St. Louis Cardinals defeat Kansas City Royals, 10-5

KANSAS CITY - Ryan Ludwick looked up from a 2-0 third-inning lead Friday night and wished a slumping hitter's wish.

On this night, might his hanging fly ball drop beyond the left-center field wall?

On this night it did.

"I thought I got it," Ludwick said. "But then again, I thought I got that ball I hit later to right field, too. And that one stayed in."

When his third-inning launch dropped into the new bleachers in renovated Kauffman Stadium, the Cardinals' ri...