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Trevor Rosenthal pitched himself out of trouble in the ninth inning and the Cardinals held off the Royals 4-3 at Busch Stadium on Thursday night. The Cardinals built a 4-2 lead on two run homers by Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter in the second and third innings. John Lackey gave the Redbirds a quality start, going seven innings, allowing just two first inning runs. Rosenthal entered the game with a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning. Kansas City's Omar Infante's triple scored Alex Rios to cut the lead to 4-3. The Royals then had runners on second and third and no body out, when Rosenthal finally went to work. He struck out Dusty Coleman for the first out of the ninth. Rosenthal then got Alcides Escobar to ground to third. Matt Carpenter threw home to get Infante and preserve the 4-3 lead. Rosenthal completed the Houdini act, getting Mike Moustakas to ground out to second base to end the game.
Cardinals win 4-3. They now have 61-34 record. That tied their high water mark for the season, 27 game over the 500 mark. Lackey gets the win to improve to 9-5, while Rosenthal earned his 30th save of the year. Here is post game reaction after the dramatic win.