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Burgos trumps Cards' rally in Royals victory

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kansas City closer Ambiorix Burgos, with no
margin for error, kept St. Louis down.

Burgos (2-3) struck out pinch-hitters Scott Spiezio and Aaron Miles with the bases loaded to end the ninth inning of a tie game,
the key to the Royals' 7-5, 10-inning victory Friday night.
Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs' sacrifice fly in the 10th drove in the
go-ahead run as the Royals handed their cross-state rivals their
ninth loss in 10 games.

"That was a man's job right there, boy," manager Buddy Bell
said. "The situation doesn't get any tougher than that. It was
huge, really big."

The Royals have won only two of the last 10 against the
Cardinals and got swept in Kansas City on May 19-21. Kansas City,
which trailed 5-3 after five innings, rebounded from a 6-5 loss at
Cincinnati on Thursday.

Mark Teahen, who homered against Adam Wainwright in the eighth
to tie it at 5, led off the 10th with a walk against Braden Looper
(3-1), and went to third on Emil Brown's single. Angel Berroa
grounded into a force play against a drawn-in infield but Stairs,
who's 3-for-10 in the pinch with a homer and four RBI, hit a
flyball just deep enough to score the go-ahead run.

"When I hit it I think I put my head down knowing I let the
team down," Stairs said. "But when I looked up Teahen was going
and he came in safe."

Joey Gathright followed with an RBI double for a two-run cushion
for the Royals, 11-32 on the road overall but 9-12 since May 26.

Looper said Burgos' escape in the ninth didn't factor into his
struggles in the 10th.

"Obviously, with the bases loaded and one out there's a good
chance, but you've still got to stay focused," Looper said. "I
was mentally ready, but I just walked the first guy. You can't do
that."

Pitcher Jeff Suppan had a pair of RBI singles to compensate for
a so-so performance on the mound for the Cardinals, whose slump has
come entirely against the AL Central. Juan Encarnacion had two hits
and an RBI for St. Louis, which snapped an eight-game losing streak
on Wednesday and had the day off Thursday.

"I made some mistakes tonight," Suppan said. "I had the
leadoff guy on a lot, runners in scoring position a lot. Anytime
you put yourself in that kind of trouble it makes it a little
harder."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa pointed the finger at Jim Edmonds, who stranded five runners with groundouts in the fourth
and fifth and went 1-for-6 with a single in the 10th.

"Jim had a bunch of chances," La Russa said. "That one base
hit he got in the 10th, if he'd had had that in any one of those
other at-bats, it could have led to something good."

Doug Mientkiewicz homered and drove in three runs for the
Royals. David DeJesus doubled twice and scored twice and Angel
Berroa had two hits.

Royals starter Brandon Duckworth lasted 4 2-3 innings and gave
up five runs, four earned, and 11 hits.

DeJesus led off the game with a double and scored on
Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly to put the Royals ahead, and the
Cardinals began the second with doubles by Scott Rolen and
Encarnacion to tie it. Mientkiewicz's fourth homer, a two-run shot
in the third, put the Royals ahead 3-1.

Suppan's first RBI single cut the deficit to one in the fourth
as Hector Luna deft slide, touching the base with his left hand,
eluded a tag from catcher John Buck. His second RBI, this time on a
bases-loaded infield hit, gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead in a
three-run fifth. Yadier Molina added a run-scoring single in the
rally.

A third run scored, making it 5-3, when Berroa bobbled David
Eckstein's routine bases-loaded grounder to shortstop with two outs
and flipped late to second for a force even though Suppan was
running.

Pinch-hitter Esteban German doubled in Berroa in the sixth to
cut it to one. German is 6-for-11 as a pinch hitter.

Game notes
Royals 2B Mark Grudzielanek had no errors for the 70th
consecutive game, tying Frank White's franchise record set from
Sept. 2, 1987, to June 20, 1988. He's the only regular 2B in the
major leagues without an error. ... The Cardinals were 9-16 in
June, ending a run of 14 consecutive winning months since July
2003. It's the third-worst June in franchise history behind an 8-21
record in 1971 and an 11-20 showing in 1965. ... Duckworth made the
play of the game, snaring an Albert Pujols liner right back at him
in self-defense in the third. ... Cardinals backup C Gary Bennett,
who missed three games earlier this week with a muscle strain on
his left side, caught the 10th.