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Cardinals lose challenge on Cain's infield hit

Safe ruling stands on bang-bang play at first base in seventh inning

ST. LOUIS -- In a game where offense was hard to come by, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny challenged a safe call at first base Monday night against Kansas City.

In the seventh inning at Busch Stadium, after the Royals scored the first run of the game and had a runner on first with none out, Lorenzo Cain hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Matt Carpenter. Cain was called safe at first, and Matheny challenged.

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There was no evidence to overturn the call, and Cain later came around to score on Mike Moustakas' two-run double to extend the Royals' lead to 3-0.

Matheny is now 2-for-5 in replay challenges this season.

Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for

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