in the fourth and never trailed again.

Renteria’s two-run single highlighted St. Louis’ big second inning. He added an RBI single in the fourth, and his solo homer in the sixth made it 11-8. Edmonds’ second home run put the Cardinals up 12-9 in the seventh.

Kansas City scored twice in the fourth inning and twice again in the fifth but could never get St. Louis’ lead below two runs.

Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen struck out two in a perfect ninth.


Cardinals OF J.D. Drew, who left Friday night’s game when he turned his ankle on the dugout steps, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. Drew stayed on in right field. … Edmonds also took a run away from the Royals, throwing Tucker out at the plate to end the seventh inning. Tucker was trying to score on Relaford’s lineout to center. … Ibanez broke the longest home run drought of his career, 130 at-bats. … Edmonds and Rolen hit soloshots in the same inning for the second straight game.

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