Cardinals beat Royals in high-scoring game

Sunday, June 24, 2012 | 5:04 p.m. CDT; updated 5:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 24, 2012
St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran (3) is congratulated by teammate Matt Holliday (7) after his three-run home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, June 24, 2012.

KANSAS CITY — Carlos Beltran had three RBIs, and Matt Holliday and Allen Craigc each drove in two runs, powering the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-8 victory Sunday and their first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.

Mike Moustakas had two home runs for the Royals, who gave up 41 hits and 30 runs to their state rivals in the three games. The previous weekend in St. Louis, the Royals won two out of three.

Beltran gave the Cardinals an early lead with a three-run homer in the first, lining Jonathan Sanchez's 0-2 pitch 389 feet over the fence for his 20th home run after Craig doubled and Holliday walked.

Beltran is tied with Milwaukee's Ryan Braun for the NL lead. The three RBIs boosted his total to 56, one more than league-leader Andre Ethier had prior to the Dodgers' game at the Angels. For the three-game series between the state rivals, Beltran had five hits and eight RBIs.

Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, hit a two-run, 442-foot shot off Lance Lynn in the first inning and led off the fourth with a 387-foot shot for his first multihomer game. He also had a single and three RBIs.

In the second, Holiday hit an RBI double that also put Allen Craig on third, allowing him to make it 5-2 when Sanchez uncorked a wild pitch.

With the Cardinals leading 7-6 in the eighth, Tim Collins (4-2) intentionally walked Rafael Furcal, loading the bases with one out. Craig then lined a two-run single into center, and Daniel Descalso went from first to third when Jarrod Dyson bobbled the ball for an error. Holliday's sacrifice fly made it 11-6. Collins went 1 2-3 innings and was charged with five runs, four earned, on three hits and three walks. The Cardinals drew nine walks altogether.

Victor Marte (1-1) got two outs in the sixth and faced one batter in the seventh for the win.

Cardinals starter Lynn, bidding to move into a tie for the NL lead with his 11th victory, went 5 1-3 innings and gave up nine hits and six runs, including three home runs.

Moments after Jeff Francoeur's solo homer in the fourth made it 5-4, Brayan Pena hit a line shot right off the back of the 6-foot-5 right-hander for a single. Lynn continued after tossing a few test pitches, and one out later gave up Dyson's RBI triple that tied it 5-all.

Yadier Molina's home run made it 6-5 in the sixth. In the seventh, Holliday walked, stole second and made it 7-6 on David Freese's RBI single. Billy Butler had a two-run home run for KC in the ninth.

Sanchez gave up only four hits in 5 2-3 innings but walked six, allowed two home runs and threw a wild pitch while allowing six runs.

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