Cards miss chance to pull even
Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 7:02 pm
By CHRIS DUNCAN
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have done just about everything right in September to make their charge at Atlanta in the NL wild-card race. They wasted an opportunity to finally draw even by losing exactly the kind of game they’ve been winning lately.
Brian Bogusevic scored on Angel Sanchez’s bunt in the 10th inning, giving the Astros a 5-4 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night.
St. Louis had won 15-of-20 to close the gap on the Braves, who have dropped 16-of-25 games in September following Monday’s loss to Philadelphia.
But the Cardinals squandered several scoring chances in Houston, uncharacteristic during their surge. St. Louis has seven one-run victories this month.
“If you’ve watched us over the last two weeks, everything’s been perfect,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.
Former Astros star Lance Berkman hit a tying two-run double off Wesley Wright in the eighth, capping a Cardinals rally from three runs down.
But Bogusevic doubled off Octavio Dotel (3-3) in the 10th and advanced on Jason Bourgeois’ bunt. Sanchez then dropped a bunt in front of the plate, and Bogusevic charged home as Dotel mishandled his attempt to flip the ball to catcher Yadier Molina with his glove.
Published in The Messenger 9.27.11