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Game 147: Cardinals 5, Dodgers 2

The Cardinals managed to win the last game of their four-game set against the Dodgers.

But I wonder if a victory to conclude a 2-7 west coast swing is going to make the Redbirds' flight very happy.

They had a chance to put away the Dodgers. But instead they fumbled away two games of the series with sloppy play and lousy pitching. So, instead of having a three-game grip on the last wildcard spot, St. Louis is clinging to a one-game lead.

The Cardinals found themselves tied with the Dodgers at two in the top of the 12th inning Sunday when Matt Carpenter led off the inning with a walk. The Birds sacrifice bunted Carpenter down to second in front of Daniel Descalso -- who struck out for the second out of the inning.

Jon Jay, however hit a two-out double to put St. Louis ahead 3-2 Then the Los Angeles bullpen melted down, loading the bases before Hanley Ramirez casually fielded an Allen Craig grounder and flipped it to second -- too late to make an out. The Cardinals scored an important insurance run on the play to go ahead 4-2. Then Yadier Molina drew a walk to push home another run and make the score 5-2.

Shelby Miller, who threw a scoreless inning of relief, notching his first major league win in a game that was saved by Jason Motte who coughed up a 3-2 lead in the ninth the day before.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Carlos Beltran was 2-for-4 in the game with a pair of walks and a pair of runs scored. Hopefully it's a sign that he's coming out of his two-month-plus-long slumber at the plate.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Jon Jay's hit was also a big breakout because he was hitless in five at bats in the game up to that point. And he was one of three Cardinals starters who was nursing a 10 at bat or more hit drought.

Lowlight: Two wins in a seven-game road trip is completely unacceptable for the Cardinals. St. Louis needs to come home and sweep the Dodgers to get back on firm ground.

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