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Royals win 3-2 in rain-shortened proof of karma

Alex Gordon homers, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both double. Edinson Volquez pitches a complete game.

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Not even the gods themselves could stop them. Well, they did stop them. Presumably to let the Senior Circuit Sons save face at the hands of another inevitable defeat.

It makes sense, considering the shenanigans at Busch Stadium in 2013, which the Royals also won 4-2 despite the St. Louis' grounds crew's best efforts to the contrary.

Kansas City won 3-2 Saturday night in a game shortened by rain. The rain was not a surprise. It was expected from early this afternoon, and considering how much chatter the announcers were giving about it, and the fact that Mike Matheny mentioned it during an in-game interview, it was easy to get the sense that both teams were well aware that this game was going to be a short one.

Bearing that in mind, both teams took aggressive approaches at the plate. The difference being that "aggressive" is what the Cardinals call swinging early and often, and what the Royals call "just another day at the plate."

The strategy paid off eventually; Alex Gordon drove a rain-soaked ball over the fence in right field for a two-run home run, staking the Royals to a 2-1 lead. Despite multiple base runners, the Cardinals couldn't capitalize against Edinson Volquez, who gets credit for the complete game.

Eric Hosmer scored the other Royals run after leading off the inning with a double. He then moved to third on a flyout to left, because Matt Holliday pretends to play defense out there, and then scored on a Salvador Perez single up the left field line (following an intentional walk to Alex Gordon, who went first to third on the sharp ground ball, because again, Holliday).

The Royals have won five in a row and seven of their last eight. They have the best record in the major leagues at 28-14. They have taken two straight from the Cardinals after sweeping the Reds in a two-game set.

The bullpen gets a day off heading into tomorrow's contest, where we will get the much-anticipated Wacha Wacha/Flame matchup that we have all been waiting for. Rain is also in the forecast.

Rain is always in the forecast.

EDIT: Mike Moustakas left the game after taking a bad hop ground ball off of his left clavicle. He stayed around for the inning, but was replaced by Christian Colon as a defensive sub in the next frame. He is listed as day-to-day with a contusion.