Beltran snapped a sixth-inning tie with a two-run, pinch-hit double, and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer, powering the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory Thursday that held their cushion in the NL wild card race.
Chicago wasted an early lead of 3-0 and lost to the Royals for the ninth time in their last 11 meetings.
The Cardinals, who have won seven straight against Houston, moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for the second wild card spot in the National League.
Royals pitcher Bruce Chen (11-12) scattered five hits and three walks over 6 2-3 innings to win for just the second time in six starts. Royals pitchers shutout the White Sox to stave off official postseason elimination.
Romeo Crennel is Kansas City's defensive coordinator and new head coach. With an 0-2 start, he has yet to prove that he can pull double duty.
Bradford was sacked 36 times in 10 games last season and hit repeatedly, missing six games with a high left ankle sprain. Despite the rotating cast, he's been sacked five times the first two games this year — not bad behind such a jumbled line.
Due for free agency after the season, Lohse leads the majors with a winning percentage of .833 and is among the National League leaders with a 2.71 ERA. He led the Cardinals to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night.
Floyd pitched seven crisp innings, Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
Former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is expected to play this Sunday at Indianapolis after leaving last Sunday's frustrating 27-7 loss to Houston with an injury.
Kansas City police launched an undercover effort in early July to reduce illegal drinking at the stadium. In six operations, police arrested more than 100 minors — and a few parents, too, for providing alcohol to their children.
The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 5-2 on Sunday, which split a four-game series. The win helped the Cardinals regain possession of the second National League wild card spot.
The Rams made their comeback after coach Jeff Fisher benched running back Steven Jackson for drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second quarter.
For Kansas City, it was the same-old sloppiness by a team coming off last week's 40-24 loss to Atlanta.
Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer and Dan Haren pitched effectively into the sixth inning as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Sunday.
The Cardinals blew a ninth inning lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night as Dodgers outfielder Juan Rivera drove in the winning run.
Billy Butler and Salvador Perez hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning as the Royals rallied for a 3-2 victory against the playoff-contending Angels on Saturday night.
The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 8-5 Friday night and are now only one game ahead of the Dodgers for the second wild card spot.
The Los Angeles Angels defeated the Royals on Friday after Angels Knedrys Morales' capped off an eighth-inning rally with a pinch hit two-run homer.
The Cardinals extended their NL wild-card lead over Los Angeles to two games with a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers on Thursday night.
David Plouffe hit a tying home run in the bottom of the ninth, Denard Span had a game-ending RBI double in the 10th and the Twins rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.