Cardinals plate 2 in 9th to edge Giants

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."


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