Wong's homer helps fuel Cards comeback

Wong's homer helps fuel Cards comeback

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 1: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a game-tying solo home run in the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium on September 1, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-4. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

(BaseballStL) -- After coming out of Sunday's game early for banging his head on the ground, Kolten Wong blasted his eleventh home run of the season to tie the ballgame for the Cardinals. They eventually

Wong came up as the pinch hitter with Pete Kozma on base and sent a pitch into the Cardinals' bullpen to tie the game at four. 

"He's got sneaky power," manager Mike Matheny said, "It's usually when he isn't trying to lift and separate that things happen."

Matheny said another specialist came to evaluate Wong this morning and the second baseman did not take batting practice this morning.

"You could tell after his swing that he could feel something in his neck," Matheny added, "He said he felt good and obviously he wasn't lying."

"I can turn [my head] right now, but any quick movements I can feel it," Wong said, "The first swing kind of shocked me and I kind of say back and psyched myself up, 'You've got to push this out and you've got to get in there and help this team."

Then three batters later, Matt Holliday gave the Redbirds their first lead of the afternoon with his 12th RBI in 3 games. And the Cards never let go of that lead.

Prior to Monday, the Cardinals were 62-4 when they led after seven innings.

"We like him in those situations," Matheny continued, "It's what he loves to do too, come up with a big hit and he did it again."

Trevor Rosenthal came in the ninth and earned his 41st save of the season. The Cardinals are now 63-4 when leading after the seventh inning and Monday was their 23rd come from behind victory.

The Milwaukee Brewers fell 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs which puts the Redbirds solely in first place for the first time all season.

"We're really happy," Matheny said, "I love watching these guys compete and we're going to keep the throttle down."

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