St. Louis Cardinals closer Edward Mujica appreciates a feel-good story as much as anyone.
Only, he wasn't about to let this be Todd Helton's moment, not against him and especially not with his team in a tight playoff race.
Mujica struck out Helton to end the game with the bases loaded as the Cardinals held off the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday night to expand their lead in the NL Central race.
''Unbelievable,'' Mujica said, shaking his head.
The cheering crowd thought this just might be another unbelievable memory in a career full of them for Helton, who will retire at the end of the season. Even starting pitcher Adam Wainwright thought things were setting up too perfectly for it to be anything but the stage for Helton's heroics.
''When we load the bases there, as much faith as I have in Mujica, you hear, `Now coming up to the plate, Todd Helton,' and you go, `Oh, man,''' Wainwright said. ''It's too perfect. But (Mujica) pitched him perfect. That last pitch, it was like a t...