St. Louis Cardinals beat Phillies in extra innings


The St. Louis Cardinals needed 12 innings but defeated the Philadelphia Phillies with a 6-5 win.

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The Cardinals win came one night after falling 5-4. With the Milwaukee Brewers losing both Friday and Saturday, the Cardinals gained a game with the extra innings win on Saturday night.

While Adam Wainwright figures out what is causing his troubles in the second half of the season, Shelby Miller took to the mound on Saturday night. In six innings, Miller allowed three runs on five hits. The Texan walked two and struck out three. Miller now has a 4.26 ERA on the season.

Randy Choate, Pat Neshek, Sam Freeman, Seth Maness, and Trevor Rosenthal all pitched in relief. Maness was the only reliever that was credited with over an inning pitched as Choate pitched two three batters in the eighth (Neshek was credited with a blown save). Maness picked up a win to move to 5-2 on the season while Rosenthal earned his 38th save of the season.

The Cardinals got on the board in the second inning when shortstop Jhonny Peralta led off the inning with his 18th home run of the season.

In the fifth inning, Miller scored when Matt Holliday grounded out to second on a fielder’s choice.

The Phillies had some costly defensive errors in the third inning. Oscar Taveras singled on a liner to left, scoring A.J. Pierzynski. A throwing error by left fielder Domonic Brown allowed Taveras to advance to third.

Miller, with two on base, hit a sac bunt. Third baseman Cody Asche made a throwing error so Miller found his way at second base as both Taveras and Jon Jay scored.

The Cardinals had chances in the 9th and 11th innings to take the lead but could not get the job done.

In the 12th, it was Matt Carpenter that served as the game’s hero. Carpenter’s sac fly to left drove in Daniel Descalso for the game-winning run.