MLB: St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 2 (11 inn.)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The first major league hit by Adron Chambers put St. Louis in front during a two-run 11th inning Friday and the Cardinals held on to defeat Philadelphia 4-2.

St. Louis prevented the Phillies from clinching the National League East title, but Philadelphia's magic number was reduced to one when Atlanta was crushed by the New York Mets.


A lone Philadelphia win or Atlanta loss the rest of the way will give the Phillies their fifth straight division crown. They have already clinched no worse than a wild-card playoff berth.

Philadelphia tied it at 2-2 in the ninth on an RBI double from Carlos Ruiz, but the Cardinals broke through against Michael Schwimer (1-1) in the 11th.

Rafael Furcal led off the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third by Corey Patterson. After Albert Pujols was walked intentionally, Chambers came up for his second at-bat in the majors.

Chambers, called up from Class AAA Memphis this week, singled to right to drive in Furcal and Tyler Greene followed with a double that scored Pujols. Chambers was thrown out at home on the play.


The win went to Kyle McClellan (12-6), who retired the side in the 10th inning. Fernando Salas gave up a one-out single in the 11th, but went on to grab his 24th save.

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