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Cards Pull-off Wild 9th Inning Rally

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Cards Pull-off Wild 9th Inning Rally

Two-Out Magic Saves the Cardinals

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Photo Courtesy of AP

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina started and ended a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the St. Louis Cardinals stunned the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Monday night.

Molina singled to start the inning and was hit by a pitch from Ross Ohlendorf with the bases loaded to drive home the winning run. In between, Matt Carpenter drove in two runs with a single and Brandon Moss tied it when he walked with the bases loaded.

The comeback erased what had been a night of offensive futility for St. Louis through the first eight innings, as the Cardinals entered the last inning 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Seth Maness (2-2) pitched a perfect ninth to earn the win.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha struggled to settle in as seven of the first 12 batters he faced reached base. Zack Cozart’s double eluded the outstretched glove of Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday and went off the wall to give the Reds a 2-0 lead in the second. Cozart, who had two hits, scored when Joey Votto followed with a triple.

The rally spoiled what had the makings of Cody Reed’s first major league win. Reed’s six scoreless innings dropped the Reds’ starters ERA to 2.84 over the last 11 games.

Tony Cingrani (2-4) left with the bases loaded after allowing the first three runs in the ninth.

Listen to Mike Matheny’s postgame press conference on the audio player above.

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