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Michael Wacha Flirts With No-No; Cards Shut Out Nats

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha came within one out of the first Cardinals no-hitter in 12 years in the Redbirds’ win over the Washington Nationals, 2-0.

With two outs in the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman hit a slow chop behind the mound that was fielded by Pete Kozma, but his throw to first was wide with Matt Adams missing the tag for an infield single.

Wacha had retired the first 14 batters before a Matt Carpenter error in the fifth inning. The former Texas A&M Aggie struck out nine and walked two, coming out after 8 2/3 innings.

The Cardinals scored their runs on RBIs by Shane Robinson in the third and Yadier Molina in the fourth.

St. Louis lowered its magic number to three with the win, and can sweep Washington with a matinee Wednesday. Coverage begins on KTGR at 6:20 PM.

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