ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kansas City third baseman Mark Teahen is in no
hurry to leave St. Louis.
Teahen hit a solo homer and matched a career high with four RBI
to help the Kansas City Royals beat the slumping St. Louis
Cardinals 8-7 in 11 innings Saturday night.
The night before, Teahen hit a game-tying solo home run in the
eighth inning and later scored the winning run for the Royals, who
have won the first two games of the series.
"I'd like to (stay)," Teahen said. "It's been pretty good the
last few games."
The Royals blew a six-run lead and overcame a bases-loaded, no
out situation in the 10th to win for the ninth time in 12 tries.
St. Louis, which walked a season-high 10 batters, has lost 10 of
its last 11 games.
"I guess it was a fun game for the fans," said Kansas City
manager Buddy Bell. "We don't like playing games like that."
The Cardinals were poised to win the game in the bottom of the
10th off Kansas City reliever Luke Hudson (1-3), as they loaded the
bases with no out. But Hudson got Aaron Miles to ground out to
first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who threw home for the force out.
David Eckstein then struck out on a two-strike attempted squeeze
bunt that was fouled off. Jim Edmonds, who had homered to tie the
game in the ninth inning, flew out to center to end the inning.
"We had a chance to win it," said St. Louis manager Tony La
Russa, who called Eckstein's squeeze attempt a miscommunicatioin
between him and third base coach Jose Oquendo. "It was a big
Hudson also pitched the 11th inning to get his first win.
Jason Isringhausen (2-4) pitched a scoreless 10th inning, but
gave up the home run to Teahen on a 3-2 pitch to lead off the 11th.
That was the only hit that Isringhausen allowed.
"I knew 3-2, he wasn't going to throw me too much off speed and
walk me to lead off the inning," Teahen said. "He got a pitch up,
and I got to it."
Teahen has eight multihit games and has driven in 15 runs since
being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on June 3. He said his trip to
Omaha helped him with his focus.
"I think it got me to relax a little bit and know exactly what
I wanted to work on," Teahen said. "I'm just sticking with it and
trying to do my part and not do too much."
David DeJesus went 4-for-6 with three runs scored for Kansas
Albert Pujols went 4-for-6 for the Cardinals.
Kansas City built a 6-0 lead, roughing up St. Louis starter
Sidney Ponson for six runs in 2 2-3 innings.
DeJesus led off the game with a single and scored when
Grudzielanek followed with a double. Ponson then walked Doug
Mientkiewicz and Teahen drove him and Grudzielanek home with a
double. Teahan later scored on Joey Gathright's ground out to short
that made it 4-0.
Ponson, who allowed seven hits and walked five, gave up single
runs in the second and third innings on an RBI single by
Mientkiewicz and another RBI double by Grudzielanek.
The start by Ponson was the latest in a string of poor outings
by Cardinals starters. The pitching staff had a National League
worst 6.09 ERA in June, and La Russa said is refusing to blame the
Cardinals' woes all on the starters.
"We're losing with our bullpen, we're losing with managing,"
LaRussa said. "Our offense is not scoring. Why would you pick on
our rotation? We're all losing."
Kansas City starter Mark Redman, who went 5-0 in June, was not
much better. Despite being given the big lead, Redman lasted just
five innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.
St. Louis got on the board off Redman in the fourth when Albert
Pujols singled with one out and Scott Rolen followed with a home
run into the Royals' bullpen in left center.
Yadier Molina then led off the next inning with a 411-foot home
run. The Cardinals would go on to score twice more in that frame on
two-out, RBI singles by Scott Spezio and Pujols that cut the lead
to 6-5. St. Louis tied the game on Spezio's home run off Joel
Peralta with two out in the seventh.
But Kansas City came right back to take a 7-6 advantage in the
eighth when reliever Randy Flores walked three straight batters,
the last one being Teahen, to force in a run. St. Louis tied it in
the ninth on Edmonds' pinch-hit home run with one out off Ambiorix
Burgos, who blew his seventh save.
DeJesus has scored 24 runs in 31 games since returning
from the disabled list May 29. ... Grudzielanek broke Frank White's
team record for second baseman with his 71st consecutive game
without an error. He is the only starting second baseman in the
majors that has yet to make an error this season. ... After
committing just 11 errors in June, the Cardinals had two errors
Saturday with Pujols and second baseman Hector Luna each botching
ground balls. ... Rolen has 34 RBI in his last 40 games. ...
Edmonds' pinch-hit home run was the second of his career. His first
came back on July 28, 1996 against Milwaukee as a member of the