Arizona at St. Louis

Final 12th
St. Louis
W: S. Maness (2-2) L: T. Cahill (1-6)
HR: ARI - G. Parra (5)   STL - None

Cardinals beat Diamondbacks on throwing error in 12th wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha was a ball magnet, snaring a line drive instinctively just trying to protect his face and then making an early exit after a foul liner struck him just above the right elbow while he sat in the dugout.

"It hit a nerve and the whole hand went numb. It was a pretty scary feeling, that's for sure," the rookie right-hander said after the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in 12 innings. "I'm sure I'll have a little bruise there tomorrow."

Wacha had an ace bandage wrapped around the elbow but said he felt OK. But he made no guarantees about his next start.

"I mean, I have no clue," he said. "It feels good right now. I'll see tomorrow when I play some catch."

The Cardinals left the bases loaded in the 10th but kept the pressure on. Arizona shortstop Chris Owings threw wildly to the plate on Allen Craig's bases-loaded grounder with none out, allowing Matt Holliday to score the winning run.

"Holliday was running and the ball was hit in the hole a little bit," Owings said. "I had to make a play. I had to make a good throw. I didn't."

The Cardinals cut down the go-ahead run at the plate in the 10th on Daniel Descalso's perfect relay throw from down the left field line to nail Ender Inciarte trying to score from first on Paul Goldschmidt's two-out double.

"They had to make two perfect throws to make me out at home plate and they did that," Inciarte said. "It was close, but I was out."

Holliday walked off Trevor Cahill (1-6) to start the 12th. Matt Adams doubled and Yadier Molina was walked intentionally. Owings had plenty of time for a force play of the plate but his throw eluded catcher Miguel Montero.

Seth Maness (2-2) allowed a hit in the 12th for the Cardinals, who persevered long after Wacha was taken out.

Jason Motte worked 1⅔ scoreless innings in his first appearance since the 2012 postseason. He got help from Holliday, Descalso and Molina on that nifty relay.

The Cardinals left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th against rookie Evan Marshall, but couldn't push across the winning run.

Wacha allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and made two outstanding defensive plays before Adams' liner forced an early exit after 88 pitches. The team said Wacha, the NLCS MVP last fall, had a bruise and was removed for precautionary reasons.

"I think he's going to be fine," manager Mike Matheny said. "It was just tightening up a bit. Yeah, we would have liked to have thrown him back out there for the seventh."

Gerardo Parra's two-run homer off Carlos Martinez put the Diamondbacks up 2-1 in the eighth, their first runs in 17 innings in the series after Adam Wainwright's one-hitter Tuesday. Pinch-hitter Jon Jay's sacrifice fly off Brad Ziegler tied it in the bottom half.

Wacha snared Martin Prado's liner right back at him on instincts, throwing his glove up on the follow-through. He foiled a squeeze attempt by Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy later in the fifth, gloving the bunt in front of the plate and shoveling the ball to Molina at the plate in time to catch Cody Ross.

The Diamondbacks unsuccessfully challenged, lobbying for an obstruction call at the plate.

Martinez gave up the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in a loss to Atlanta on Sunday and has surrendered seven runs in 7⅔ innings his last nine outings. Ziegler was scored upon for only the second time in his past 23 appearances.

The Cardinals won a challenge and perhaps saved a run in the second when Montero was ruled out attempting to steal with one out. The next batter, Prado, singled.

Molina had two hits, giving him 14 the first eight games of a nine-game home stand.


Rock 'n' roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry, 87 and a St. Louis resident, threw out the first pitch. ... Lance Lynn (5-2, 3.67) faces Wade Miley (3-4, 4.94) to end a nine-game home stand. Lynn is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA against Arizona and 20-8 lifetime at home. Miley is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in five road starts this year. ... Opponents are 8 for 19 attempting to steal against Molina. ... In Wacha's 10 starts, he has allowed two or fewer runs six times. ... Cardinals SS Jhonny Peralta, 1 for 21 against McCarthy, did not start. ... Arizona 2B Aaron Hill returned after missing three games with shoulder soreness and was 0 for 5.

