ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha lost his no-hit bid on Ryan
Zimmerman's infield single with two outs in the ninth inning, and St. Louis beat
the Washington Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night to close in on the NL Central title.
Making his ninth career start, Wacha came about as close as possible to
finishing off the third no-hitter in the majors this season. Instead, he became
the third pitcher to have a bid broken up with one out to go.
Zimmerman hit a chopper just over Wacha's glove _ the pitcher said he thought
it nicked his mitt _ and the ball bounced slowly toward shortstop. A charging
Pete Kozma grabbed it with his bare hand and whipped a throw to first that was a
little wide, pulling Matt Adams off the bag just as Zimmerman arrived.
The Cardinals and Nationals wrap up their series this afternoon at Busch Stadium
with another great pitching match up. Shelby Miller (14-9) starts for St. Louis
while Washington sends Jordan Zimmermann (19-8) to the mound. Game time is 12:45
with the pre-game at 12:10 on KTLO-AM.
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