ST. LOUIS (AP) - Yadier Molina hit a grand slam one pitch after a cat ran onto the field in the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rally to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Wednesday night and move 1 1/2 games behind the Cubs in the National League Central.
The Cardinals loaded the bases off Royals relievers Brandon Maurer and Peter Moylan. Molina was at the plate, with two outs, when the cat came onto the field and ran toward the center field wall.
On the next pitch, Molina drilled his 14th homer of the season into the left field seats for his fifth career slam.
Melky Cabrera hit his 15th home run, a two-run shot, that had given the Royals a 5-4 lead in the fifth.
St. Louis looks to complete a four-game sweep of Kansas City at Busch Stadium Thursday night. Lance Lynn (10-6) starts for the Cardinals while Jason Hammel (5-9) goes for the Royals. Game time is 6:15 with the pre-game at 5:20 on KTLO-AM.
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