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Game Recap: Rosenthal, Cards Fall in Ninth Inning against Boston

The Bottom Line: Matt Adams knocked in a run with a single in the first inning against his former teammate Joe Kelly, but that would be the only thing Cards fans would have to cheer about as the Cards came up short, 2-1, despite a quality start from Shelby Miller. The game was tied 1-1 in the ninth inning when Mike Matheny interestingly chose closer Trevor Rosenthal (1-6, 3.19 ERA) to pitch even though it was not a save situation, and the move backfired. The Sox loaded the bases with nobody out and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. The loss ended the Cards’ three-game winning streak and means that tomorrow night’s game against the Red Sox will be the rubber match of this series.

Kelly and Miller Duel It Out: Kelly continued to pitch well at Busch, as he gave up one run and scattered three hits and four walks in seven innings of work, to make a great first impression with his new team and leave a bad taste in his old team’s mouth.  Miller battled with Kelly step for step as he tossed seven innings as well, conceding a run on just four hits and a walk. Unfortunately, Miller was unable to pick up a victory despite throwing one of his best games of the season.

What’s Next: Adam Wainwright (13-6, 2.26 ERA) looks to bounce back from a rough outing when he faces Brandon Workman (1-4, 4.08 ERA) and the Red Sox in tomorrow night’s series finale.

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