Hammel ends winless skid as Royals top Cards
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[May 23, 2018]
Jason Hammel picked up his first
win of the season, and Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez each homered
as the Kansas City Royals topped the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Tuesday
at Busch Stadium.
Hammel (1-5) was winless in his first nine starts this season, but
he delivered seven strong innings Tuesday to help the Royals snap a
three-game slide. He scattered nine hits, allowing only one run with
six strikeouts and no walks.
Gordon and Alcides Escobar each had three hits for the Royals, and
Jon Jay added two hits. Yairo Munoz went 4-for-4 to lead the
Cardinals, and Marcell Ozuna finished 3-for-4.
The Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 lead by executing a double steal in the
first inning, with Jose Martinez coming home from third base as
Ozuna took second.
Gordon tied the score in the second inning, smashing his fourth home
run of the season to center field.
The Royals grabbed the lead in the third inning. Whit Merrifield
drew a walk and advanced to second on a single from Gordon. Escobar
delivered a two-out double to left field to bring home Merrifield.
Perez led off the sixth inning with his seventh home run to extend
the Kansas City lead to 3-1.
Jay provided some insurance with a two-run single in the ninth
inning off St. Louis reliever Greg Holland.
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Cardinals starting pitcher Luke Weaver (7) pitches during the first
inning against the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory
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Perez also made his mark on defense behind the plate, twice gunning
down Munoz trying to steal second base.
Cardinals starter Luke Weaver (3-4) pitched well but took the loss.
He surrendered three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck
out eight and walked one.
Royals relievers Brad Keller and Kelvin Herrera each pitched a
scoreless inning in relief as Kansas City beat the Cardinals for the
first time in the past six meetings.
Right-hander Michael Wacha is slated to start for the Cardinals in
Wednesday's series finale. Kansas City will counter with
right-hander Jakob Junis.
--Field Level Media
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