The Cardinals' ace struck out eight batters, but a bobbled strikeout pitch from Yadier Molina led to a two-run night for Kansas City to send Wednesday night's game to extras. St. Louis still managed to plate three runs in the 11th to beat the Royals 5-2 at Kauffman Stadium.
The bobbled ball allowed Eric Hosmer to reach first, leading to the Royals (28-31) loading the bases with no outs. Salvador Perez scored him by grounding into a fielder's choice.
Lorenzo Cain tied the game with an RBI single. Trevor Rosenthal came back to strike out Mike Moustakas and force Alcides Escobar to line out to short to prevent a walk off win.
Wainright allowed just four hits and two walks over his eight innings. Sam Freeman (1-0) earned his first victory with one perfect inning of work.
Kelvin Herrera (1-2) surrendered an RBI double to Matt Carpenter and a two-run single to Allen Craig that proved to be the difference.
Jason Vargas struck out three and gave up nine hits over his eight innings of work.
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