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The Cardinals and Royals met for a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Game One: Royals 6, Cardinals 2 — WP: Danny Duffy (3-1) LP: Adam Wainwright (6-5)
After pounding out eleven runs the day before, the Cardinals were held in check on Monday by Danny Duffy and the Royals as Kansas City took the first game of the I-70 Series by a 6-2 score.
Duffy spun eight brilliant frames for Kansas City, allowing two earned runs and striking out eight batters along the way. The two runs came on a two-run homer off the bat of Matt Holliday in the top of the first inning.
Duffy was given support by Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who went 4-for-4 on the night with a double and two RBIs.
Adam Wainwright got the nod for the Cardinals and turned in five innings. Though his final line of six earned runs on ten hits may not sound too convincing, Wainwright’s outing was respectable, as he whiffed seven and walked one.
To secure the win, Joaquim Soria pitched a clean ninth inning for the Royals.
-After fouling a ball off of his face just above the right eye, Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz is not expected to land on the disabled list. Tests at a local hospital concluded Diaz does not have any facial fractures; he is expected to miss the next few games.
-Prior to the second game of the series, the Cardinals activated catcher Brayan Pena off of the disabled list and designated Eric Fryer for assignment.
Game Two: Cardinals 8, Royals 4 — WP: Michael Wacha (4-7) LP: Yordano Ventura (6-5)
Powered by a pair of three-run frames, the Cardinals snatched a win in Kansas City over the Royals by an 8-4 score.
Michael Wacha started for St. Louis and allowed four runs — three earned — through his six-inning outing.
In his first start since being suspended for eight games, Yordano Ventura lasted 5.1 innings, surrendering seven runs, including a solo home run to Matt Carpenter, his fourteenth long ball of the year, and doubles to Stephen Piscotty and Brandon Moss.
The Royals, despite scoring only half as many runs, recorded eleven hits; the Cardinals had nine. Kansas City received two-hit efforts from Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Kendrys Morales and all but one hitter in the starting lineup recorded a hit.
The Cardinals and Royals will head to the eastern side of Missouri to play a pair of games at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The teams’ first game of the series will take place on Wednesday evening.