Lopez key hit in 9th after long rain delay, KC tops Cards

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ST. LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 8: Nicky Lopez #8 of the Kansas City Royals hits an RBI single in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 8, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nicky Lopez hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning after a long rain delay and the Kansas City Royals averted a three-game sweep, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5.

Dylan Carlson homered for St. Louis, which has lost four of six. It was 5-all when Hanser Alberto began the Royals ninth with a single off closer Alex Reyes.

Jarrod Dyson put down a bunt that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt threw wildly trying for a forceout, leaving runners at second and third before play was stopped for 2 hours, 10 minutes.

When the game resumed, Lopez delivered a one-out hit to right to break the tie.

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