Cardinals News: St. Louis walks off; Reds, Bucs go at it


The St. Louis Cardinals walked off at home Sunday, while tempers flared between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ballpark.

The newest member of the Cardinals, infielder Brandon Moss, delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift St. Louis to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium.

For St. Louis, left-hander Jaime Garcia was stellar, although he was less-than-impressed with his one-run, five inning performance. Adding the southpaw back to the mix will be a big boost for the Cardinals rotation – especially if he continues to pitch like he did in Sunday’s finale.

Meanwhile, the National League Central was the place to be – as both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs picked up wins.

However, the Pirates’ win over Cincinnati was eventful, as the benches cleared. It made little difference in the end, as Pittsburgh rolled to a 3-0 shutout win, keeping pace with the Cardinals in the division.

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Chicago, meanwhile, fended off a furious ninth-inning rally by Milwaukee, to extend their winning streak to five games and push themselves to a season-high 10 games over .500. Rookie Kris Bryant left the game with an apparent injury and he’s set to be re-evaluated in Pittsburgh on Monday.

Bad blood boiled up north, as well – as the Royals and Jays saw benches clear thanks to a beanball war that ultimately led to manager Ned Yost‘s controversial postgame comments that turned heads everywhere.

Here’s more from around the league:

“Cardinals win behind Moss’ pinch-hit single” – Redbird Rants

“Russell homers as Cubs win fifth-straight” – Cubbies Crib

“Will Mercer re-take SS job in Pittsburgh?” – Rum Bunter

“Benches clear as Jays show pride on Sunday” – Jays Journal

“Piscotty falls from Cardinals’ top prospect ranking” – Redbird Rants

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