ST. LOUIS (AP) Eric Hosmer hit a tiebreaking single off closer Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 Tuesday night for their second straight road victory in the four-game, two-city series.
Rookie Kolten Wong’s first career home run was a grand slam in the second that ended the Cardinals’ 20-inning scoreless drought and gave them an early four-run cushion. The defending National League champions finished a dismal 2-7 homestand when their pitchers faltered.
Alex Gordon’s three-run homer capped a six-run fifth for the Royals against Jaime Garcia that put them up by two. Kansas City starter James Shields also scuffled, surrendering five earned runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 16th save in 17 chances.
The I-70 Series now shifts to Kansas City, with a 7:10pm first pitch on Wednesday night. Pregame begins at 6:30 on NewsRadio 1350 KMAN from the Royals Radio Network.