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Final Score: Cardinals 4 Reds 2

The Bottom Line:

— The St. Louis Cardinals (87-73) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (96-64) on Monday night by a score of 4-2. Their magic number is currently down to one.  With a Dodgers loss tonight, they will clinch the second slot in the National League wild card race.

— Jaime Garcia gave up two runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 3.92. He also hit a home run off Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1.

— Allen Craig hit an RBI-double to drive in Carlos Beltran, giving them a 2-1 lead. He now has 35 doubles on the season.

— Daniel Descalso tripled in the sixth inning, his seventh of the year, to drive in Yadier Molina and give the Cards a 4-1 lead.

The magic number is down to one and the Giants as of this moment beating the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 1-0. We will update as the game continues…

What’s Next: We wait. Go Giants. But regardless of what happens, the Cardinals will play the middle game of this final series of the season against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. First pitch will be at 7:15 and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. As always, all pre and post game information can be found on CardsBlog. Go Cards.

 

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