Game Log: Cardinals turn three hits into 1-0 win over Tampa Bay -

Game Log: Cardinals turn three hits into 1-0 win over Tampa Bay

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By John Bailey By John Bailey
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(BaseballStL) — Rosenthal would take care of business in the ninth, getting a groundout before walking Yunel Escobar. He then struck out the remaining Rays to close out the contest and give the Cardinals 27 scoreless innings. 

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Pat Neshek had a forgettable outing in the eighth in place of Wainwright. In just five pitches he gave up a leadoff double and hit a batter, then was promptly removed. 

Sam Freeman came on to give it a shot, and dazzled. A strike out of James Loney and a soft lineout later, Trevor Rosenthal came on for a four-out close. 

The hard-throwing righty ran a fastball up and in and apparently caught Jerry Sands in the elbow to load the bases. 

As the game hung in the balance, Rosenthal roared ahead. After pouring two fastballs into the zone to get ahead 0-2, he got Matt Joyce to pop off short to end the drama. 

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The Cardinals finally pushed Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi from the contest in the top of the eighth, when Jon Jay reached on an error and was moved to second by a sacrifice bunt. 

With a man on second and one out, Joel Peralta was called on to end the threat. It was Odorizzi's longest performance to date, and his best-pitched game to boot. 

Peralta kept things at a single run when he induced outfield outs from Carpenter and Wong. Adam Wainwright would hand control over to Pat Neshek in the eighth after seven scoreless innings put his ERA at 2.15

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Matt Holliday finally broke the spell with two outs in the top of the sixth, when he hit a towering shot to left field. 

It was the third Cardinal hit of the game, and the first run for either side. Adam Wainwright had done his best to pitch out of trouble in the fourt and the fifth, scattering four hits and an intentional walk to keep the Rays without a run. 

His efforts were rewarded when Holliday's fourth shot of the season hit the seats. 

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The Cardinals find themselves in another tight game early in Tampa Bay. Through the first four innings of the contest neither team plated a runner. 

The Cardinals have gone down in order except for a walk by Matt Holliday in the fourth, striking out three times. 

Adam Wainwright found himself in a spot of trouble in the first when he walked one and gave up a single following a double play, but set the next eight Rays down in order.

In the fourth, things got dicey again when a single and a double put two in scoring position with one out. A soft liner followed, then an intentional walk to load the bases for only the third time all year against Wainwright. 

Another liner to second ended the tnesion and pushed the scoreless inning streak for the Rays to 23. 

Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi has not made it past the sixth inning all season, but his 43 pitch count through four has set him up for a chance to go deeper Tuesday night. 

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