On Monday night in Busch Stadium, Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks came within three outs of a no-hitter against the rival Cardinals (CHC 4, STL 1). However, to lead off the ninth, Cards outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker got an 0-2 changeup from Hendricks and ...

No-hitter over.

Per Rob Rains, this would've been the first time the Cardinals had been no-hit at home since July 20, 1906. Overall, the Cardinals were last no-hit on June 1, 2012, by Johan Santana of the Mets.

Still, on this night Hendricks permitted the Cardinals just two walks. He also struck out seven over 8.0 innings and lowered his majors-leading ERA to 2.03. His ERA in the second half is an especially sparkling 1.33.

Taking the long view, Hendricks' gem helped the Cubs drop their magic number to three. As for the Cardinals, they lost for the fourth time in six games and still trail the Mets by a half-game for the second and final NL wild-card berth.