Posted September 21, 2012 on AP on Fox
It was all going so well for St. Louis. Chris Carpenter had a solid 2012 debut and Pete Kozma swiped home for the go-ahead run, putting the Cardinals in position to extend their timely winning streak. Then it all fell apart in a hurry. Darwin Barney connected for a tying two-run homer off Fernando Salas with two out in the ninth inning and David DeJesus hit a game-ending single in the 11th to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 5-4 victory on Friday. DeJesus came to the plate with two out and lined an 0-2 pitch from Joe Kelly (5-6) into right field to score pinch-runner Brett Jackson. Alberto Cabrera (1-1) struck out two in a perfect 11th to earn his first career victory. The Cardinals had won four in a row and entered Friday with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the second NL wild card. ''We got to a two-run lead with two strikes in the ninth, but wouldn't finish it off,'' manager Mike Matheny said. Carpenter threw five effective innings and was in line for the win un...
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