Wainwright permitted the Royals to get three two-out hits to score runs. But he also commited back-to-back errors in the first inning to lead to a run. And he knocked a bunt attempt by pitcher Odalis Perez into foul territory after missing on a diving try in the fourth. Perez reached base on the play and scored on Mark Teahen's two-out single.
Juan Encarnacion had one of those good-news, bad-news nights and the news probably was more bad than good. Encarnacion singled in the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, one shy of his personal best, but he hit into two double plays with the bases loaded after Albert Pujols had been walked intentionally both times.
The Cardinals scored one run on the first double play, but the second double play ended the fifth inning when the Cardinals already had one run in and could have had several more against Perez, whom they pasted last week.
Once again, the Cardinals have dropped 7-1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central Division.
ROYALS 5, CARDINALS 3: The Cardinals have lost just two season series in 10 years to their cross-state rivals in interleague play, but they are in danger of losing this one. Kansas City has a 3-1 lead with two games to play. The Cardinals, whose team ERA of 5.16 was the worst in the league, allowed just four earned runs on Monday but pitcher Adam Wainwright committed two errors and failed to make another defensive play, leading to two runs for the Royals.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--CF So Taguchi had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games, in which he is 17-for-36 (.472).
--INF-OF Scott Spiezio, who pitched an inning for the Cardinals on Friday, made his first start of the season at second base.
--RHP Kip Wells, who was ticketed for the bullpen, gained a reprieve when Looper went on the DL and will start Tuesday against Kansas City.