Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 8/17/12
The St. Louis Cardinals were two outs from entering their crucial series against the Pittsburgh Pirates tied for the second NL wild-card spot. But if anyone can get them even quickly, it's Jake Westbrook, who will try to win a career-best sixth consecutive start Friday night to open this three-game set between division rivals. The reigning World Series champions are tied with San Francisco at 64-54, one game back of Pittsburgh (65-53). The Cardinals held a 1-0 lead with Jason Motte trying to finish off Arizona late Thursday night after an 85-minute rain delay before the game, but he allowed homers to Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young on consecutive pitches in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. "It wasn't good,'' Motte said after blowing his first save since June 17 and fifth in 32 opportunities. ''I didn't do my job tonight. It was one of those things." Westbrook (12-8, 3.62 ERA), meanwhile, has been a driving force in getting St. Louis into playoff contention, compiling a...
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