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St.  Louis, MO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Holliday started the defensive play 
that  kept the Cardinals tied  with the  Diamondbacks and  ended the  game by 
scoring  on an  error in the 12th  inning in a 3-2 St. Louis triumph Wednesday 
night. 

Holliday   walked,   Matt  Adams  doubled   to  left  and  Yadier  Molina  was 
intentionally  walked  to fill  the bases  with nobody out  in the 12th. Allen 
Craig  then hit a  grounder to shortstop Chris Owings, whose throw to home was 
wide and went behind catcher Miguel Montero. 

Adams  and Craig each  had three hits, as the Cardinals won for the sixth time 
in seven games and can sweep this three-game set Thursday. 

The  sloppy defense in the 12th was a sharp contrast to the play the Cardinal
pulled off in the 10th inning when both teams wasted good chances to score. 

Jason  Motte, who  had missed all of  2013 and 44 games this season recovering 
from  Tommy John  surgery and  was activated  off the  disabled list  Tuesday, 
entered  with one out in the top portion. With two down, Paul Goldschmidt sent 
a  double to  left field, but Holliday  picked up the ball and threw to Daniel 
Descalso,  who delivered a strike on the relay throw to Molina at the plate to 
nail Ender Inciarte. 

"I  believe he's been much more aggressive in the outfield," Cardinals manager 
Mike  Matheny said  of Holliday.  "He  has a  good  arm. That's  the game,  no 
question." 

The Cardinals then  filled the bases with  one out in their half of the 10th, 
but  Evan  Marshall fanned  Jon Jay, and  on a 3-2  pitch Descalso bounced one 
weakly back to the mound. 

Jay  made a diving grab in left-center to rob Gerardo Parra of a potential go- 
ahead hit to cap the top of the 12th. Inciarte was on first after a single and 
may have scored if the ball caromed off the wall. 

Seth Maness (2-2) pitched one inning to get the win, while Trevor Cahill (1-6) 
suffered the loss. 

Parra  hit a two-run  homer for Arizona, which lost for the fourth time in six 
games. 

Diamondbacks  starter  Brandon McCarthy allowed  a run  on seven hits over the 
first six innings. 

"I  at  least managed  to hold them  down for a  while. I  did a decent job in 
keeping us in it as much as I could," McCarthy said. 

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha was in the dugout when he suffered a contusion 
on his right elbow after being hit by a batted ball from Adams leading off the 
bottom of the sixth inning. 

The  Diamondbacks  seemingly put  a runner  in scoring  position in the second 
inning,  but that  was erased  due  to a  challenge by  the Cardinals.  Miguel 
Montero  walked and  stole second with one out, but replays showed Kolten Wong 
applied the tag to the right shoulder. 

The Cardinals  broke through  for a run  in the fourth  when Craig grounded a 
single into left field to score Holliday. 

More  good  defense from the Cardinals kept them in  front in the fifth. With 
runners  at  the corners,  McCarthy bunted  weakly toward  first. Wacha made a 
bare-hand  stop and flipped  to the plate where Molina applied the tag on Cody 
Ross. 

Wacha  made a spectacular  stab of a line drive off the bat of Martin Prado to 
start  the fifth,  but he couldn't avoid  getting hit by his own player in the 
sixth. 

Pat Neshek came in to relieve Wacha to begin the seventh. Wacha gave up just a 
pair  of hits  and was in line for  the win until Parra hit a two-run homer in 
the  eighth off  Carlos Martinez to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. Pinch-hitter Eric 
Chavez singled prior to Parra's hit to right. 

The Cardinals tied  it in  the bottom  of the  eighth. Molina  doubled, Craig 
singled and then Jay, in a pinch-hit role, lifted a sacrifice fly to center. 

                                   Game Notes 

Molina  has a  nine-game hitting streak ...  The Cardinals left 15 men on base 
... St. Louis recalled outfielder Shane Robinson from Triple-A Memphis. 

 
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