MLB: Royals 5, Cards 1
ST. LOUIS For weeks, Royals starting pitchers have struggled to both give manager Ned Yost length and their offense a chance to breathe.
Theyve dug themselves into early ruts, allowing 19 first-inning runs through 20 games in May after allowing just 16 first-inning runs in the first 28 games of the season. Theyve often labored just to get through five innings.
But on Tuesday at Busch Stadium, Jason Hammel bucked the trend as the Royals beat the Cardinals, 5-1.