Rookie Matt Carpenter hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Cardinals to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
David Freese walked to lead off the inning off Jefferson City native Sam LeCure (0-1). Tyler Greene came in as a pinch-runner and advanced on a sacrifice by Yadier Molina. After an intentional walk, left-handed reliever Bill Bray entered and walked Daniel Descalso to load the bases for Carpenter.
“Bases loaded, chance to win a ballgame as a pinch-hitter, that’s a situation you want to be in,” Carpenter said. “I mean, my heart was pumping a little bit. As a hitter, you dream of it. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s lot more fun when you pull it off. With Tyler at third, you don’t have to crush it all the way to the wall. Things are working out.”