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New bullpen back-end does the job

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The new-look, end-of-the-game format employed by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa Wednesday night in the second game of a day-night doubleheader worked almost without a flaw.

Right-handers Jason Motte, Eduardo Sanchez and Mitchell Boggs rattled off four innings of one-hit scoreless ball in a 5-3 win over Washington after the Nationals had roughed up right-hander Jake Westbrook in an 8-6 win in the afternoon.

Boggs gained his first save since he was in college at the University of Georgia. But it was the 22-year-old Sanchez who drew most of the raves.

A major leaguer for only a week after being brought up from Class AAA Memphis, Sanchez worked two perfect innings (the seventh and eighth) Wednesday night, giving him five big-league innings in which he has given up just two hits and no runs and fanned 10.

Veteran left-handed reliever Trever Miller said, "He acts like he's been here five or six years. He doesn't have that deer-in-the-headlight look at all."

The Cardinals' second-game win moved them into first place in the National League Central Division for the first time since last Aug. 14. Now, they are 9-9, the same mark sported by Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Chicago.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGTommy Pham , LF.306
HRPaul DeJong , SS25
RBIYadier Molina , C82
OBPTommy Pham , LF.411
SLGTommy Pham , LF.520
RTommy Pham , LF95
SBTommy Pham , LF25
WCarlos Martinez , SP12
ERALance Lynn , SP3.43
WHIPCarlos Martinez , SP1.22
KCarlos Martinez , SP217
SVSeung-Hwan Oh , RP20

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