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Cardinals Rally in 9th, Win One in San Fran


Cardinals Rally in 9th, Win One in San Fran

Cards 2 Back in Wild Card

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny refused to point to a pregame team meeting as being the inspiration for his ballclub’s ninth-inning comeback.

First baseman Matt Adams pointed out the playoff-type atmosphere of the game, while Stephen Piscotty noted his team’s matter-of-fact approach.

Whatever it was, St. Louis gave its postseason hopes a big boost.

Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly that capped a two-run ninth inning and the Cardinals rallied for a key win in their playoff chase, beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday night.

The Cardinals further tightened the NL wild-card race — the Giants and Mets are tied for the top two spots, with St. Louis trailing by two games.

“Just some great at-bats late,” Matheny said. “A lot of different guys jumped in and made it happen. We needed it.”

The Cardinals had lost three straight and held a team meeting prior to the game. No one was willing to talk about the theme of the meeting or what was said.

“This whole year we’ve fought back and this was a great example of that,” Piscotty said. “Even if we didn’t (win) we’re still right in the thick of it. The fact that we did win is huge.”

Jedd Gyorko singled with one out in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Santiago Casilla (2-5) walked Yadier Molina before Randal Grichuk hit a tying single.

Jose Martinez, pinch-running for Molina, took third on the hit and easily scored on Wong’s fly.

Seung Hwan Oh (5-3) retired six batters for the win.

Brandon Moss hit his 27th homer for the Cardinals.

Hunter Pence singled twice and Brandon Belt added an RBI double for the Giants, who fell five games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

“Giving up the up the walk is what hurt,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s a tough one. We played well.”

Giants starter Jeff Samardzija allowed one run and five hits with four strikeouts and four walks over 6 2-3 innings.

St. Louis starter Mike Leake, who pitched his first career shutout during his final start of 2015 while with the Giants, allowed two runs over six innings

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