Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

Cards rally past Nats with 5-run seventh

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Heyward smashed a two-run double off of the left-field wall to highlight a five-run seventh as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 8-5, on Monday night at Busch Stadium.

Heyward's double was the only extra-base hit of the night for the Cardinals. All eight position players reached base, and Heyward, Kolten Wong, Mark Reynolds, Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta each had a pair of hits.

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Gonzales to start for Martinez on Tuesday

Lefty to sub for injured right-hander against Nationals

Gonzales to start for Martinez on Tuesday

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez will not make his scheduled start for the Cardinals against the Nationals on Tuesday. The team announced that left-hander Marco Gonzales will be called up from Triple-A Memphis to make his first big league start of the season.

"We've been planning this for a few days, really since [Martinez's] last start," manager Mike Matheny said. "We knew about the back being a little tight, but he was doing almost all of his typical work between starts, there wasn't an issue there.

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Returning leg strength gives Moss confidence

Power coming back after offseason hip surgery

Returning leg strength gives Moss confidence

ST. LOUIS -- Brandon Moss is finally feeling stronger after hip surgery derailed his offseason preparation, and the results are starting to show.

Moss belted his first two home runs as a Cardinal last week in Arizona and San Francisco. He also hit several balls hard right to opposing defenders.

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Gonzales makes 2015 debut against Nationals

Gonzales makes 2015 debut against Nationals

The Nationals and Cardinals tangle at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, with Washington right-hander Joe Ross and St. Louis left-hander Marco Gonzales squaring off.

Ross has arguably been Washington's most consistent pitcher. In his last two starts, he has allowed one earned run in 13 innings with 11 strikeouts.

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Cards muscle their way to win over Giants

Cards muscle their way to win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cardinals' 10-game road trip came to an end Sunday in San Francisco, where they capped it with a 7-5 victory over the Giants that featured the team's sixth three-homer game of the year.

St. Louis ambushed opposing starter Chris Heston, who allowed three runs before retiring his first batter. Matt Carpenter's leadoff homer preceded later solo shots from Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds as the Cardinals padded their lead. The Cardinals scored in five innings to keep the Giants from pecking away at the deficit.

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Cardinals surge to end road trip strong

Cardinals surge to end road trip strong

SAN FRANCISCO -- In reeling off seven wins in their last eight games, capped by a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday, the Cardinals rebounded from an ominous start to a 10-game road trip and ensured they headed home in the exact same position they were when the lengthy stay on the West Coast began.

With a 7-3 record on the trip, the Cardinals negated a strong week by the pursuant Pirates. The 4 1/2-game lead the Cardinals held in the National League Central upon opening a series in San Diego on Aug. 21 is the same cushion they'll enjoy when beginning a nine-game homestand Monday. In between, the Cardinals, who are seeking a third straight division title, shaved 10 games off their magic number.

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Carpenter reaches 'fun' homer milestone

Cardinals third baseman slugs 20th long ball, earns prize from Wainwright

Carpenter reaches 'fun' homer milestone

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adam Wainwright thought Matt Carpenter was getting a little carried away this spring when the Cardinals third baseman started proclaiming his ability to produce a 20-homer season. So Wainwright offered him a bet: Hit 20, Wainwright told Carpenter, and he would buy him a golf cart.

On the second pitch Carpenter saw in the team's 130th game, Carpenter secured himself his first 20-homer campaign and a new mode of transportation to use around his Texas home. His solo shot sparked a three-run first that the Cardinals rode to a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday and left Wainwright, who was watching from the AT&T Park visitor's dugout, to research where he'd buy a purple golf cart for the Texas Christian University graduate.

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Bader on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Astros prospect homers thrice, on list for record-tying fourth time in 2015

Bader 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.

A.J. Reed is at it again. The Astros first-base prospect homered three more times and drove in seven more runs last week at Double-A Corpus Christi, earning Prospect Team of the Week honors for the fourth time in 2015. That ties Reed with Kyle Schwarber for the most recognition this year.

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Lynn shrugs off ankle injury, plans on next start

Lynn shrugs off ankle injury, plans on next start

SAN FRANCISCO -- A day after being forced out of his start due to a mild right ankle sprain, Cardinals starter Lance Lynn, while walking around the AT&T Park visiting clubhouse without issue Sunday, reaffirmed his intentions to make his next scheduled start. That would come Friday, when the Cardinals open a critical three-game home series against the Pirates.

