Daniel Descalso hit his first career grand slam, and Adam Wainwright (6-3) held the Padres to one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings in the Cardinals' 10-2 victory Tuesday night at San Diego.
Royals starter James Shields pitched seven solid innings, but Kansas City managed just six hits in a 3-1 loss Wednesday night to the Houston Astros.
The Royals trailed and couldn't get much going offensively until the seventh when they cut the lead to one. Then a four-run eighth inning put them ahead for good in a 7-3 at Houston.
New Kansas City coach Andy Reid ran a version of the West Coast offense for years in Philadelphia, and the assumption is it will serve as the foundation for everything else. But already, the Chiefs are stacking plenty of wrinkles on top of it.
St. Louis rookie right-hander Shelby Miller saw his streak of 14 2/3 innings end in a 4-2 loss Monday at San Diego.
On Monday, the location changed but the result was the same when the Houston Astros got a 6-5 win over Kansas City.
Typically steady Lance Lynn had his second non-quality start of the season, lasting just five innings while giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in St. Louis' 6-4 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Ervin Santana was denied in his third attempt at earning his 100th career victory in Kansas City's 2-1 loss at Oakland on Saturday night.
Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning after Josh Donaldson connected one inning earlier in the Athletics' 2-1 victory over Kansas City on Friday night.
David Freese hit a grand slam for his first home run of the season, and the Cardinals used a five-run first inning to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Friday night.
New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has installed a defense built upon exotic blitzes and constant movement, a welcome sight for Chiefs defensive players.
Jonathan Niese allowed only two runs in 7 1/3 innings as the Mets defeated the Cardinals on Thursday, 5-2.
Royals starter Jeremie Guthrie hadn't lost in his previous 19 starts.
The Cardinals scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a wild pitch in a 4-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Newly acquired quarterback Alex Smith has had success over the past two seasons and is a part of the formula that the Chiefs hope turn things around.
Kansas City will use the franchise tag on Branden Albert this season, paying him $9.3 million in 2013.
Rookie John Gast also pitched five shutout innings for St. Louis in a 10-4 victory over New York on Tuesday night.
Billy Butler broke out of a severe slump with five hits and five RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals kept Joe Blanton winless in eight starts this season with an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Ty Wigginton never stopped running on Matt Carpenter's seventh-inning single, and his head-first slide barely beat the tag to snap a tie in the eventual 6-3 victory.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-2) allowed only a sacrifice fly by the Royals' Alex Gordon and an RBI groundout by Alcides Esocbar over 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander at one point went 15 batters without allowing a hit to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions.