(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals were one out away from holding their first lead in 14 innings against the Cubs, but Trevor Rosenthal finally created a jam he couldn’t escape.
After getting the first out on a line drive to center, the Cardinal closer gave up a single, then a walk. Following a visit to the mound, he was able to get a strikeout, but then Emilio Bonafacio looped a ball into right to tie the game with two outs in the ninth.
Rosenthal was behind four if the first five hitters with a ball, and though it marked his first blown save of the season, he has flirted with danger plenty. Prior to Tuesday night, he posted 13 hits, 10 walks and nine runs in 16 innings, despite having 10 saves in 10 opportunities.
The Cardinals had come into the inning having reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Peter Bourjos bunted his way on to lead off, managing to beat out a throw from the pitcher for his second hit of the night.
After an 11-pitch at bat Mark Ellis moved him to second with a ground out. Jon Jay pinch hit for Adam Wainwright, working a 10-pitch walk, at the end of which Bourjos stole third.
With runners on the corners, Matt Carpenter smacked a grounder to Starlin Castro, whose errant throw hit the sliding Jay. Both men were safe, and Bourjos had tied the game when he crossed home.
Then, Jhonny Peralta gave the Cardinals the lead with a sharp shot into left, scoring Jay. Matt Holliday and Allen Craig ended the run with a pair of ground outs, but the Cardinals took their first lead of the series into the seventh.
The Cardinals had trailed since the third when a Luis Valbuena homer gave Chicago a two-run lead. Despite scoring one in the bottom half, a base running mishap kept St. Louis from tying the game until the sixth.
It wasn’t until the 12th inning that a runner for either side crossed the plate, and mercifully for the remaining handful at Busch, it was a Cardinal.
After Peralta singled, Craig and Molina both walked to load the bases for Greg Garcia. The Memphis call up was hit by a pitch, bringing in Peralta to win the game just before midnight.