The St. Louis Cardinals completed their first sweep since May 23 with an 11-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. The Cards have now won four of their last five games and sit at 38-35 on the season. Kansas City falls to 31-39 with the loss.
Carlos Beltran put an exclamation point on a great series by hitting a three-run homer, his 20th of the year, to start the scoring in the top of the first inning. Kansas City shortstop Mike Moustakas would answer with a two-run homer of his own in the bottom half of the frame, and then added another homer in the fourth, his 12th of the year. It was that kind of back-and-forth game until a four-run eighth inning by St. Louis pushed the Cards ahead for good.
Third baseman David Freese, second baseman Daniel Descalso, right fielder Allen Craig and Holliday each drove in runs in the eighth.
St. Louis starter Lance Lynn was tagged for nine hits and six earned runs over 5.1 innings.
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