Game Log: Peralta wins it with walk off in the 10th

Game Log: Peralta wins it with walk off in the 10th

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on August 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 10:35 PM

(BaseballStL) — After a ninth inning chance was undone by a double play, the Cardinals took care of business in the 10th

Matt Holliday singled with one out, and Matt Adams moved him around to third with a one-bagger of his own into right. 

With men at the corners, Jhonny Peralta stepped in to the roar of a standing crowd. On a 2-2 count, he gave the fans what they were cheering for, shooting a ball over the left fielder's head for the game winner. 

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Trevor Rosenthal can’t seem to get any luck these days. After striking out the first man in the ninth, the closer walked the lightning-fast Billy Hamilton. 

Ball four looked comfortably in the zone, but the ump saw it differently and the Reds leadoff man was aboard. 

He stole second with ease and went to third when Pierzynski’s throw skipped into center field. 

Bruce would score him with a double, tying the game. Things could have been worse if not for Jon Jay, who was moved to right field for the inning. 

On a ball to the gap in right center, Jay tracked it down and saved a run with his glove. 

Rosenthal would get out of the inning with a soft fly to center, but the Cardinals now need their outs in the ninth to win.

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Two out RBIs continue to be the Cardinals’ meal ticket, with another taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

Jhonny Peralta doubled with two away to set up A.J. Pierzynski, who promptly singled up the middle to score the shortstop, giving the Cardinals a 5-4 lead. 

Trevor Rosenthal was tapped for the save, a night after bing pulled with the bases loaded. 

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A tense situation developed in the eighth inning, when Sam Freeman came on to hold the tie. 

A leadoff single was followed by two quick outs, but the lefty made things dicey when he walked Brandon Phillips. 

When Brayan Pena walked behind him to load the bases, Mike Matheny decided to make a move. 

Seth Maness came in for the second night in a row with the sacks jammed. This time, he got his man right away, getting Zack Cozart to pop out to Matt Adams and end the inning. 

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St. Louis fought back in the seventh to tie the game, with an unlikely bat driving in the run. 

After Taveras flew out to the track in left field, Jon Jay slapped a single through the hole. 

Daniel Descalso, pinch hitting for Carlos Martinez, stepped in with an average of just .198. The utility man would change the game with a 1-0 double into the gap to score Jon Jay. 

Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong would leave him on second, however, with the latter driving a ball to the center field wall that was tracked down by Billy Hamilton.

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Justin Masterson was touched up in the fifth, when back-to-back doubles got the Reds on the board. 

Instead of getting the easy out in pitcher Mike Leake, the Cardinal starter plunked him to put two guys  on with no outs. 

A wild pitch to Billy Hamilton moved both Reds into scoring position, but the Cincinnati speedster grounded to second without damage. 

Jay Bruce didn’t leave any money on the table, however, crushing a three-run bomb to right field to give the Reds a 4-3 lead. 

A strikeout and groundout followed to close the frame, but the Cardinals headed to the dugout trailing. 

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In the third inning, Matt Carpenter set the table with a double to begin the frame. He moved to third on a wild pitch, scoring easily when Matt Holliday singled to right field. 

The RBI came after a Kolten Wong strikeout, and made it a round 60 for Holliday on the year. 

Matt Adams flew to left for the second out, and Peralta chased a ball out of the zone to close the inning. 

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Matt Adams continues to power the Cardinal offense, breaking St. Louis into the run column in the first inning. 

After two weak grounders, Matt Holliday drew a walk. Adams stepped in and belted a ball that one-hopped the wall in center field for his 55th RBI. 

One hitter later, Jhonny Peralta shot a liner into right that skipped off Jay Bruce’s glove. It was enough to score Big City and give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead before A.J. Pierzynski ended the inning with a grounder to first. 

 

Adams and Peralta picked up the Cardinals' 199th and 200th two-out RBIs on the season. 

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