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Carpenter, Cardinals beat Phillies in 12 innings

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 12:23 am •  Published: August 24, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Cardinals were glad they pulled this one out, eventually.

Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning, lifting St. Louis over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Saturday night.

Jhonny Peralta homered for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 and closed within a half-game of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

"It would have been a tough one to lose," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "It was one of those tough ones to swallow. But the guys fought hard and kept coming."

Ryan Howard homered and Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz each drove in a pair of runs for the Phillies.

Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso drew a leadoff walk in the 12th from Ken Giles (2-1). Descalso went to second on Jon Jay's sacrifice bunt and moved to third on Peter Bourjos' infield single. Carpenter then flied out to deep left.

Seth Maness (5-2) pitched two scoreless innings and Trevor Rosenthal earned his 38th save in 43 chances.

"The bullpen did a nice job holding us where we were after it got tied up," Matheny said.

The teams combined to use 14 pitchers in a game that took 4 hours, 53 minutes.

The Phillies tied it at 5 in the eighth on Byrd's two-run single off Pat Neshek, who relieved Randy Choate after the bases were loaded with no outs.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller was in line for the win after going six innings and allowing three runs and five hits.

"Overall I felt strong," Miller said. "I thought I did a good job getting ahead of the hitters."

A pair of Phillies errors helped the Cardinals break a 2-all tie and go in front in the sixth with three runs off reliever Mario Hollands.

"Not a good defensive inning for us," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

After A.J. Pierzynski led off with a double, Oscar Taveras hit a sinking liner to left. Domonic Brown appeared to pull up on a catchable ball and Pierzynski took off for third when Brown hesitated to throw back to the infield. Brown then threw the ball away, allowing Pierzynski to score.

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