KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)– The Cardinals are headed back to Busch Arena with their playoff fate still in their hands.
No thanks to Salvador Perez and Franchy Cordero.
The set of Royals each hit 2 homers and drove in 5 runs Wednesday night, and out-of-contention Kansas City got a solid start from Danny Duffy while mauling playoff-chasing St. Louis 12 -3 in their series ending.
The Cardinals (27-26) stay 3 1/2 games back of first-place Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs lost to Pittsburgh, but their edge for the No. 2 spot in the department was almost erased. The Reds (29-28) beat the Makers (27-28) in their series finale to close within percentage points of St. Louis headed towards an essential final weekend.
” We do have our fate in our own hands,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, whose team has 5 games in 4 days versus Milwaukee starting Thursday night. “We simply came off a 13- game, 10- day trip with a winning record, so we have to feel great about that. And we have our fate in our hands, and I feel good about it.”
Both of Perez’s homers came off Carlos Martinez (0-3), who departed with a strained lower back with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth. Seth Elledge inherited a 1-0 count versus Cordero, who had actually just returned from a wrist injury, and he crushed his very first homer of the year 2 pitches later on to extend the Kansas City lead.
Cordero included a solo shot off Kodi Whitley in the seventh for his second career multi-homer game.
” He placed on a program,” Royals manager Mike Matheny stated. “He just took control of.”
Duffy (4-4) enabled Dexter Fowler’s single in the fifth inning and packed the bases in the sixth, however reducer Scott Barlow retired pinch-hitter Brad Miller to preserve a 6-1 lead. The Royals’ bullpen handled the Cardinals the rest of the way to give Kansas City its very first rubber-game win in 6 tries this season.
” I had no idea,” Matheny stated. “As soon as once again, we’re thinking of winning every game. There’s something to be said for winning series. To have the kind of continual success we wish to have, you need to be winning series.”
Cincinnati has actually three games left versus Minnesota, while the tired Cardinals face Milwaukee. If needed to settle who remains in the playoffs or home-field benefit, the Cardinals also could have two makeup video games against Detroit on Monday.
A minimum of the Cardinals will not need to deal with Perez again.
The hot-hitting Royals catcher sent the very first pitch he saw from Martinez an estimated 437 feet to center field for a two-run homer. 2 innings later, he crushed a 1-0 providing an approximated 435 feet to left for a three-run shot. It was the sixth profession multi-homer game for Perez, who is striking.358 for the season, and the third with five RBIs.
” You know, when a man shows that elite capability and elite skill on both sides of the ball, day-in and day-out, it doesn’t surprise you anymore,” Duffy stated. “It’s what we have actually pertained to anticipate. He does what he does. He’s a pro.”
OF Bubba Starling (back convulsions) and RHP Kyle Zimmer (elbow discomfort) were put on the injured list. Cordero and LHP Mike Montgomery (lat strain) returned from rehab tasks. RHP Jakob Junis was recalled from the alternate training website and INF/OF Erick Mejia was optioned there. RHP Matt Harvey (lat strain) was moved to the 45- day IL.
Cardinals RHP Dakota Hudson (flexor tendon) was taken a look at by team medical director Dr. George A. Paletta Jr. and will seek a second opinion. Hudson was 3-1 with a 2.77 AGE when he was shut down for the season.
” I do not believe we’re in a location where we’re going public with (the results),” said Shildt, who decreased to say whether surgical treatment will be needed. “Not trying to be coy. There’s just some semantics here from a timing standpoint. He did see Dr. Paletta and all the imaging has actually been looked at and he knows what’s going on.”
GOMBER GETS BALL
RHP Austin Gomber made the potentially essential Sunday start against Milwaukee in the Cardinals’ final scheduled regular-season video game. Gomber took Hudson’s location versus Kansas City on Tuesday night and pitched 6 innings of four-hit ball.
Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0, 1.59 PERIOD) begins versus the Brewers on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.
Royals: LHP Kris Bubic (1-6, 3.97) goes Thursday night to open a season-ending four-game set versus Detroit at Kauffman Arena.
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