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Carpenter homers as Cards rout Royals

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar tries to force out St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday. Wong was safe on the play.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a three-run homer in St. Louis’ six-run fourth inning, and the Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Monday night for their third consecutive victory.
Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong also connected for the Cardinals, who returned to .500 at 56-56. Carlos Martinez (8-9) pitched eight innings of two-run ball for just his second win in his last nine starts.
St. Louis also got some help from Kansas City during its outburst in the fourth. Ian Kennedy (4-8) walked No. 9 hitter Greg Garcia on five pitches with the bases loaded, and ...


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