Game Log: Blue Jays beat Cards in series opener 3-1 -

Game Log: Blue Jays beat Cards in series opener 3-1

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele
By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) – The Cardinals were unable to muster a comeback in the ninth with batters going down in order.

Descalso struck out swinging and then Tony Cruz hit a foul ball towards the right field stands that Bautista wasn't able to come up with originally. However, after a challenge umpires determined a fan had interferred with the right fielder's ability to catch the ball and called Cruz out.

As the last hope, Carpenter 

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The Jays tacked an insurance run on in the eighth inning to extend their lead to two.

With runners on the corners and no outs, Jason Motte struck out center fielder Anthony Gose, but the Jays plated a run on a single from Jose Reyes. Reyes then swiped second base to take away the potential double play.

Melky Cabrera grounded to Descalso who threw home to keep the score at 3-1 and Tony Cruz applied the tag to keep the Jays from scoring. 

The third out game as Bautista grounded into a fielder's choice to Matt Carpenter.

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The Redbirds are having trouble with the astro-turf in Toronto Friday night, having commited at least two errors and a couple of mis-played balls.

Daniel Descalso commited the first error in the fourth inning on an infield single. On the next batter, Jon Jay had trouble reading a fly ball from Jose Reyes that fell for a hit, but wasn't considered an error.

Then in the sixth inning with runners on first and second, Matt Carpenter couldn't handle a ground ball from Melky Cabrera to load the bases.

But the Cardinals turned the absolutely rare triple play on a line drive from Bautista that Descalso caught and threw to second and then on to first to end the inning, making up for the errors.

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After scoring a run in the first inning, the Cardinals have stranded six base-runners.

With a hit from Jon Jay after Molina struck out, he moved to second on a wild pitch, but Jhonny Peralta and Daniel Descalso struck out ending any scoring chance for the Redbirds.

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Lance Lynn has given up only two runs and struck out six batters, but the two runs have come off the long ball.

After Bautista's homer in the third, Lynn gave up another solo shot in the fifth inning to Brett Lawrie to give the Jays a 2-1 lead.

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Lynn continued to run into trouble in the second, but the damage came in the third inning with a home run from Jose Bautista.

Lynn had runners on the corners with two outs in the second, but was able to get out of the jam with a strike-out to Melky Cabrera.

But Bautista made him pay for his three walks by launching his fifteenth homer to tie the game at one.

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Lance Lynn tried his hardest to squander the Cardinals lead in the bottom half of the first inning.

Lynn returned the favor by giving up a lead-off walk to Jose Reyes and then a base hit to Melky Cabrera. Tony Cruz, catching while Yadier Molina serves as the designated hitter, stabbed a foul ball just in front of the screen to get Jose Bautista out.

But Lynn gave up another walk, to Adam Lind, to load the bases with just one out. The big right hander got help, in the form of two fly balls out to left field, ending the threat and keeping the Cards lead intact.

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The Cardinals came out firing Friday coming night in Toronto, coming off of a terrible series against the Kansas City Royals.

After a lead-off walk to Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday scorched one down the right field line that took a bad hop and went out of play for a ground-rule double. But Allen Craig delivered with a base hit to right that scored Carpenter to increase his team lead too 33 RBI.

Holliday was cut down at the plate by Jose Bautista to keep the Cards lead to 1-0. 

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