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Cards Pound Nationals 12-2, Reduce Magic Number to 3

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The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning and routed the Washington Nationals 12-2 on Friday night at Busch Stadium. The win reduces the Cardinals magic number to clinch the NL Wild Card to three. The Dodgers won their game on Friday night, 8-0 over Colorado to stay three game back of St. Louis with five games remaining in the regular season.

In the Cards 12-2 victory, Allen Craig went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs. Yadier Molina hit his 22nd home run of the season to open the cards lead to 9-1 in the second inning. Shane Robinson, who came in for Matt Holliday who was hit by a pitch in the elbow, hit his 3rd homer of the year to finish the scoring at 12-2.

Adam Wainwright pitched six innings, allowing just one run while striking out five to ean the win. Wainwright’s season record is now 14-13.

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