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Thursday, April 18, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals: Edward Mujica picks up save in Cardinals 4-3 win over Phillies

The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen has been terrible all season long. Mitchell Boggs has been ineffective in his stint as closer and 22-year old phenom Trevor Rosenthal has struggled in his set-up role. On Thursday night in Philadelphia, manager Mike Matheny turned to Edward Mujica to close out the game and despite putting himself in a jam, Mujica was able to close the door as the Cardinals beat the Phillies 4-3.

Adam Wainwright got the start on the hill for the Cardinals and the ace was stellar. Coming off a complete game shutout in his last outing, Wainwright was on cruise control through five innings, shutting out the Phillies before getting tagged for a pair of runs in the sixth inning.

Wainwright ended the night pitching seven innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking nobody. Wainwright picked up the win and is now 3-1 on the season.

After that, the bullpen took over. Matheny gave Rosenthal the ball once again in the eighth inning and once again, Rosenthal struggled. After allowing Ryan Howard and Michael Young to reach base, Matheny pulled Rosenthal for Mujica, who promptly got out of the inning.

Mujica did have his own problems in the ninth by creating a second and third with one out situation. Mujica got out of it by striking out Jimmy Rollins before forcing Freddy Galvis into a ground out to close the door on the victory. It was Mujica's first save of the season.

Offensively, the Cardinals were powered by Carlos Beltran go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning. Yadier Molina also doubled home two runs in the fourth inning and shortstop Pete Kozma drove in David Freese with a sacrifice fly.

Molina finished the night with three hits and Beltran had two.

The Cardinals are now 9-6 on the season as they continue their four-game set with the Phillies in Philadelphia.