Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs

Carpenter's homer gives him 500 hits, 300 runs

KANSAS CITY -- With his sixth-inning homer on Sunday, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter hit a couple of milestones. It marked Carpenter's 500th Major League hit and 300th run scored.

But it was the 6-1 win over the Royals and not the milestones that Carpenter was focused on.

"I didn't even know it until somebody just told me," Carpenter said.

"He's just a pro," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We're big fans of the way he goes about his work, how he plays the game and how he respects the game and his teammates."

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.