Losing is always tough. Wasting four home runs in an 11-8 setback to St. Louis felt particularly galling to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
The loss gave the visitors a three-game sweep in Kauffman Stadium just a week after KC took two out of three on the Cardinals turf.
''It's real disappointing any time you drop three straight,'' said Mike Moustakas, the second-year third baseman who hit two of the home runs and had three RBIs. ''We played good baseball today and battled back, but we just couldn't get there at the end.''
Carlos Beltran had a three-run home run and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each drove in two runs for the Cardinals, who had scored just eleven runs their three previous games but amassed 41 hits and 30 runs in routing the Royals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Starter Jonathan Sanchez and reliever Tim Collins (4-2) combined to give the Cardinals nine walks on Sunday. And while two of the walks were intentional, that just means the pitchers had done something...