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Royals spoil Wacha's debut, end 8-game skid with rain-delayed 4-2 win over Cardinals

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    St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran catches a ball hit by Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas for an out during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press

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    St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter applauds after scoring on a single by teammate Allen Craig during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 30, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press

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    Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie stands on the mound after giving up an RBI-single to St. Louis Cardinals' David Freese during the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, May 30, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press

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    Kansas City Royals interim hitting coach George Brett, left, talks in the dugout with Royals' Billy Butler before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 30, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press

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    St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha thows his first pitch during his major league debut in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 30, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The Associated Press

Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer combined for three RBIs in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen and the Kansas City Royals spoiled Michael Wacha's almost spotless debut, snapping an eight-game losing streak with a soggy 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Hall of Famer George Brett's debut as interim batting coach was a success and the Royals avoided a four-game sweep despite totaling just four hits in a marathon delayed an hour before the first pitch and another 4 hours, 32 minutes not long after the Royals took the lead with the bases loaded and none out in the top of the ninth.

It took 12 minutes to get the last six outs of a game that would have been a snappy 2 hours, 27 minutes without the rain.