"Everything feels good," Lynn said before Sunday's series finale. "Everything should be fine. John Lackey says it's a long way from your heart, so I should be fine. I'll be good to go on Friday."

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Cards look forward to injured players' returns

September reinforcements will mostly be veterans coming off DL

Cards look forward to injured players' returns

SAN FRANCISCO -- At a time in the season when most clubs look forward to increasing their depth with the addition of several Minor League players, the Cardinals eye September as a chance to fortify their roster simply by getting healthy.

Beginning Tuesday, teams will be permitted to carry more than 25 players on their active roster. Manager Mike Matheny said the team doesn't plan to make a "sizable" number of Minor League additions but rather rely on the return of several rehabbing players.

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Cards support strong Lynn in win over Giants

Cards support strong Lynn in win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yadier Molina hit a two-run single in the fifth inning and Lance Lynn cruised through seven shutout innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park.

The outcome helped St. Louis keep its division lead to 3 1/2 games, and in the process, San Francisco fell 3 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

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Lyle Spencer

Molina performing perfectly for Cardinals

Molina performing perfectly for Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yadier Molina is a great player. Precisely how great, even in this age of advanced analytics, we may never know. There simply is no math -- new or old -- to calculate his value to the St. Louis Cardinals as their field commander, leader and conscience.

Molina, who caught and went the distance on Friday night, strapped on the gear Saturday afternoon and went to work with starter Lance Lynn. The Cardinals subdued the surging Giants, 6-0, to even the series with the club that eliminated them at AT&T Park in the National League Championship Series last October.

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Cishek carries inspiration with him to mound

Cardinals reliever reads Bible verse on card before each appearance

Cishek carries inspiration with him to mound

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tucked into Cardinals reliever Steve Cishek's pocket every time he takes the mound is a square piece of laminated paper, the edges of which show the wear of time. That card has become as much a part of his in-game routine as his warmup pitches, with Cishek pausing before he faces his first batter to step off the mound to pull out the card and read the words.

On it is a handwritten Bible verse -- Colossians 3:23 -- that Cishek likes to recite as a reminder of how to carry himself on the mound. The New International Version of the Bible cites it as:

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Cardinals fall to Giants on walk-off hit

Cardinals fall to Giants on walk-off hit

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kelby Tomlinson delivered a walk-off single in the ninth inning and Marlon Byrd smacked a grand slam in the third to power the San Francisco Giants to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night at AT&T Park.

After hitting his first career home run Thursday, Tomlinson one-upped himself Friday, lining a 2-2 fastball to center field off the Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist with the bases loaded to pull the Giants to 4 1/2 games back of the Cubs for the second National League Wild Card spot and keep them 2 1/2 behind the Dodgers in the NL West.

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Miscues haunt Cardinals in loss to Giants

Two errors precede grand slam; walks set up game-deciding hit

Miscues haunt Cardinals in loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- After sweeping a series in Arizona behind reliable defense and all-around execution, the Cardinals gave away too many free bases and extra outs to avoid another crushing ending in a place that haunted them last October.

All five runs in San Francisco's 5-4 victory at AT&T Park came with an assist from the Cardinals, who posted their second three-error game on this road trip and then set up the Giants' walk-off celebration with a pair of free passes.

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Lyle Spencer

Wacha shows he's a legit No. 1 for Cardinals

St. Louis starter shakes off NLCS nightmare with strong outing vs. Giants

Wacha shows he's a legit No. 1 for Cardinals

SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Wacha missed on a pitch to Marlon Byrd -- hanging a curveball that cost him four unearned runs -- and was unable to ring up his 16th win of the season on Friday night to match Madison Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta for the National League lead.

But what Wacha did before the Giants prevailed, 5-4, on Kelby Tomlinson's walk-off single in the ninth outweighed what he did not do. The Cardinals' 24-year-old right-hander from Texarkana, Texas, showed why he's a legitimate No. 1 on the best pitching staff in the game.

