Cardinals hit three homers, crush Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong homered as the St. Louis Cardinals blasted the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Monday night.

Carpenter hit a three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning. Wong and DeJong hit two-run shots in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (8-9) gave up two runs on six hits over eight innings. He struck out seven and walked none, throwing 102 pitches.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy (4-8) allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits and four walks over six innings.

The Cardinals improved to 33-19 at Kauffman Stadium, and they have scored in double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this season. They had 13 runs on Sunday at Cincinnati.

Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Brandon Moss hit solo homers for the Royals.

Dexter Fowler, who was just reinstated from the disabled list, tripled in the second and scored St. Louis' first run on Wong's sacrifice fly to center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

The Cardinals scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

Jose Martinez, who was sold to the Cardinals by the Royals in May 2016 after he was designated for assignment, led off the inning with a single. He stopped at third on Yadier Molina's double down the left field line.

Fowler walked to load the bases with nobody out. Wong reached on an error on shortstop Alcides Escobar, allowing Jose Martinez to score. After Randal Grichuk struck out, Greg Garcia walked with the bases loaded, scoring Molina.

Next, Kansas City's Drew Butera, who is filling in for injured All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt of Fowler at third base. Fowler scored on the throw that wound up in left field.

Carpenter capped off the inning with a three-run homer, belting a 2-2 Kennedy pitch over the right field fence.

Moustakas' second-inning home run was his 32nd, four shy of the Royals' franchise record.

Hosmer hit his long ball the opposite way in the bottom of the fourth, his 18th home run, to close the gap to 7-2.

Moss' solo shot in the ninth accounted for the Royals' final run.

NOTES: The Cardinals activated OF Dexter Fowler off the disabled list, and he went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs. He had been out with a left forearm strain. St. Louis optioned OF Stephen Piscotty, who was hitting .232, to Triple-A Memphis. ... Royals C Salvador Perez, who is out with a right intercostal strain, said there is no timetable set for his return. ... 3B Jedd Gyorko was held out of the St. Louis lineup for the third time in four games. ... Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha and Royals LHP Jason Vargas are the Tuesday probables.
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