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Matt Holliday slides in with the winning run as Arizona catcher Miguel Montero watches Chris Owings' errant throw sail by.  (Getty Images)
Matt Holliday slides in with the winning run as Arizona catcher Miguel Montero watches Chris Owings' errant throw sail by. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

G. Parra
AB 6
R 1
H 1
HR 1
St. Louis

A. Craig
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Gerardo Parra, RF6112014 .264
Chris Owings, SS5000011 .275
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010111 .316
Miguel Montero, C3000201 .266
Aaron Hill, 2B5000013 .262
   Trevor Cahill, P0000000 .167
Martin Prado, 3B5010010 .250
Cody Ross, LF2010101 .203
   Joe Thatcher, P0000000 .000
   Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .000
   a-Alfredo Marte, PH1000010 .263
   Evan Marshall, P0000000 .000
   Cliff Pennington, 2B1000000 .224
A.J. Pollock, CF5010011 .304
Brandon McCarthy, P2000000 .105
   Oliver Perez, P0000000 .000
   b-Eric Chavez, PH1010000 .296
   Ender Inciarte, PR-LF2110000 .129
a-struck out for Ziegler in the 9th
b-singled for Perez in the 8th
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (20, Motte)
HR - Gerardo Parra (5, Martinez)
RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (16)
CS - Miguel Montero (1, 2nd base by Wacha/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Goldschmidt-Owings, Goldschmidt-Owings-Prado-Hill-Goldschmidt
E - Chris Owings (8, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon McCarthy 6711230 4.67
Oliver Perez 1100000 3.44
Joe Thatcher (H,3) 0.1000000 2.70
Brad Ziegler (BS,2) 0.2211000 2.59
Evan Marshall 2100220 0.00
Trevor Cahill (L,1-6) 1110210 5.77
IBB - Adams by Evan Marshall, Molina by Trevor Cahill
WP - Brandon McCarthy (1)
HBP - Holliday (by Brandon McCarthy)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 99-62, Oliver Perez 22-15, Joe Thatcher 2-2, Brad Ziegler 14-11, Evan Marshall 36-19, Trevor Cahill 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 8-5, Oliver Perez 2-1, Evan Marshall 3-1, Trevor Cahill 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 26, Oliver Perez 4, Joe Thatcher 1, Brad Ziegler 4, Evan Marshall 9, Trevor Cahill 7
St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter, 3B6020000 .267
Kolten Wong, 2B6010022 .250
   Seth Maness, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF4210102 .272
Matt Adams, 1B5030110 .316
Yadier Molina, C4120102 .335
Allen Craig, RF4031200 .233
Peter Bourjos, CF2000104 .225
   a-Jon Jay, PH-CF1001013 .267
Daniel Descalso, SS-2B50000110 .152
Michael Wacha, P2000000 .056
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   b-Shane Robinson, PH1000000 .095
   Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
   c-Mark Ellis, PH1000000 .182
   Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   Jason Motte, P0000000 .000
   d-Jhonny Peralta, PH-SS1000010 .250
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Bourjos in the 8th
b-flied out for Neshek in the 7th
c-grounded out for Rosenthal in the 9th
d-struck out for Motte in the 11th
2B - Matt Holliday (12, Marshall), Matt Adams 2 (16, McCarthy), Yadier Molina (11, Ziegler)
SF - Jon Jay (1)
SH - Yadier Molina (1)
RBI - Allen Craig (19), Jon Jay (11)
2-OUT RBI - Allen Craig (8)
SB - Matt Adams (1, 3rd base off McCarthy/Montero)
Team LOB - 15
Outfield Assists - Matt Holliday 1
E - Randy Choate (1, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Michael Wacha 6200340 2.54
Pat Neshek (H,6) 1100000 0.95
Carlos Martinez (BS,4) 1222111 4.50
Trevor Rosenthal 1000010 4.76
Randy Choate 0.1000000 6.23
Jason Motte 1.2100010 0.00
Seth Maness (W,2-2) 1100000 2.55
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Wacha 88-56, Pat Neshek 19-15, Carlos Martinez 21-13, Trevor Rosenthal 11-7, Randy Choate 11-8, Jason Motte 15-10, Seth Maness 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Wacha 4-9, Pat Neshek 2-1, Carlos Martinez 1-1, Trevor Rosenthal 2-0, Randy Choate 1-1, Jason Motte 1-2, Seth Maness 2-1
Batters Faced - Michael Wacha 22, Pat Neshek 4, Carlos Martinez 6, Trevor Rosenthal 3, Randy Choate 2, Jason Motte 5, Seth Maness 4
Game Information
Attendance - 40542
Game Time - 4:00
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jeff Gosney, Third Base - Marvin Hudson