The status quo was in full effect at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, as the Cardinals and Royals started their four-game Interleague series, which is split between Kansas City and St. Louis.
The Cardinals' 6-3 victory gave them 19 wins in their past 25 games and handed the Royals their sixth consecutive loss and 10th in their past 11. Entering Tuesday night's finale at Kauffman, St. Louis is 17-7 in its past 24 meetings with its in-state rival and 43-30 overall.
The Royals will try to turn those trends around while helping Ervin Santana finally secure his 100th career win. This will be the veteran right-hander's fifth try at the century mark, as he faces Cardinals rookie Tyler Lyons.
Santana (3-4, 3.14 ERA), making only his second career start against St. Louis, has been getting less than three runs of support per outing. But his last time out, it was the home run ball that was most to blame. Santana, who led the league by serving up 39 homers in 2012, surrendered four against his former team, the Angels.
"[Santana] throws a lot of strikes, and he's around the plate. He had his fastball up to 95 tonight, and these guys got a lot of power," manager Ned Yost said after that loss.
Lyons is hoping that his second Major League start lives up to his first. The 25-year-old lefty had a 4.47 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Memphis this year, but held the Padres to one run on four hits over seven innings Wednesday. He struck out four and walked one, using only 81 pitches.
The Cardinals have brought up plenty of reinforcements lately to compensate for injuries in their pitching staff -- they need another Thursday -- and Lyons' performance certainly earned him a longer stay in the big leagues.
"That was a great job when we really needed it," manager Mike Matheny said. "He went out there and didn't look like he was trying to do too much. He looked like the same pitcher we saw all Spring Training that impressed us."
Cardinals: Holliday gets day off
• Left fielder Matt Holliday wasn't in the lineup Monday, as Matheny elected to give him a day to rest. Holliday is 0-for-11 over his past three games and 5-for-32 over his past eight. He hasn't homered since May 13.
• Playing in the American League park gives Matheny a chance to get an extra bat in the lineup. On Monday, he put Carlos Beltran at designated hitter, moved Allen Craig to the outfield and got slugger Matt Adams a start at first base.
Adams entered the day hitting .405 in 42 at-bats. But he went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in his third start of the month, making him 4-for-his-last-23.
Royals: Moustakas likely out again
Third baseman Mike Moustakas is expected to be out of the lineup for the third straight game Tuesday, as the Royals face the lefty Lyons. Moustakas is locked in a 3-for-44 slump and is dealing with a quad contusion.
Yost also wanted to get as many veterans as possible in the lineup Monday in an effort to stop the team's recent slide. Miguel Tejada started at third and went 1-for-3.
"Today I woke up and I'm thinking, 'OK, I'm going with as many veterans as I can in the lineup today,'" Yost said. "They know how to get through stuff. I'm looking for energy, life, veteran experience, and let's see if we can punch out of this thing. Try something, man, nothing's working. Switching the lineup ain't going to work. Switch the players and see what happens."
• Ty Wigginton (5-for-14) and Holliday (2-for-6) are the only Cardinals to face Santana. Both players have a home run against him.