A pitcher’s duel broke out to start Monday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals, but Alex Gordon broke out in the seventh inning. Gordon led off that frame with a solo home run, and the Royals never looked back en route to a 6-0 win.
Shelby Miller (6-5) faced only 21 batters through six innings, but struggled through Gordon (1-3, HR, RBI, BB) and six others in the game’s pivotal inning. The Cardinal starter threw two wild pitches in the seventh, and saw struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI) double in two runs to provide a three-run cushion that St. Louis didn’t threaten to dent.
Cardinal left fielder Matt Holliday (2-3, BB) scattered two of the three St. Louis hits on a night where Royals starter Danny Duffy (3-5) only allowed one safety. The Cardinals are now in a streak of 19 straight scoreless innings, following a shutout Sunday at the hands of the San Francisco Giants.
The I-70 Series enters Round Two Tuesday evening at Busch Stadium. Kansas City ace James Shields will try to keep the Redbirds down, while Jaime Garcia will try to end a nine-game homestand with a St. Louis win. Pregame coverage begins at 5:20 on ESPN 103.1 and 1580 AM KTGR.