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Fowler’s grand slam powers Cardinals to 6th straight win

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

St. Louis tied a season-high with its sixth straight win.

Kansas City has lost four in a row and six of seven.

St. Louis climbed within one game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Fowler broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning with his 15th homer of the season. He ripped the first pitch from Neftali Feliz 404 feet for his third career slam.

Lorenzo Cain had four hits for the Royals, who lost all four games in the four-game, home-and-home set.

Fowler also ripped a run-scoring double to trigger a three-run outburst in the sixth inning that helped erase a 3-0 deficit.

Trevor Rosenthal recorded four outs to pick up his 10th save in 12 opportunities.

Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss brought the Royals within 7-5 with a two-run, bases-loaded double in the eighth that came within a foot of clearing the wall. Whit Merrifield followed with a sacrifice fly. But Rosenthal got Cain to fly out with the tying run on third.

St. Louis has scored 54 runs during the six-game streak.

Tyler Lyons (1-0) picked up the win in relief of Lance Lynn, who gave up two earned runs in six innings.

Mike Minor (5-4) took the loss.

Melky Cabrera gave the Royals a 3-0 lead with a two-run triple in the fifth.

Kansas City starter Jason Hammel gave up two earned runs and three hits over five-plus innings. He has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last seven starts.

GRAND SLAM UP

The Cardinals recorded grand slams in back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2011. Yadier Molina hit a slam in Wednesday’s 8-5 win.

Jake Westbrook and Albert Pujols did the trick in 2011.

LOST KITTY

The rally cat has apparently disappeared.

The feline ran onto the field in the sixth inning of the Cardinals’ 8-5 win over Kansas City on Wednesday night.

Molina hit a grand slam on the very next pitch after the delay.

The kitten was taken off the field by a member of the Cardinals grounds crew, who set the animal outside the stadium. The cat was picked up by a female fan, who intended to adopt it and take it home. But the cat jumped from her grasp a couple of blocks from the stadium and has not been seen since.

EXTRA TOUGH ESCOBAR

Kansas City INF Alcides Escobar made his 285th consecutive start on Thursday. It is the longest streak by a shortstop since Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. started a record 2,216 consecutive games from 1982-1996.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: RHP Trevor Cahill was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness. RHP Kevin McCarthy has been called up from Triple-A Omaha. McCarthy is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 16 appearances over two stints with Kansas City this season.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (7-7, 3.48) will face RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-0, 0.00) in the first of a three-game series against the White Sox on Friday in Chicago. Duffy is 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (11-5, 5.00) takes on RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-6, 3.94) in the opener of a three-game set against Atlanta in St. Louis on Friday.

  • geoff

    Oh, and Lance Lynn took a 104mph line drive off his head and continued to pitch. I wonder if he is going to get one of the liner things like Bowman uses, and why in the world wouldn’t every pitcher want one. In their fervor to add home runs to the game MLB has the baseballs wrapped so tight that they are harder than a rock. I keep expecting to hear that that one third base coach (I think he is with Colorado or Arizona) who stands about thirty feet from home plate with his back to the hitter to get killed by a batted ball.

    • James Berry

      I don’t care what the outcome of the game was, Matheny should have pulled Lynn immediately and had him taken to the hospital. Head/brain trauma often shows up later. I think leaving him in was irresponsible at the highest level.

      Just another reason added that i believe Matheny needs to be gone sooner than later.

      • geoff

        There is nothing Matheny could do , short of quitting, that would please you. There are people who just hate the guy. It could be worse , you know, you could be in Chicago where they have the best team in the history of baseball, managed by the best manager ever to lead a team, assembled by the best front office in the history of baseball, and they are one game a head of the terribly flawed Cardinals, who were assembled by Mo the dolt, and lead by the worst manager ever. ” Don’t look now Pepper…this team is starting to round into shape”. Keeping Lynn at the deadline might have been the best move Mo made this year.

        • James Berry

          He could get fired or quit. Either is acceptable. I have no hate for him outside of his lack of managing ability, or lack thereof.

          The fact that you didn’t even address the point of my comment actually says a lot.

          • geoff

            Lynn said he was OK and further testing bore out his claim. You are nitpicking Matheny. I know we disagree about Matheny’s ability to manage. I think he is doing a pretty good job when you consider the team he was handed to start the season is not the same team he has now. the Cardinals have retooled on the fly. With the exception of Cecil, he has that group pretty well lined up( I hope he isn’t this year’s Moss). His batting order with Fowler hitting fourth right now is producing. Pham is setting the tone for the entire offense, Carpenter is hitting line drives again, Wong is better than I ever thought he would be. I think Mike has done a remarkable job actually. He hasn’t cost the team with stubbornness or whatever than was that caused him to sacrifice his team’s success to get Brandon Moss going.

          • James Berry

            Luckily…and it is just purely accidental luck…Lynn is okay. If you believe being concerned enough to get someone to the hospital ASAP after being hit in the head with a projectile traveling over 100 mph is “nitpicking”, then you are delusional. As i said previously, head/brain trauma isn’t always immediately appearant. Leaving him in was irresponsible.

          • geoff

            Getting hit in the first place was purely accidental luck. Every time a pitcher lets go of a ball he runs the risk of getting whacked. Hell, Bob Gibson, who used to pitch for the Cardinals, had his leg broken by a batted ball and tried to continue. The Cards have a youngster in their system who was hit in the head and his injury was very very serious. I guess it is a fine line on whether or not to believe a player when an incident occurs on the field. We see bigger stronger men playing with an exceptionally hard baseball this year, brought on by the lust for the home run. You see all of these pitchers throwing 95 and up and think how hard it is to get out of the way. I am old and I doubt if I could barrel up the headlight on a Cadillac coming at me 95mph. Wong got hit in the face guard the other night and he didn’t get sent to the hospital either. It was a tough call for Mike to make considering Lynn’s reaction, and I truly believe that, considering Matheny’s own history with head injuries he would err on the side of caution. Lynn said the ball hit off his hat…I have seen Yadi take some off his mask and neck would knock a lot of men out cold.

          • James Berry

            Gee really? Gibson pitched for the Cardinals? The fact that you even thought you had to make that part of your point means you are a condescending person.

            I think we are done here.

          • geoff

            I just figure that you are a millennial and may not know much baseball history.

          • James Berry

            Hey, looky there. Another condescending remark from you. That seems to be what you base your whole commenting life on. I neither care nor want to know the ages of people in conversations on threads such as these. I’m not as shallow as you in that way. I wonder how many comments you’ve started with the tired old, “I’ve been a fan for ‘insert number of years here’ diatribe to try and make your opinion more weighted…

            I used to value your opinion on these threads, but you’ve shown me the error of my ways.