After the Cards got Kulik an early first-inning lead of 1-0, the left-hander allowed a pair of runs in the third inning, as Tulsa took a 2-1 lead. Michael Paulk and Ryan Harvey had back-to-back two-out hits to each drive in a run.
Left-hander Xavier Cedeno (1-1), on in relief of Tulsa starter Samuel Deduno, gave up three in the fifth, after retiring the first seven hitters he faced. With one out Cedeno walked Pete Kozma. Kulik followed by laying down a sacrifice bunt. With Kozma at second, Daryl Jones delivered a game-tying single, scoring Kozma to even the game at 2-2. Jim Rapoport, who tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning, picked up his second hit of the game, by delivering another two-out single, chasing Jones to third base. Henley followed with a two-run double down the left-field line, making it a 4-2 advantage for Springfield.
The Cards added three more in the sixth, taking a 7-2 lead over Tulsa reliever Jonathan George. After a throwing error allowed a run to score, Curt Smith added an RBI single, putting the Cards up 6-2. Henley capped the inning with a sac fly, scoring Smith for a 7-2 lead.
That was enough support for Ryan Kulik, who turned in a quality start to earn his first Texas League victory. Kulik (1-2) allowed two runs in six innings, scattering seven hits in the victory.
Marco Gonzalez came on for Kulik in the seventh and worked a pair of scoreless innings.
Springfield capped the scoring with a pair in the eighth, highlighted by a Steven Hill run-scoring single.
Eddie Degerman finished up with a scoreless ninth inning.
The win for Springfield (25-18) keeps them two full games ahead of Tulsa (23-20) in the North Division. The Cards will hit the road for six straight games, beginning on Wednesday, May 27th. Lance Lynn (3-0) will take on Ernesto Frieri (5-1) on Wednesday night, as Springfield visits San Antonio for the first of three straight vs. the Missions. Game time on Wednesday will be 7:05pm.
The Redbirds won't return to Hammons Field until Wednesday, June 3rd, when they open a six-game home stand. Tickets are available for the upcoming home stand, by calling (417) 863-2143 or online at springfieldcardinals.com.