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Watch: 'Rally Cat' runs onto field during game, sets up Cardinals' grand slam

Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain watches as a cat runs past during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Cardinals have a friendly feline to thank for their rally against the Royals.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth on Tuesday night, the game was delayed for a couple minutes when a small, feisty cat sprinted onto the field at Busch Stadium.

On the first pitch after play resumed, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam off Peter Moylan to give the Cardinals an 8-5 lead. The cat was instantly dubbed #RallyCat on Twitter, and St. Louis went on to win.

The cat emerged from near the visitors' dugout on the third-base side and blitzed into the outfield, the fur on its tail standing on end. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain stood, smiling, with a hand on his hip as the cat sprinted past him.

Lucas Hackmann, a member of the Cardinals' grounds crew, ran out to grab the stray and flinched several times as the animal tried to bite or scratch him.

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