Cards walk away with series victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Somebody’s going to see Colby Rasmus had only one at-bat in St. Louis’ 9-8 victory over Kansas City and wonder how long he was in the game.

“I’ll tell them about 4 hours and 30 minutes worth,” deadpanned the weary center fielder.

St. Louis drew 13 walks in the 4 hour, 9 minute affair and Rasmus had five, each one off a different pitcher. In the 10th inning of the wacky afternoon affair with the bases loaded in a 7-7 tie, Tim Collins threw him four straight bad ones. That forced in the go-ahead run as the Cardinals took the always-lively interleague series between state rivals two games to one.

“A couple of (at-bats) they didn’t give me nothing, really,” Rasmus said. “And a couple of times I battled off some tough pitches. They threw me some good pitches and I battled them to a walk.”

Yadier Molina had a double, two singles and a two-run triple for the Cardinals, who have won six of seven and opened a 21/2-game lead in the National League Central.

While the Cardinals were drawing 13 walks, the Royals were getting only one, which led to arguments with home plate umpire Angel Campos and the ejection of Royals manager Ned Yost and catcher Matt Treanor in the seventh inning.

“You’ve got a young umpire back there and out of respect we try not to say too much to him from the bench,” said Yost. “The zone was tight and Matt Treanor did a great job there. Nobody knew they were arguing until he turned around.”

The Cardinals lost backup catcher Gerald Laird when he was hit by a pitch from Louis Coleman (0-1) in the 10th inning and broke the index finger on his right hand.

With the game tied 7-all, Tyler Green walked leading off the 10th and went to second when Mike Aviles made a poor throw to first on Albert Pujols’ grounder for Kansas City’s second error. Coleman, who started the inning, then hit Laird, loading the bases with no outs and bringing Collins out of the bullpen.

Collins walked Rasmus on four pitches and then with one out walked Molina, giving him his third RBI.