Cardinals Even It Up, Beat Royals 5-3

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Royals Lose To Cardinals 5-3 On Saturday

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Blake Hawksworth worked five-plus innings in his second big league start and was supported by home runs from Colby Rasmus and Skip Schumaker in the Cardinals 5-3 win over Kansas City in the middle contest of the interleague series between the I-70 rivals.

Hawksworth (2-4) was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on two hits, while issuing one walk and striking out one for St. Louis, which stopped a two-game slide. Ryan Franklin got the last four outs to record his 15th save.

Kyle Davis (4-6) absorbed the loss after yielding five runs -- four earned -- on six hits over seven innings, while walking one and fanning two for the Royals, who have lost six of their last eight.

David DeJesus went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two runs driven in for Kansas City, which slipped to 5-7 in games decided by two runs.

The Cardinals broke up a scoreless game on Rasmus' three-run homer to right with one out in the fourth.

Schumaker made it a 5-0 game with a two-run home run to right with one out in the fifth.

Mitch Maier drew a leadoff walk and a Schumaker fielding error put runners at first and second base with nobody out in the sixth and brought Trever Miller on to replace Hawksworth.

Mike Aviles singled with one out to load the bases for DeJesus, who singled into right field to drive in a pair to cut the lead to 5-2 and knock Miller out of the game.

Jason Motte took over and got Billy Butler to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Butler's single put runners at first and second with two outs in the eighth and chased Kyle McClellan from the game. Franklin came on and gave up a run- scoring single to Jose Guillen that trimmed the lead to 5-3 before Alberto Callaspo fouled out to end the frame.

Franklin then retired the side in order in the ninth to end the game.

Ryan Ludwick was not in the starting lineup for the Cardinals due to a sore left calf...Schumaker's long ball was his first since April 21 at Arizona. The Redbirds improved to 9-5 in interleague play this season, while the Royals dipped to 7-10...St. Louis leads the all-time series 34-25, including a 22-13 mark in Kansas City...Albert Pujols, who went 1-for-4, has reached base with a hit or walk in all 29 games he has played in against the Royals...Davis fell to 4-9 in interleague play and 1-4 against the Cardinals...Guillen extended his hitting streak to 20 games, during which he has collected 29 hits...Kansas City has had 38 of its 75 games this season decided by two runs or less...Royals Hall of Famer George Brett threw out the first pitch prior to the game.

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Kyle Davies Takes The Mound For The Royals In Game Two Against Cardinals

(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals will try to string together a third straight win today, as they play the middle bout of a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium.

On Friday, Zack Greinke pitched into the ninth inning, as Kansas City beat St. Louis, 4-2, in the opener of the I-70 series.

Greinke (3-8) limited the St. Louis lineup to six hits through the first eight frames. The right-hander took the hill in search of his fourth career shutout, but Ryan Ludwick reached on catcher's interference to begin the ninth and Colby Rasmus doubled.

Joakim Soria succeeded Greinke and Ludwick scored on a Felipe Lopez sacrifice fly. David Freese then singled home Rasmus to cut the Cardinals' deficit to 4-2. Soria, though, retired the next two batters to earn his 18th save of the campaign.

"I was having trouble throwing strikes in the bullpen, so I was just pretty much trying to throw it down the middle in the first couple innings before I had a feel of where I was throwing the ball," admitted Greinke.

Scott Podsednik and Alberto Callaspo each had three hits for the Royals, who have won two straight on the heels of a five-game skid. Jose Guillen also stroked an RBI single, extending his career-high hitting streak to 19 games

St. Louis starter Jeff Suppan (0-3) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings to take the loss. The Cardinals have now dropped two straight, while scoring just three total runs in their last three games.

The Cardinals' bats will look to come alive today and provide some support for Blake Hawksworth, who is making his first start in almost three weeks. The right-hander, who is the team's long reliever, was last on the hill this past Sunday when he surrendered one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings of a 3-2 loss to Oakland.

Hawksworth has made only one start this season, allowing six runs and seven hits in four innings of a 12-4 loss to the Dodgers on June 7th. This is his first career start against the Royals.

Getting the nod for Kansas City is Kyle Davies, who is 1-2 with a 9.78 ERA over his last five starts. On Sunday, the right-hander struggled with his command and issued seven walks in 4 1/3 innings of work against Atlanta. He allowed four runs on four hits, but left without receiving a decision in the team's eventual 8-5 defeat.

Davies has made four career starts against St. Louis, going just 1-3 with a 5.32 ERA. To make matters worse, Davies is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA in two lifetime starts against the Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium.

This is the first series between St. Louis and Kansas City since the Cardinals won five of six matchups a year ago, including a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium from June 19-21. The Cardinals have won seven of the past nine meetings between the clubs.

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