Aug 19, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay (19) celebrates after being hit by a pitch from Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher J.J. Hoover (not pictured) allowing the game winning run to score during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Reds 5-4. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Jay hit by pitch, St. Louis Cardinals walk off as winners

Jon Jay was hit by a pitch to score Peter Bourjos and the St. Louis Cardinals walked off the field with a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the first HBP walk-off win for the Cardinals since Greg Garcia got plunked in a win over the Chicago Cubs on May 13 this season.

Jay played a large part in Tuesday night’s walk-off win over the Reds. The Cardinals outfielder scored two of the Cardinals five runs on the night and plunked in the winning run in the bottom of the night when he was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. The winning run was the first walk-off RBI of Jay’s Major League career.

Jay extended his hitting streak this season to 11 games (15-31, .484) when he hit a single in the second inning. It is Jay’s longest streak this season and the third longest for the Cardinals this year (Yadier Molina, 15, Matt Carpenter, 14). During the streak, Jay has had four multi-hit games, including last night. While his hitting streak is going on, he was hit by a pitch for the 15th time, tying his career high set in 2012. The 15 plunkings currently lead all of Major League Baseball.

In the bottom of the third inning, Matt Holliday singled and drove in John Lackey.

In the sixth inning, Jhonny Peralta hit his 17th home run of the season. Pinch-hitter Shane Robinson singled on a liner to center, scoring Jay. Oscar Taveras should have stayed at second base rather than try to advance to third base, where he was called out.

Jay scored again in the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso doubled on a liner to right field.

Lackey pitched six innings last night. The pitcher allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out seven.

Randy Choate and Seth Maness combined to pitch the seventh and eighth innings.

The Cardinals turned to Pat Neshek for the ninth inning last night. Neshek allowed one hit and struck out a batter to lower his ERA to an impressive 0.84 this season. With the win, he has now won six straight decisions and the streak ties Shelby Miller this season.

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