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A visual recap of Thursday's rain-soaked, eight-hour Royals-Cardinals game

There was rain in the forecast Thursday in St. Louis, but an announced crowd of 43,916 still came out to Busch Stadium to see the Cardinals take on Kansas City.

Umbrellas

Top prospect Michael Wacha made his Major League debut for the home side, and he was dealing:

The fans (or at least Fozzie Bear) thoroughly enjoyed the right-hander's effort (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 Ks).

WachaSign

St. Louis scored twice in the first before Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 Ks) settled in.

Guthrie

Lorenzo Cain flew home to cut St. Louis' lead to 2-1 in the fifth and the continued his Superman impression in center an inning later:

It remained 2-1 Cards until Jeff Francoeur led off the top of the ninth against Mitchell Boggs:

Just like new hitting coach George Brett drew it up, the rally was on. Four batters later, Eric Hosmer doubled in two runs to give KC a 4-2 lead. The bases were loaded with nobody out when the rains came:

Rain

And kept coming:

Craig

The grounds crew did their best, but the delay lasted four hours and 32 minutes:

Crew

The Gateway Arch got struck by lightning:

Lightning

Eventually, they started drying the field:

Drying

Even Jeremy Guthrie helped.

But it was close to 3AM and most of the fans had gone home.

Delay

Nevertheless, the game resumed at 3:04 AM.

Resumed Play

With a crowd of tens watching:

Dugout

Greg Holland tossed a perfect ninth, and the Royals ended an eight-game skid by completing their comeback victory at 3:14 AM.

Win

"Look, when you're trying to break a streak, you'll play at 5 in the morning," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Thankfully, it didn't come to that -- this time. 

-- Dakota Gardner / MLB.com