MLB Insiders - 27 Man Roster

Albert Pujols homered in each game of the three-game series at Kansas City.

If you thought the Cardinals' 25-man roster was pretty good, how about Nos. 26 and 27? Not only do the Cardinals have the most wins in the National League at 29, but they prospered the last two days in Kansas City with players who weren't even on their club as of Saturday afternoon.

First, right-hander Anthony Reyes was summoned from Triple-A Memphis because of an elbow injury to right-hander Sidney Ponson, and Reyes blanked Kansas City for 5 2/3 innings Saturday night in a 4-2 win.

With a fifth starter not needed for a while, Reyes was dispatched back to Memphis on Sunday morning, and outfielder Chris Duncan, hitting .260 in Triple-A after an awful start, was recalled.

Duncan's 416-foot, two-run drive into the center-field greenery untied a 1-1 game in the fifth inning and propelled the Cardinals to a 10-3 victory over the Royals. St. Louis completed the interleague series sweep and extended its lead in the National League Central to four games.

The Cardinals have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Royals over four seasons, while the Royals have lost nine games in a row overall.

REPLAY: After Kansas City's Scott Elarton had faced the minimum of 11 hitters, Albert Pujols hit his 22nd homer in the fourth inning and, an inning later, Chris Duncan hit a two-run homer and Hector Luna added a solo shot. That was all the offense the Cardinals needed to take a 4-2 win at Kansas City.

Jeff Suppan posted the 99th win of his career (he has 99 losses), surviving seven hits, two walks and two hit batsmen in six innings.


--The Cardinals won easily Sunday with a starting lineup that did not include 3B Scott Rolen, RF Juan Encarnacion, C Yadier Molina and SS David Eckstein. Eckstein had started the first 43 games.

--1B Albert Pujols homered in each game of the three-game series at Kansas City, something he hadn't done since late in 2004 against San Diego.

--3B Scott Spiezio made three starts, including two as the DH, and had five hits and three walks over the weekend.

--CF Jim Edmonds, 1 for his last 20, singled home two runs Sunday after 1B Albert Pujols had been walked intentionally in front of him in the seventh inning.

--DH Chris Duncan, who hit the last regular-season homer at the former Busch Stadium in October 2005, homered in his second at-bat of the season Sunday. He was called up earlier in the day when RHP Anthony Reyes was returned to Triple-A Memphis.

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