Ozuna, Carpenter homer, Cardinals split DH with Royals 10-3St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Wieters reacts after striking out during the seventh inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Severe storms around St. Louis forced Tuesday night's game to be postponed and created the day-night twinbill.
Ozuna capped a 12-pitch at-bat by blasting a three-run homer off Bailey over the right field wall to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the first. Carpenter set the tone against Bailey, who threw 42 pitches in the inning, with a nine-pitch walk.
''Just be ready and working hard and right now try not to do too much,'' Ozuna said. ''I'm just trying to put the ball in play and make contact because that last two series I've struck out a lot.''
Ozuna also doubled, walked and scored twice. He drove in the Cardinals' only runs in the first game, giving him five RBIs on the day.
''It's more of a momentum game than maybe people realize,'' Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. ''We kept it going, finished out, which says something about the group. Finished out the first game, kept playing. And that's a good sign when you keep playing the game when it's not going your way. Good things will happen. Ozuna picked right up.''
Getting the early lead was a jolt of positive energy for the Cardinals, who had lost 10 of their last 12 games entering the second game.
''After we lost that game before, we got an early shot and we put some (runs) on the board,'' Ozuna said. ''That's pretty impressive.''
Adam Wainwright (4-4) battled through control issues with 55 of his 103 pitches going for strikes. In five innings, he allowed three runs, six hits, walked four and struck out two.
''We had a 5-0 lead and I needed to go at least seven today to help this team out, help this bullpen, and I didn't go that way so I'm a little disappointed,'' Wainwright said.
''They're interchangeable,'' Shildt said. ''It's a strong bullpen. We obviously know that we want certain matchups with certain guys and it allows us to be able to do that.''
Carpenter's two-run homer in the second inning landed in the right field bullpen. Fowler added a solo homer in the sixth as part of a three-hit night. Wong's three-run homer capped a four-run seventh.
Bailey (4-5) threw 66 pitches, but lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs. The right-hander has allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts (six innings) and he hasn't beaten St. Louis since 2014 (eight starts).
''They kept fouling pitches off, fouling pitches off,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Ozuna I think had a 12-pitch at-bat. In that (first) inning I thought his stuff was pretty good, but the pitch count jumped up so quick, 42 pitches in the first inning. It just jumped up to the 65 mark after five outs. Just a lot of pitches.''
Royals: RHP Kevin McCarthy was recalled from Triple-A Omaha after RHP Heath Fillmyer was optioned on Sunday.
Cardinals: RHP Luke Gregerson cleared waivers and was given his unconditional release, making him a free agent.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (4-4, 4.88 ERA) will look to bounce back in the opener of a three-game set against the Atlanta Braves and RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-3, 6.91 ERA). Miles gave up seven runs in a career-low 1 1/3 innings in his last start at Texas last Friday.
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