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Piscotty has strong night in homecoming

Cardinals rookie gets two hits, makes nice plays before family, friends

Piscotty has strong night in homecoming

SAN FRANCISCO -- Playing as close to his Bay Area hometown as he has since he was a standout player at Stanford University, Cardinals rookie outfielder Stephen Piscotty treated his personal cheering section of approximately 50 friends and family members to a web gem in the field and a two-hit night at the plate.

Though the Cardinals eventually suffered a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Giants, Piscotty keyed the team's comeback attempt against starter Mike Leake. His two-out, two-run double in the fourth capped a three-run inning that pulled the Cardinals to within one after Marlon Byrd's grand slam. With a ninth-inning single, Piscotty notched his 10th multi-hit games since debuting July 21.

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Cards hire Flores as new scouting director

SAN FRANCISCO -- Randy Flores, a reliever on the Cardinals' 2006 World Series championship club, has returned to the organization to serve as the director of scouting, a position the Cardinals were unexpectedly left to fill after the dismissal of Chris Correa on July 1.

Flores becomes the Cardinals' fourth scouting director in the last five years. Jeff Luhnow held the title until 2011, at which time he left to become general manager of the Astros. Dan Kantrovitz followed him and spent three years in the post before taking a front-office position with the A's. Correa, hired last December, was let go this summer after becoming a person of interest in an FBI investigation into unauthorized access of the Houston Astros' database. Correa later admitted to entering the Astros' system.

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Rosenthal missing SF series for birth of child

Cardinals recall reliever Tuivailala with closer on paternity leave

Rosenthal missing SF series for birth of child

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cardinals will be without their All-Star closer for the final leg of this three-city road trip, after Trevor Rosenthal returned to St. Louis on Friday morning to attend the birth of his second daughter.

By putting Rosenthal on the paternity-leave list, the Cards were able to temporarily replace him on the roster with right-hander Sam Tuivailala. This will be Tuivailala's fourth stint with the Major League club this season.

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Unusual suspects lead Cards' 5th straight win

Unusual suspects lead Cards' 5th straight win

PHOENIX -- The Cardinals completed a season sweep of the D-backs on Thursday with a 5-3 victory punctuated by home runs from backup catcher Tony Cruz and fill-in outfielder Brandon Moss before reliever Seth Maness highlighted the night by pulling off a great escape.

After sweeping a three-game home series against the D-backs in May, the Cardinals interrupted Arizona's attempt to keep climbing up the National League West standings by winning four straight at Chase Field. In doing so, the Cardinals, who have won five in a row on this road trip, maintained their 4 1/2-game lead in the NL Central. This was their first four-game sweep at Chase Field.

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Moss ends drought with first Cardinals homer

Moss ends drought with first Cardinals homer

PHOENIX -- After a series of balls hit to the warning track during his first four weeks with his new team, Brandon Moss, much to his relief, finally showed the Cardinals his ability to drop one over.

Moss, homerless in his first 58 appearances with St. Louis after blasting 15 with the Indians before a July 30 trade, delivered a tiebreaking homer that would eventually stand as a game-winner in Thursday night's 5-3 win over Arizona.

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Maness amazes with bases-loaded escape act

Maness amazes with bases-loaded escape act

PHOENIX -- In three years with the Cardinals, Seth Maness has distinguished himself as the bullpen fireman, the one summoned to extinguish the messes. But never had he pulled off an escape as seemingly impossible as the one he did to preserve the team's 5-3 win over the D-backs on Thursday night.

Maness played magician in the eighth inning, doing so without even needing to lean on the double-play ball that has helped him out of so many jams before. Entering into a bases-loaded, no-out predicament created by Steve Cishek, Maness notched a pair of strikeouts before inducing a ground ball to end the threat.

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Jay set to rehab at Triple-A this weekend

Jay set to rehab at Triple-A this weekend

PHOENIX -- Of the Cardinals' seven players rehabbing an injury, outfielder Jon Jay will be the first to begin a rehab assignment with one of the organization's Minor League affiliates.

Jay, who has missed the team's last 51 games while strengthening his left wrist, is scheduled to meet up with the Triple-A Memphis club on Friday as it continues a road series in Reno, Nev. The Cardinals have not determined whether Jay will be in Friday's lineup or wait until the weekend to play. The team has also not projected how long the rehab assignment will last. With rosters set to expand on Tuesday, the Cardinals would not activate the center fielder before then.

