Cards get to Jose early, hang on to top Miami

Cards get to Jose early, hang on to top Miami

MIAMI -- Home runs by Aledmys Diaz and Matt Holliday led to a quick exit for Jose Fernandez. The Marlins rallied late behind Martin Prado's two-run shot. But in crunch time, reliever Kevin Siegrist got Christian Yelich to tap into a double play in the eighth that helped the Cardinals hold off Miami, 5-4, on Thursday at Marlins Park.

With the win, the Cardinals pulled even with the Marlins for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Michael Wacha limited Miami to three runs on four hits in six innings.
 

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Diaz bests childhood buddy Fernandez

Cards' shortstop hits homer, RBI double in first professional meeting with friend from Cuba

Diaz bests childhood buddy Fernandez

MIAMI -- Though their lives long ago intersected and their careers, in many ways, will forever be intertwined, Aledmys Diaz and Jose Fernandez, with the exception of those impromptu street ball games many years ago, had never before gone toe to toe.

That chance came Thursday, when Fernandez drew his first season start against a Cardinals club that Diaz joined in April. The elder but less-experienced Diaz went on to shine in this matchup, tagging Fernandez for a two-run homer and RBI double that keyed the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes remains atop Cards' Top 30 Prospects list

Right-hander climbs to No. 9 among Top 100

Reyes remains atop Cards' Top 30 Prospects list

MIAMI -- MLBPipeline.com unveiled the Cardinals' midseason prospect list on Thursday, and it features a familiar face in the top spot.

Right-hander Alex Reyes, 21, maintains his position as the club's top prospect despite so-so results (2-2, 5.07 ERA) in Triple-A this year. Reyes also cracked the top echelon of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, coming in at No. 9 in a ranking of the best prospects in the game. Heading into the 2016 season, Reyes was 13th on that list.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lynn, Pena meet with Cards to show progress

Lynn, Pena meet with Cards to show progress

MIAMI -- Right-hander Lance Lynn and catcher Brayan Pena moved their rehab work from the Cardinals' Jupiter, Fla., complex to Miami on Thursday in order to showcase their progress in front of the Major League staff.

Lynn, who underwent Tommy John surgery last November, threw a bullpen session before the team's series opener against the Marlins. He's been throwing off the mound for weeks now, some sessions extending as deep as 45 pitches. Lynn recently began incorporating offspeed pitches into that work, as well.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards to start Garcia on short rest Saturday

Club changes course after indicating consideration for Lyons, Williams or Reyes

Cards to start Garcia on short rest Saturday

MIAMI -- After indicating that they had three candidates -- Tyler Lyons, Jerome Williams and Alex Reyes -- being considered for the start on Saturday, the Cardinals unexpectedly pivoted to a fourth.

Manager Mike Matheny announced on Thursday that instead of plucking someone from the bullpen or Triple-A rotation for a spot start against the Marlins, the club will send left-hander Jaime Garcia back to the mound on short rest. Garcia threw 77 pitches in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader. He has never pitched on three days' rest before.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yadi haunts Mets as Cards end Familia's run

Yadi haunts Mets as Cards end Familia's run

NEW YORK -- Their star pitcher had been bested. All their momentum had vanished. To beat the Mets in spite of all that on Wednesday night, the Cardinals would need to topple All-Star closer Jeurys Familia, which no team had done in the regular season in nearly a year.

It happened quickly and decisively, reducing Familia's saves streak to rubble. With two runs in the ninth, the Cardinals stole a 5-4 game and a series victory from the Mets, winning two of three in a matchup of prime National League Wild Card contenders. The win vaulted the Cardinals past the Mets in the standings and within one game of the Marlins, who currently hold the league's second Wild Card spot.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York who covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Waino appreciates lift from fellow nemesis Yadi

Waino appreciates lift from fellow nemesis Yadi

NEW YORK -- Nearly 10 years later, the moment that Adam Wainwright broke Queens' heart is still ingrained in baseball's consciousness. The 12-6 curve. The home-plate umpire's punchout. Carlos Beltran's long walk from the batter's box, the reality that the Mets wouldn't reach the 2006 World Series beginning to set in.

"Every time I went on deck [Wednesday], there were a couple of Mets fans back there telling me how much they hated that moment, and how every time they see me it brings back those bad memories," Wainwright said after pitching 6 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 5-4, series-clinching win at Citi Field.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko hits a grounder with a mind of its own

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Gyorko hits a grounder with a mind of its own

Remember "Angels in the Outfield"? You know, that inspiring tale of a boy, a baseball team and a group of angels determined to win them some games via divine providence and/or serious infield shenanigans.

If so, we have good news! They've just begun production on a sequel. It's a documentary, focused on the ghosts that definitely possessed Jedd Gyorko's ground ball during Wednesday's Cardinals-Mets game.

