KANSAS CITY • Matt Carpenter simply wouldn't let the staggering Cardinals lose yet again.
After the Kansas City Royals spoiled a potential shutout by Adam Wainwright with the aid of a strike three that got away in the ninth inning and tied the score at 2-2, Carpenter became the first Cardinal since Ryan Ludwick on Sept. 4, 2009 to get five hits in a game.
Carpenter's fifth hit, coming off reliever Kelvin Herrera with one out in the 11th inning, was his second double of the night. It scored Peter Bourjos, who had walked and stolen second and it propelled the Cardinals to a 5-2 victory, just their third in their last 10 games.
Carpenter, who also walked, hiked his average to a season-high .307, and has reached base 10 times in the last two games.
After Carpenter untied the game, pinch hitter Jon Jay worked a 12-pitch at-bat and singled, with Carpenter stopping at third.
Lefthander Tim Collins relieved to hit Matt Holliday with a pitch and allow a two-run single to Allen Craig, who had chased two outfielders to the track with long fly balls earlier in the game.
Local product Trevor Rosenthal blew his third save but rookie Sam Freeman earned the win with a scoreless 10th as Pat Neshek gained his first Cardinals save.
The win was the Cardinals' first in three interleague jousts with the Royals this week. But it raised their career mark at Kauffman Stadium to 30-15.
Royals tie game with aid of strikeout
The Cardinals are going so bad now they can't even close out a game when their pitcher strikes out somebody.
Adam Wainwright, headed for his second shutout of the season and clinging to 2-0 lead, fanned Kanas City's Eric Hosmer for the fourth time in the game in the ninth but Hosmer reached base when strike three, which was in the dirt, got away from catcher Yadier Molina, who desperately chased after the ball but threw too late to get Hosmer at first.
Billy Butler then singled and manager Mike Matheny moved decisively at 111 pitches for Wainwright to bring in closer Trevor Rosenthal, a local high school product.
But Rosenthal walked Alex Gordon on a close 3-1 pitch to fill the bases.
Rosenthal shattered Salvador Perez's bat as Perez grounded weakly to third. Matt Carpenter fired to second to get the force but as Gordon slid toward the bag, second baseman Mark Ellis tried to jump over him but did not release his throw to first.
Hosmer scored on the play and then Butler also scored when Lorenzo Cain singled. Rosenthal maintained the tie by striking out Mike Moustakas and getting Alcides Escobar on a liner to short.
The game went to the 11th after Sam Freeman pitched an impressive 10th for the Cardinals.
Wainwright struck out eight and allowed four hits, which was as many as Cardinals leadoff man Matt Carpenter had.
Carpenter scores after his 4th hit
Matt Carpenter had four times as many hits as the Kansas City Royals after he doubled for his fourth hit of the night to open the seventh inning for the Cardinals. Carpenter, who had driven in the only previous run of the game in the second, came around to score the second one.
He beat pitcher Jason Vargas' throw to third on Randal Grichuk's sacricice attempt and came home on Matt Holliday's infield bouncer which cleared the head of a leaping Vargas. Carpenter is hitting .440 (12 for 25) at Kauffman Stadium.
Adam Wainwright took a one-hit shutout into the home seventh.
Alex Gordon doubled over the head of center fielder Peter Bourjos with one out in the seventh for the Royals' second hit. Wainwright walked Salvador Perez and then Lorenzo Cain hit a ball sharply to the left of second baseman Mark Ellis.
Ellis gloved the ball on a good play, whirled and fired to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who relayed to first for an inning-ending double play. So said first-base umpire Dale Scott and the call was confirmed by Major League Baseball technology after Kansas City manager Ned Yost had challenged the ruling. The verdict took 2 minutes 6 seconds.
Wainwright loses no-hitter in 6th
Alcides Escobar, who has bedeviled the Cardinals with his glove work at shortstop for the Kansas City Royals this week, broke up Adam Wainwright's no-hitter with a leadoff single in the sixth inning tonight before an evenly split house of Cardinals and Royals fans at Kauffman Stadium.
Escobar singled to right off a 1-2 pitch and advanced to third on a sacrifice and infield out but Wainwright maintained a 1-0 Cardinals lead by striking out Eric Hosmer for the third time.
Wainwright has no-hitter through five
Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright, who already threw a one-hit shutout at Arizona on May 20, held the Kansas City Royals hitless for the first five innings tonight, nursing a 1-0 lead at Kauffman Stadium.
Wainwright, who had his worst start of the season last Friday when he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against San Francisco, permitted just a fourth-inning walk to Alex Gordon through the first five frames. He struck out five.
Carpenter puts Cards ahead
Matt Carpenter, hitting safely for the 16th time in his last 17 games, singled in the first, second and fourth innings tonight against Kansas City lefthander Jason Vargas.
In the first, he was stranded along with two other Cardinals runners. But, in the second, Carpenter singled up the middle with two outs to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Mark Ellis, who singled with one out, set up the run by stealing second base with two outs when Vargas neglected him.
The Cardinals left the bases loaded in the first when Jhonny Peralta, only seven for 50 with men in scoring position, tapped to Vargas.
One of the highlights of the inning was Yadier Molina beating out an infield tap _ Vargas dropped the ball as he began to throw _ to end a nothing-for-16 slide.
Adam Wainwright, coming off his worst start of the season last Friday, set down the Royals in order in the first.
The Cardinals waved off a shift on lefthanded-hitting Mike Moustakas with two out and a runner at third in the Kansas City second inning and it paid off. With shortstop Peralta back in a more normal position, Wainwright induced Moustakas to hit a liner directly at Peralta for the final out.
Wainwright held the Royals hitless through four. Both Peter Bourjos and Carpenter singled with two out against Vargas in the fourth, with Carpenter raising his average to a season-high .301. But rookie Randal Grichuk, one for nine with men in scoring position, popped up.
Bourjos in center; Holliday is DH
Peter Bourjos, who homered in a reserve role on Tuesday, is back in the Cardinals' lineup in center field tonight and Matt Holliday is not in the field. But Holliday, normally the Cardinals' left fielder, is occupying the designated hitter role as the Cardinals play their first interleague game on the road. Holliday is 12 for 52 (.231) with two homers as a DH.
Rookies Randal Grichuk and Oscar Taveras will flank Bourjos, a .207 hitter this year, in the outfield as Holliday gets a night off from defense. Bourjos is just two for 16 with seven strikeouts against Kansas City Royals starter Jason Vargas, but Bourjos said today, "A lot of that was early in his career. I've been seeing the ball fairly well off him. I just have nothing to show for it."
Kolten Wong, who suffered a bruised left shoulder in trying to make a diving defensive play on Tuesday, said he was better today but, with lefthander Vargas pitching tonight for Kansas City, lefthanded-hitting Wong will sit out anyway.
Mark Ellis, a righthanded batter who is four for 12 (.333) against Vargas, will be at second base. Adam Wainwright is a .286 hitter this season but he will be limited just to pitching tonight.
Kansas City lineup