(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals went down without a run in the ninth, despite Daniel Descalso, Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday reaching base.
Descalso had a 3-for-3 day, accounting for 33 percent of the Cardinal hits.
After he walked with one out, Matt Carpenter hit a single off the end of the bat. A Kolten Wong ground out followed and Holliday's walk loaded the bases.
The final out came when Matt Adams struck out on a fastball on the outside corner.
St. Louis managed only nine hits while striking out eight times and not threatening the Orioles after the fourth inning.
In the first two games of the series they've been outscored 22-5.
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Baltimore made it an even 10 runs in the eighth, when Kevin Siegrist helped them along.
After getting a ground out for the first out, the lefty surrendered a double to Jonathan Schoop. A Markakis grounder moved him to third, and a wild pitch to Manny Machado allowed him to trot home with ease.
Machado followed with a single, and Jones followed suit to put two on.
Nelson Cruz shattered his bat, allowing Jay to get under the ball and end the inning.
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Lackey was finally chased from the game in the sixth, when three singles in a row pushed the game to 9-3. The Cardinals countered with Seth Maness, who got a strikeout of Adam Jones before getting Nelson Cruz to ground into a double play. It was Maness’ 10th double play of the season, and stopped the Orioles from reaching double digits in the sixth inning.
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J.J. Hardy continued to pester the Cardinals, punching a two-out RBI through the hole to give the Orioles a three run cushion once again.
Nelson Cruz sent a one-out shot off the scoreboard in right, narrowly missing a homer. He skated into second with a double and moved to third when Chris Davis grounded sharply to Matt Adams.
Hardy took the first pitch on the ground into left, scoring Cruz and extending the inning for Delmon Young.
Realizing he hadn’t hit a home run in the series yet, Young quickly rectified that, blasting an absolute bomb to left field. The shot put the Orioles up 8-3 and was the third homer of the game for Baltimore.
Lackey surrendered eight earned runs on 10 hits in five innings.
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Jon Jay continued to power the Cardinal offense, picking up his second RBI in the top of the fourth.
After Jhonny Peralta led off with a double to the right center gap, he moved to third on a wild pitch. After a Taveras out, Pierzynski drew a seven pitch walk to make it two on and one down.
Jay stepped in and flew a ball deep to center, allowing Peralta to tag and score and cut the Baltimore lead to 5-3. Descalso flared his second ball into center, and with two out, Matt Carpenter stepped in with a chance to tie or take the lead.
He shot a ball deep to right center, but Adam Jones ran it down on the track to cut the Cardinal rally short.
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Home runs are flying easy in Baltimore, as the Orioles hit their eighth homer in 11 innings in the bottom of the third.
After Adam Jones beat out a grounder deep in the hole to short, Nelson Cruz blasted his 30th home run. It was a towering two-run shot to left, and there was no doubt from the moment he swung.
The shot made it 5-2 Orioles.
Lackey got three outs without another run, but St. Louis headed to the plate trailing by three.
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The Orioles reclaimed the lead in the bottom half of the second when Caleb Joseph made Baltimore history.
After J.J. Hardy punched a one-out single, he scored one batter later when Delmon Young picked up his ninth double. Young’s at bat went eight pitches, and halved the St. Louis lead when the relay was not in time to catch Hardy.
Joseph took only one pitch to erase the lead altogether, homering on a first-pitch fastball to make it 3-2 Orioles. It was his fifth consecutive game with a home run, the most by any Oriole catcher in history.
Lackey got a strikeout, but extended the inning when he walked Nick Markakis for the second time. Manny Machado stepped in with a chance to cushion the lead, but flew out to the gap.
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With two outs, Jon Jay doubled up the lead for St. Louis in the second, lifting his second home run of the season to right field. The shot followed an Oscar Taveras strikeout and a Pierzynski pop fly.
It was his first homer at Camden Yards, and it left the park in about three seconds.
Daniel Descalso followed with a looped single to reach the top of the order, but Matt Carpenter couldn’t keep the two-out momentum going.
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Baltimore threatened in their half of the first, drawing a leadoff walk to get a man on. Manny Machado bunted for a hit, beating out the throw from a charging Matt Carpenter to put two on with no out.
Adam Jones bailed the Cardinals out, lining a ball right at Carpenter in the next at bat, and the All Star third baseman fired to first to double up Machado for two quick outs.
Nelson Cruz popped up to A.J. Pierzynski in two pitches and just like that, John Lackey and the Birds were out of the jam.
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The Cardinals didn’t wait to give the Orioles a shot at the lead Saturday, scoring early to open the contest.
Coming into the game, Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez led the American League in walks. Matt Carpenter added to his total, coaxing an eight-pitch free pass.
Kolten Wong struck out, and Matt Holliday joined the leadoff man on base with a walk of his own.
Matt Adams flew to shallow left field, leaving Jimenez one out away from an escape. Jhonny Peralta, acting as the designated hitter, pounded a double down the left field line, scoring Carpenter.
Matt Holliday was waved home as well, but was cut down by a picture perfect relay. There was a crew chief review of the play, but the call was unchanged.
Despite the disappointing ending, the Birds left the top half with a 1-0 lead.