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Jedd-i night & day: Gyorko opens, closes DH with HRs

Jedd-i night & day: Gyorko opens, closes DH with HRs

NEW YORK -- The contrast is obvious. Noah Syndergaard wields some of the best stuff in all of baseball, featuring a four-seam fastball and sinker that routinely sit above 98 mph. On the other end of the spectrum, Bartolo Colon mainly relies on one pitch, a two-seam fastball that averages around 87 mph.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals faced both Syndergaard and Colon in a doubleheader at Citi Field, and Jedd Gyorko had no problems adjusting to either. In the opening game, the infielder got St. Louis going with a two-run homer off the Mets' young flamethrower in the third inning that traveled 412 feet, according to Statcast™, helping the club pick up a 3-2 victory.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko's HR helps Cards edge Mets in DH opener

Gyorko's HR helps Cards edge Mets in DH opener

NEW YORK -- A fickle National League Wild Card race took another turn on Tuesday afternoon, when the Cardinals beat Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, 3-2, in the first game of a twinight doubleheader at Citi Field. That allowed St. Louis to leapfrog the Mets at least temporarily in the NL standings, in what was the first of six meetings between the teams this season.

Jedd Gyorko smashed a two-run homer off Syndergaard, who needed 115 pitches to complete six innings, and the Cardinals eked out another run on a pair of infield hits and a Syndergaard throwing error.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Cards held in check by Colon, split twin bill

Cards held in check by Colon, split twin bill

NEW YORK -- The sun had just set at Citi Field, but the nightcap of a Tuesday doubleheader between the Mets and Cardinals was starting to look a lot like its afternoon counterpart. Jedd Gyorko, who hit the decisive two-run homer in the Cardinals' one-run win earlier, went deep in the second inning against Bartolo Colon.

The similarities ended there in the Mets' 3-1 win. While Noah Syndergaard slogged through six innings during the day, Bartolo Colon limited St. Louis' offense to Gyorko's blast. He held the Cardinals to three hits through seven frames, the first time he'd pitched that deep in a game since June 26. Plus, he tied a season high with eight strikeouts.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Mets on Tuesday.

Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

St. Louis recalls reliever Kiekhefer, Tuivailala comes up as 26th man

Cardinals place Rosenthal on 15-day DL

NEW YORK -- Relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff on Tuesday afternoon.

Following an appearance in the Cardinals' 9-6 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday, Rosenthal asked to have his shoulder looked at, and the right-hander was checked out on Monday.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Cardinals on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards call up veteran Williams, option Mayers

Move bolsters taxed bullpen; Walden transferred to 60-day DL to make room

Cards call up veteran Williams, option Mayers

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals purchased the contract of right-hander Jerome Williams from Triple-A Memphis on Monday to replace righty Mike Mayers, who was optioned to Memphis.

Right-hander Jordan Walden (right shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Williams on the 40-man roster.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals cap tough stretch with travel woes

Club arrives at New York hotel at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning after mechanical issues with flight

Cardinals cap tough stretch with travel woes

NEW YORK -- The trek from St. Louis to New York could not have gotten much worse for the Cardinals. After wrapping up a three-game series against the Dodgers on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball at Busch Stadium, the club headed to the airport only to have mechanical issues halt their charter flight.

The Cardinals did not land in New York until around 6 or 7 a.m. ET on Monday, and they did not reach their hotel until around 8:30 a.m. -- "Just in time for bed," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny joked.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

Cardinals fall short after rookie's rough debut

ST. LOUIS -- Unfamiliarity was no obstacle for the Dodgers on Sunday as they ambushed a pitcher making his Major League debut en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The win, highlighted by Adrian Gonzalez's fifth career grand slam, sealed a series victory for Los Angeles, which now returns home following a 5-4 road trip. The Dodgers have pulled to within three games of the Giants in the National League West standings.

The Dodgers scored a half-dozen runs off Cardinals callup Mike Mayers before the Cardinals ever came to bat. The first four trotted home when Gonzalez tattooed a 2-2 fastball 427 feet over the center-field wall. Gonzalez finished the game with three hits, the second of which preceded Howie Kendrick's home run with one out in the second.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Weaver on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Weaver on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (July 18-24) is led by a trio of Diazes in Isan Diaz, Yandy Diaz and Lewin Diaz, each of whom had a big week.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mayers' tough 1st start taxes St. Louis bullpen

Mayers' tough 1st start taxes St. Louis bullpen

ST. LOUIS -- The debut that Mike Mayers scripted in his mind looked anything but like the one that played out in front of a national audience as his dream dissolved into a nightmare Sunday night.

Rocked by the Dodgers for nine runs in 1 1/3 innings, Mayers endured the shortest start by a pitcher making his Major League debut in 12 years. It may be some time before Mayers gets an opportunity for a second first impression, too, as he was headed back down to Triple-A Memphis as the Cardinals, who fell, 9-6, in the series finale, headed out of town.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards expect three key pieces back soon

Moss, Carpenter, Peralta could return from injury Aug. 2

Cards expect three key pieces back soon

ST. LOUIS -- While other clubs are exploring potential trade targets as the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, the Cardinals appear poised to make their most impactful additions from within.

General manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny expressed optimism Sunday that three key offensive contributors -- Brandon Moss, Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta -- could return from the disabled list by Aug. 2, the day after the Trade Deadline.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

Cardinals remain open to dealing for relief help

ST. LOUIS -- Eight days away from the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak continues to canvass the market for available relievers with an eye on being opportunistic, but not desperate.

Adding another arm to help bridge games from the starters to the back end of the Cardinals' bullpen remains of interest to Mozeliak. The Cardinals do not intend to pursue either of the two elite relievers -- Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman -- believed to be available this month, but will instead look within the next tier of arms for potential help.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards give Dodgers too many chances

Cards give Dodgers too many chances

ST. LOUIS -- One night after letting a plethora of scoring chances go untapped, the Dodgers capitalized against Mike Leake early on Saturday and then coasted to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. The win kept the Dodgers ahead of the Cardinals in the National League Wild Card race and halted St. Louis' winning streak at five.

The Dodgers recovered from an exhausting, 16-inning loss quickly enough to even the three-game series at Busch Stadium. All nine players in L.A.'s starting lineup had at least one hit off Leake, who allowed a career-high 12 over his six innings. Five of those came in the third, when the Dodgers utilized three infield hits to generate some momentum before Justin Turner punctuated the four-run frame with a two-run double.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leake's struggles follow familiar pattern

Leake's struggles follow familiar pattern

ST. LOUIS -- In what is becoming an all-to-frequent trend with Mike Leake on the mound, the veteran right-hander watched innings unravel behind him on Saturday night because both he and the defense weren't sharper.

This time, plays not made and pitches not executed left the Cardinals with a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers that sapped any momentum building from a five-game winning streak and a 16-inning victory one night earlier. The sequence of events was familiar, too, as Leake endured a pair of big innings complicated by defensive miscues and strings of hits.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dra-Matt-ic finish! Cards top LA in 16

Dra-Matt-ic finish! Cards top LA in 16

ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Dodgers squandered repeated chances with runners in scoring position, the Cardinals made a little go a long way to outlast Los Angeles, 4-3, in 16 innings Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Jedd Gyorko denied Kenley Jansen his 29th save with a two-out, game-tying homer in the ninth, and Matt Adams sealed the team's second walk-off victory in as many nights hours later with a one-out homer in the 16th. The victory extended the Cardinals' winning streak to five and boosted the club a season-best eight games above .500.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Dodgers on Friday.

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Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

Cards lefty holds Dodgers to 1 hit over 4 2/3 innings

Lyons saves 'pen with extra-long relief

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals were readying to hand Sunday's spot start to long reliever Tyler Lyons, though not yet prepared to commit to it ahead of the club's series opener against the Dodgers. Mike Matheny wanted to first see how Friday played out.

And indeed, circumstances changed. Instead of stepping in to fill a rotation void this weekend, Lyons stepped up to lift the Cardinals to their fifth straight win by covering the bulk of the extra frames in the team's 4-3, 16-inning victory over the Dodgers at Busch Stadium. Lyons twirled 4 2/3 sensational innings of relief to lead into Matt Adams' game-winning home run.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

Matheny grants slugger's request day after bloody incident

Holliday back in lineup after pitch hits nose

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Holliday didn't need to sleep on it before he reached out to Mike Matheny with the request late Thursday night. Hours after being hit in the nose by a pitch, Holliday asked his manager to reconsider his lineup plans for Friday.

Holliday wanted back in.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greg Garcia thought he had struck out, but he hadn't

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Greg Garcia thought he had struck out, but he hadn't

Marathon, extra-innings games can wear on the mind. As the seconds turn to minutes and the minutes turn to hours, things can get fuzzy as #WEIRDBASEBALL approaches.

Friday night's contest between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Busch Stadium was a perfect example of this. After the Cards tied things at 3-3 in the ninth, the game went on for seven more frames, ending in the 16th on a Matt Adams walkoff homer

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Barry M. Bloom

The Wizard back in shape, leading annual clinic

Hall of Fame shortstop's 'Play Ball with Ozzie' kicks off Induction Weekend

The Wizard back in shape, leading annual clinic

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- This was the 15th consecutive year that Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith led his "Play Ball with Ozzie" clinic.

The fundraiser that included a group of 42 kids began bright and early Friday morning on an all-dirt Little League-sized infield behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Consistent approach paying off for Aledmys

Consistent approach paying off for Aledmys

ST. LOUIS -- Nine days ago, rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz struck out looking against Astros closer Will Harris as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the All-Star Game. He let the bat sit on his shoulder with the bases loaded, watching a 3-2 pitch cross the plate for strike three.

He wasn't about to let that happen again on Thursday night, when he lined a walk-off single to left field off Carlos Villanueva to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres.

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Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cards walk off with win, four-game sweep

Cards walk off with win, four-game sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz hit a rocket to left field, and the Cardinals walked off with a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

After loading the bases with one out, Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva ran the count full before Diaz turned around a fastball, smacking a single to left for the Cardinals' fourth walk-off win of the season. Tommy Pham ignited the rally with a leadoff single before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, sandwiched by two intentional walks.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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