Cardinals 2, Nationals 0. With AP Photos By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press Ryan Zimmerman saw plenty of irony in his infield single that ended Michael Wacha's no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning.
''We hit balls on the screws all night long,'' Zimmerman said. ''And that's the swing that breaks it up.''
Wacha pitched the St. Louis Cardinals past the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Tuesday night to close in on the NL Central title.
Making his ninth career start, Wacha came oh-so-close to finishing off the third no-hitter in the majors this season. Instead, the Busch Stadium crowd let out a loud, collective groan as the rookie became the third pitcher to have an attempt broken up with one out to go.
Zimmerman hit a chopper just over the 6-foot-6 Wacha, and the ball bounced slowly toward shortstop. A charging Pete Kozma grabbed it with his bare hand and whipped a throw to first that was a little wide, pulling Matt Adams off the bag as Zimmerman arrived.
''I think it nicked off ...