Cat crashes Cardinals, Royals MLB game

Rally Cat

It's well known that cats chase birds, but a friendly feline who dashed onto the field Wednesday night at Busch Stadium appeared to be after the wrong type of Cardinal. The Cardinals won the game, 8-5, moving them to with 1 1/2 games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

Kansas City was leading 5-4 at the time and play was delayed for a couple minutes while the grounds crew collected the cat. But Lance Lynn was particularly wonderful Thursday night, taking a line drive off the head and reusing to come out of the game.

An inning earlier, St. Louis was struggling to crack the code on Royals starter Jason Hammel.

Kansas City has some key bats this year.

"The rally cat showed up just in time to get the Cardinals on a roll and here at sports print we were the first ones to knock out the rally cat t-shirt", says Ralph Rockmann with Sportsprint.

The St. Louis squad has lost track of the feline but is "hopeful someone will find the cat and contact us so we can properly care for it". After Paul DeJong fanned for the second out, Dexter Fowler was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Molina.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar snapped an 0-for-20 streak with a single in the sixth inning. Whit Merrifield had four hits and Melky Cabrera homered and drove in three runs. Tyler Lyons picked up the win in relief of Lance Lynn.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 2-6 in their last eight Thursday games, and 5-1 in Lynn's last six starts.

Cardinals righty Mike Leake was pounded for 11 hits and five runs (four earned) over five innings.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, St. Louis is favored at home, as the Cardinals are getting odds of -140 to win.

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