Nearly throwing it away

Cardinals 2, Reds 1.

Matt Carpenter is mobbed after singling home the winner in the 10th. (AP photo)

Whew! The Redbirds nearly wasted a fine effort by Kyle Lohse, who threw 7 shutout innings, getting ahead of 20 of the 25 batters he faced and striking out 6 of them.

But there wasn’t much run support, and when Lohse was lifted, he left with a 1-0 lead that evaporated after two errors allowed the Reds to tie it up in the 8th. Fortunately, Marc Rzepczynski (known to his team-mates as “Scrabble”) came in and struck out Joey Votto looking with the lead run on.

Then in the 9th, with bases loaded and only one out, both Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman popped up to first.

But in the 10th, Matt Carpenter was sent in to pinch-hit with the bases again loaded, and he came through, hitting a sacrifice fly that brought in Tyler Greene.

Later,

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