Cards avoid sweep with bats to beat Orioles 8-3

Cards avoid sweep with bats to beat Orioles 8-3

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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 10: Jon Jay #19 (L) congratulates Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals after scoring against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 10, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 10 at 3:31 PM

(BaseballStL) – Peter Bourjos put the game out of reach in the ninth inning with his fourth homer of the season.

With Jhonny Peralta and Jon Jay on the bases, Bourjos sent a 3-1 count fastball just over the right field wall for an opposite field homer.

Mike Matheny elected to let closer Trevor Rosenthal throw in the ninth inning despite the lack of a save situation. But the Cardinals' closer faced the minimum three batters to end the game.

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The Redbirds grabbed an insurance run in the eighth inning on Matt Carpenter's 27th double of the season.

Daniel Descalso began the inning with his sixth double of the season which was followed by Carpenter's ground-rule double that hopped over the right center wall to extend the Cardinals' lead to 5-3.

Then Kolten Wong was retired for the first time Sunday with a strike out in his fifth at-bat of the game. Carpenter was then caught stealing third base and Matt Holliday grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.

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The Cardinals and Orioles continued to trade runs through the sixth inning as the Orioles got another one back off the bat of Nick Markakis.

Lance Lynn left the game having thrown 5.2 innings and leaving runners on first and third to Randy Choate. 

Markakis continued to beat up Cardinals' pitchers by getting on base for the fourth time Sunday afternoon to score Delmon Young and cut into the Cardinals lead 4-3.

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The Cardinals picked up Lance Lynn by getting back the run he gave up in the fifth inning.

Jon Jay singled to begin the inning followed by another single from Oscar Taveras. But Tony Cruz grounded the ball to the second basman forcing Taveras out. Cruz beat the throw to first base.

Daniel Descalso then sent a single into right field to score Jay to push the Redbirds' lead back to two runs.

Matt Carpenter struck out looking, but Kolten Wong extended the inning on a chopper to secnd base that Jonathan Schoop tried to bare hand, but failed and loaded the bases with Matt Holliday stepping to the plate.

The infield single gives Kolten Wong his fourth hit in as many at-bats.

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The Orioles picked up their second run of the game on a wild pitch from Lance Lynn.

Once again Nick Markakis singled to reach first base for his third straight at-bat. Another single from Manny Machado moved Markakis to second and a line drive into center allowed Markakis to tag up from second to move to third. 

With Nelson Cruz up at the plate, Markakis scored on a wild pitch that went out of play and allowed him to score safely and cutting the Cardinals lead down to 3-2.

Lynn escaped anymore damage by retiring the next two batters to keep the Cardinals lead.

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Lance Lynn ran into trouble in the bottom half of the third inning when he loaded the bases with a walk to bring up Chris Davis, but the Cardinals' starter was able to work out of the jam.

Nick Markakis reached for the second time in the game on a single. After a strike out to Manny Machado, Adam Jones singled into the left field. The walk to Nelson Cruz loaded the bases with one out.

Davis fouled off a 94 mph fastball and then took two more as balls. But two more fastballs got Davis to strike out.

Delmon Young then worked a count full, but after seven pitches Lynn got Young to fly out to Oscar Taveras to end the inning.

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The Cardinals were able to tack on another run in the third inning after a two-out walk was issued to extend their lead to 3-1.

Kolten Wong led off the inning with a single into center. Both Matt Holliday and Matt Adams struck out, looking almost certain to strand Wong at first.

But Jhonny Peralta took five pitches for a walk to bring up Jon Jay who singled into center field with the speedy Wong trying to score.

Wong just beat the throw home to score the Redbirds third run of the game.

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The Orioles didn't waste time coming back against the Cardinals with a run of their own in the first inning.

The inning began with a had single from Nick Markakis to Daniel Descalso at third. Descalso wasn't able to make the play at first. Then another single from Manny Machado put two runners on for Adam Jones.

However, a ground ball from Jones only resulted in one out at second to give the Orioles runners on the corners. Nelson Cruz then doubled in Markakis to cut the Cardinals lead in half. Jones thought about scoring on the play, but was held up at third. 

Lance Lynn was able to strike out big hitter Chris Davis to bring up Delmon Young with two outs and runners on second and third. But Lynn was able to strike out his second batter of the inning to end the O's chances for another run.

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The Cardinals were able to get to Baltimore Orioles’ starter Kevin Gausman by jamming the bases full of runners to score just their sixth run of the series.

Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday all reached on singles through the infield to bring up Matt Adams. But the Cardinals’ first baseman hit a ground ball just out of reach of Gausman to score Carpenter. Had the pitcher been able to field the ball, the play could have resulted in a 1-2-3 double play.

Instead the Orioles were only able to force out Holliday at second base to give Jhonny Peralta runners on the corners and only one out.

Peralta was able to muscle a 97 mph fastball into a weak base hit into center field to score Wong for the 2-0 lead. Jon Jay then worked an 0-2 count into a full count and then drew the one-out walk to load the bases once more in the inning.

Oscar Taveras lifted a fly ball into center, but a strong throw from Adam Jones cut down Adams trying to score on the sacrifice fly to end the inning.