Cardinals win despite Moustakas heroics
June 25, 2012 12:29:05 UK
The St Louis Cardinals scored at least eight runs for the third consecutive game against the Kansas City Royals to win 11-8 at Kauffman Stadium.
The victory completed a three-game sweep for the defending World Series Champions who are two games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the race for the National League Central Division title.
For the second consecutive start, Lance Lynn was unable to pick up his 11th victory of the year leaving without a decision after giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two over 5 1-3 innings.
Two of those hits were to Mike Moustakas of the Royals who connected on home runs in the first and fourth innings. St Louis now heads to South Florida to play the Marlins with Jake Westbrook going in search of his seventh win of the campaign.
Aroldis Chapman (4-4) blew his fourth save of the year allowing a Josh Willingham two-run homer that turned out to be the winner as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Reds 4-3 at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
Willingham, who is a candidate to be traded by the Twins before the deadline, was 2-for-4 on the afternoon and Trevor Plouffe also went deep as Minnesota took two of three from the Reds.
The Pirates failed to close the gap on Cincinnati as they fell to the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Delmon Young drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth as Detroit prevented a Pirates sweep with the 3-2 win.
The Rangers are 301.00 to win the World Series while the Yankees can be backed at 301.00, the Nationals at 301.00 and the Dodgers at 301.00.
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