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Cards follow Lackey to fourth straight win

Cards follow Lackey to fourth straight win

PHOENIX -- Needing a win to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four with a 3-1 win over the D-backs in front of 17,572 at Chase Field on Wednesday night.

After the two teams traded home runs, St. Louis buried Arizona with a two-run seventh, capped by run-scoring hits from Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter. With Stephen Piscotty in motion on a hit-and-run, Wong laced an RBI double off David Hernandez into the left-field corner to give the Cardinals their first lead of the night. Carpenter, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, padded the lead with a two-out RBI single to right off Andrew Chafin.

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Rosenthal has 2nd straight 40-save season

Cards' closer on pace to break Lee Smith's franchise record of 47

Rosenthal has 2nd straight 40-save season

PHOENIX -- A year after becoming the fifth Cardinals pitcher to complete a 40-save season, Trevor Rosenthal moved into even rarer company by joining Lee Smith as the only closers in franchise history with two.

Rosenthal pitched a scoreless ninth on Wednesday to put a bow on the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the D-backs and notch his 40th save. He reached that number in just 42 opportunities, with his only two blown saves through the team's first 126 games coming against division-rival Pittsburgh.

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Double plays proving to be Cards' desert friends

Double plays proving to be Cards' desert friends

PHOENIX -- The Cardinals arrived in Arizona having turned 111 double plays through their first 123 games, a total that ranked 15th in the Majors. In just three days, they have added another eight twin killings to that list.

The latest three came on Wednesday night, all to benefit starter John Lackey and help buy time for the offense to do some late-inning scoring. Those double plays, as well as a web gem from center fielder Tommy Pham, loomed large as the Cardinals pushed their winning streak to four games with a 3-1 win over the D-backs.

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Bourjos hopes to deliver when Cards call

Bourjos hopes to deliver when Cards call

PHOENIX -- With a seventh-inning home run in Tuesday's 9-1 win over Arizona, Peter Bourjos snapped a hitless skid that extended 21 at-bats over 35 days. Bourjos understood, though, that while a relief, that sort of result is unlikely to buy him much playing time on a team that has bypassed him several times while sifting through various center-field options.

Randal Grichuk took over the position when Jon Jay went down with a thumb injury. Since Grichuk's injury, the Cardinals have used Jason Heyward and, most recently, Tommy Pham to fill the vacancy. As for Bourjos, he continues to await late-game opportunities to pinch-hit, pinch-run or offer his above-average defensive skills.

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Cards' aggressiveness pays dividends

Cards' aggressiveness pays dividends

PHOENIX -- In all those postgame news conferences during which Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has had to defend aggressively running into outs, he has remained consistent in his insistence that pushing the envelope on the bases will offer a long-term payoff. And indeed, in Tuesday night's runaway 9-1 win over Arizona, the Cardinals generated much of their early offense by aggressively taking extra bases.

It started from the top with Matt Carpenter, who, after drawing a nine-pitch leadoff walk, sprinted first-to-third on Tommy Pham's single to right. Pham took the extra 90 feet, too, as Carpenter's hustle drew a throw from right fielder Yasmany Tomas. Both Carpenter and Pham would score on Jason Heyward's two-run single.

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Cards ride 4-run first in rout of D-backs

Cards ride 4-run first in rout of D-backs

PHOENIX -- Buoyed by a four-run first inning, the Cardinals cruised to a 9-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday to further fortify their National League Central lead.

With a second victory in as many nights at Chase Field, the Cardinals capitalized on Pittsburgh's loss in Miami to increase their division lead to 4 1/2 games. Arizona falls 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. The Cardinals also became the Majors' first team to 80 wins.

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Wong's days off bear fruit with pair of hits

Wong's days off bear fruit with pair of hits

PHOENIX -- Rejuvenated and refocused after a pair of off-days, Kolten Wong returned to the Cardinals' starting lineup on Tuesday zeroed in on achieving proper process regardless the result. He came away from the Cards' 9-1 win over the D-backs having enjoyed the bonus of both.

Stuck in his first substantial skid of the season, Wong showed signs of breaking out with his second multi-hit game of the month. He continued the offense's first-inning assault on starter Robbie Ray by contributing an RBI single. Wong later doubled in a fifth-inning at-bat.

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