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83-76, 2nd in NL Cent
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3hMark Saxon

Cardinals in receiving mood after gift win

The Cardinals' win against the Reds on a controversial call has brought St. Louis back from the brink of postseason elimination.

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Umpires refuse to come back out in St. Louis (1:00)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets and Cardinals fans need not worry. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said his club plans on playing the Giants hard this weekend with playoff implications present. At question, though, would be how long starters Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill are extended in their outings.

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Cardinals win controversial game after umps leave (1:07)
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6hMark Saxon

Controversial ending allows Cards walk-off win

The Reds' challenge of Yadier Molina's ninth-inning double was deemed too late by crew chief Bill Miller, allowing the Cardinals to prevail 4-3 in a pivotal National League game Thursday night.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Yadier Molina said about the crazy final play of Thursday night's 4-3 Cardinals win.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Crazy ending in St. Louis. With Matt Carpenter on first base, Yadier Molina hits what appeared to be a ground-rule double, but Carpenter beats the throw home. By the time Reds manager Bryan Price decides to protest -- was he asleep? -- the umpires have left the field and the game is over. Terrible, terrible job there by Price.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Yadier Molina came up with a two-out double in the ninth inning to drive in Matt Carpenter from first base to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. That kept the Cardinals postseason hopes alive. They trail the Giants by a half-game for the second wild card pending tonight's game in San Francisco.

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Molina's brother on the call for his home run (0:15)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Attendance continues to slump at the end of the season for the Cardinals, not surprising since they are 34-43 at home.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals showed surprising patience with Brandon Moss considering his .298 September OPS is among the five worst in MLB history. By Thursday, their patience finally reached a limit. Moss was out of the lineup, replaced in left field by Jose Martinez, a 28-year old with all of 14 major league plate appearances.

Lineup: Cardinals (82-76) vs. Reds (67-91)

  • 1. Matt Carpenter, 1B (L)
  • 2. Randal Grichuk, CF (R)
  • 3. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 4. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B (R)
  • 6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B (R)
  • 7. Aledmys Diaz, SS (R)
  • 8. Jose Martinez, LF (R)
  • 9. Alex Reyes, RHP
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had high praise for rookie Alex Reyes, who will try to keep the team in contention tonight vs. the Reds:

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Holliday's stock down after rough year

The Cardinals still hold a $17 million option on Matt Holliday, but it's likely that they turn that down after an injury-riddled season. The 36-year-old won't come close to that annual salary on the open market. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

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Cards' home/road splits in perspective

At 34-43, the Cardinals can finish no better than five games under .500 at Busch Stadium this season. Coupled with its 48-33 record on the road, St. Louis is only the fourth team in MLB history to finish a season with a home record at least five games under .500 and a road record at least 15 games over .500, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Cards suffer Wednesday's biggest loss

St. Louis had a great chance to tie things up after a leadoff triple in the ninth inning but couldn't get it done and lost 2-1 to Cincinnati. Now, the Cardinals will need to rely on rookie Alex Reyes on Thursday to avoid entering dangerous territory. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)

Stats & Info

Mets pull away in wild-card standings

The Mets' magic number is down to two after they beat the Marlins on Wednesday while the Giants and Cardinals both lost. San Francisco and St. Louis will finish series against Colorado and Cincinnati, respectively, on Thursday.

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Wednesday's Postseason implications

  • Red Sox clinch AL East title
  • Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
  • Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss

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Duvall gets it to drop right between two Cardinals for RBI single (0:15)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7585th
Batting Average.25419th
On Base Percentage.32411th
Slugging Percentage.4414th
Earned Run Average4.1114th
Quality Starts819th
WHIP1.3213th
BAA.25918th

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