Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

April 23, 2013

Molina, Miller lead Cardinals past Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yadier Molina drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, backing Shelby Miller’s strong start Monday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals returned to the site of their Game 5 NL division series victory last season with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

The other big hit for St. Louis was Allen Craig’s two-run double in the third.

Miller (3-1) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.

All the Cardinals’ runs came against Dan Haren (1-3), who gave up three runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

Edward Mujica pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save. The Cardinals have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games.

Washington has lost seven of 10.

The last time these teams played in Washington was Oct. 12, in Game 5 of an NLDS, when the Nationals led 6-0 after three innings and were still ahead 7-5 with two outs in the top of the ninth. But with then-closer Drew Storen on the mound, Washington allowed St. Louis to rally for four runs and a 9-7 victory that ended the Nationals’ season.

The last two runs scored on a hit by Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma, who was booed during pregame introductions Monday and again when his name was announced before his first plate appearance, in the third inning.

He singled to right in that at-bat, the ball landing not too far from where his go-ahead hit landed in October. This time, it was part of a two-run inning, with Kozma and Matt Carpenter coming home on Craig’s double off the wall for a 2-0 lead.

Storen appeared in Monday’s game, too, coming in to throw the ninth with Washington down by a run. And wouldn’t you know it? The leadoff hitter was Kozma, although this time he struck out looking. Next up for Storen was pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso, whose two-run hit tied Game 5. Storen got him to pop out to third Monday, part of a 1-2-3 inning.

Text Only
Sports
  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • MTV-Flora boys tennis Rams edge Flora

    The Rams tennis matchup against Flora on Thursday came down to the final match.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Salem tennis Rams sweep Salem

    The Rams tennis team swept past Salem 9-0 Wednesday.

    It was the opening match of the season for Mt. Vernon after three cancelations to start the year under first year boys coach Randy Knox.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Carmi softball Carmi downs Woodlawn

    Carmi-White County jumped out early in an 11-3 win over the host Lady Cardinals on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Odin softball Woodlawn tops Odin

    The Lady Cardinals used late offense to put Tuesday's softball matchup with Odin out of reach.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Breese Central girls soccer Breese Central drops Mt. Vernon

    A trio of first-half goals were enough for Breese Central to top the Lady Rams soccer team 3-1 Monday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Claire Ryan signing Lady Rams guard signs with Welch

    Claire Ryan has functioned like a coach on the basketball court the past several seasons for the Lady Rams.

    Ryan, who has been the team's point guard the past two years, signed with Welch College in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Carbondale baseball Rams rally for win

    The Rams baseball team scored a pair of late runs to beat Carbondale 6-5 Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Carbondale softball Lady Rams fall to Lady Terriers

    The Lady Rams softball team knocked out several hits but could never string together a solid rally in a 9-0 loss to Carbondale on Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon boys track Rams win quad meet

    Robert Grider etched his name in the Rams track and field record book Wednesday.

    The senior sprinter broke the 200 meter school record and tied the 100 meter mark in Mt. Vernon's win over Marion, Salem and Carbondale.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports