It wasn't pretty. But, with all the breaks that have bounced against the St. Louis Cardinals so far this season, they'll take a win secured by a throwing error in extra innings.
The Redbirds got the gift run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th when a potential double play ball to the drawn in shortstop couldn't be converted. The throw to the plate, which may have been relayed to first base for a second out if it was clean, went to the backstop as Matt Holliday scored the winning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Cardinals won 3-2 to keep pace in the National League Central race with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Not on the breaks went St. Louis' way Wednesday night. Young starting pitcher Michael Wacha was robbed of a win in another strong start. And injury was added to insult when Wacha was hit by a foul ball on his pitching elbow while in the Cardinals dugout between innings.
Wacha allowed no runs and only two hits over six innings of work. He walked three and struck out four and left with a 1-0 lead. But reliever Carlos Martinez surrendered a two-run homer in relief to take Wacha out of eligibility for a victory. After the game, the Cardinals announced that Wacha had an elbow contusion and that he was taken out of the game only as a precaution.
While the Redbirds could only score three runs, their bats continued to show signs of life with Matt Adams and Allen Craig each collecting three hits. Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina had two his each.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wacha
Cardinals Play of the Game: Jon Jay prevented the Diamondbacks from taking a lead in extra innings when he made a tumbling catch on the warning track in left center. The ball nearly rolled out of his glove but Jay is one of the few major league outfielders who uses both hands to catch the ball and he was able to secure the ball with his bare hand.
Lowlight: Daniel Descalso, given the start at shortstop so Jhonny Peralta could have a day off, stranded 10 runners on base during the game.