SAN FRANCISCO — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny refused to point to a pregame team meeting as being the inspiration for his ballclub's ninth-inning comeback.
First baseman Matt Adams pointed out the playoff-type atmosphere of the game, while Stephen Piscotty noted his team's matter-of-fact approach.
Whatever it was, St. Louis gave its postseason hopes a big boost.
Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly that capped a two-run ninth inning and the Cardinals rallied for a key win in their playoff chase, beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Saturday night.
The Cardinals further tightened the NL wild-card race — the Giants and Mets are tied for the top two spots, with St. Louis trailing by two games.
"Just some great at-bats late," Matheny said. "A lot of different guys jumped in and made it happen. We needed it."