Cards Top Mariners 2-1, Retake Lead in NL Central

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The Cardinals scored a dramatic extra inning win to retake sole possession of first place in the NL Central Division on Friday night at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds beat the Mariners 2-1 in 10 innings. The winning run, Pete Kozma, scored on a passed ball in the 10th inning. The Cardinals tied the game 1-1 in the 8th inning thanks to two Mariners errors.

Kevin Siegrist got the win in relief. Adam Wainwright pitched eight innings, allowing just one run, a 5th inning home run to Seattle’s Mike Zunino. The Cardinals could not solve Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who pitched seven shutout innings. But in the 8th, the Redbirds got the tieing run when the Mariners could not complete an inning ending double play. Nick Franklin’s throw to first base was low, getting past first baseman Kendrys Morales. The Cards scored the game winning run when they loaded the bases in the 10th inning on a single and two walks. Pete Kozma scored the winning run on Mariners catcher Mike Zunino’s passed ball.

The victory was huge as both the Pirates and Reds lost on Friday night. So the Cardinals now the NL Central by one game over the Pirates and three and a half games over the Reds. There are 15 games remaining in the regular season.