In essence, the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins, 8-7, in 10 innings Monday night both in spite of themselves and because of themselves. Home-plate umpire Bob Davidson had a little to do with it, too. But if the Cardinals' season amounts to anything, they may well look back at this game as a watershed moment.
In the seventh, after the Cardinals had cut Miami's lead to 2-1, left fielder Matt Holliday, who has 11 hits in his last four games, batted with the bases loaded and two outs. Holliday sent what might have been a two-run, go-ahead single to right field but the smash hit center fielder Shane Robinson, the baserunner at first. Holliday had his hit, officially, but Robinson was declared out, ending the inning.
Then in the bottom of the inning, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny brought in right-hander Eduardo Sanchez, the reliever with the least control on the Cardinals' staff, with runners at second and third and one out and Miami shortstop Jose Reyes the hitter.
Matheny had Sanch...