The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)
NL-ish Quote of the Night
"That was classic."
-- Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa on Joel Pineiro's two-hit, complete game shutout that featured 22 groundouts
St. Louis Cardinals 3, New York Mets 0
St. Louis's Joel Pineiro tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Cardinals past the Mets in the only non-interleague series going on. Pineiro needed just 100 pitches to tally his fifth career shutout and 11th career complete game. What aided Pineiro is that 22 of the 27 outs he recorded were groundouts. Pineiro also helped himself out at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double and a run. Albert Pujols contributed a two-run single to amount for the rest of the Cardinals' offense.
For six innings, it seemed like the Nationals were going to actually lay claim to "Natstown," then came the final three innings. Boston tied the game at three in seventh then exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to paste the Nats in front of the largest crowd ever at Nationals Park. Washington starter John Lannan gave up just three runs over 6 1/3 innings then watched as five relievers allowed eight runs over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Baltimore staged another late rally, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning to force extra innings before losing in 12. The loss snapped the Orioles' five-game win streak in the opener of a three-game series in Florida. 39 players were used in the game (20 by the O's) with Baltimore Manager Dave Trembley exhausting his bench and using pitcher Jeremy Guthrie as a pinch runner and pitcher Rich Hill as a pinch hitter. Jorge Cantu was the hero for the Marlins as he singled in Emilio Bonifacio from second base to end the game.
Atlanta rookie Tommy Hanson held New York in check, pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Yankees mustered just four hits in the game while working seven walks in the losing effort. Brian McCann and Garret Anderson each drove in two runs to power the Braves' offense.
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