Royals avoid sweep with 3-2 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Brian Bannister worked six strong innings and drove in a run and pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs' RBI single snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping the Kansas City Royals avoid a 3-game sweep in the I-70 interleague series with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

The Royals ended a 24-inning scoreless drought and finally got to St. Louis pitching, which shut them out 5-0 each of the first two games. Kansas City, which has only two pinch-hit RBIs all season, has won only 5 of its last 15 games.

The Cardinals entered the finale with a 5-game winning streak behind stingy starters who allowed only one run in 36 2-3 innings. All three games were sold out.

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