With the bases full, pinch-hitter Greg Garcia knew he needed to get hit so he stood in there and took it, earning his first career RBI by taking a two-strike pitch off his right elbow. Jhonny Peralta scored and the Cardinals salvaged a 4-3 win for their first extra inning win of the season and only the second walk-off hit-by-pitch win in franchise history.
“Right there, my instinct was to get hit,” Garcia said. “I wanted to get hit. I knew that meant the game was over. When I saw that pitch coming, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to get hit right there.”
Trevor Rosenthal suffered his first blown save of the season. Up 3-2 in the ninth, the Cards’ closer gave up a one out single and a two out walk. Emilio Bonifacio singled to right to score the tying run, denying Adam Wainwright his NL leading 7th win.
Wainwright pitched much better against the Cubs who have hit him well this year. Minus a two-run homer off him by Luis Valbuena in the third, Wainwright went six innings, striking out four, while giving up seven hits and just one walk.
Seth Maness picked up the win despite giving up a hit and a walk in the 12th. This was the fourth straight game that Maness has pitched.