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Cardinals nudge Phillies in 12th, win 6-5

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a night when Cardinals rookie Oscar Taveras, who was benched a couple of days for inattentive and indifferent baserunning, toured the bases like Lou Brock and Ozzie Smith rolled into one.

It was a night when the Cardinals' bullpen was both awful and stunning in the same inning and then just as good for the next hour and a half. And it was a night when Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere kicked a ball over the wall, costing the Cardinals a potential triple by Kolten Wong.

In the end, it was a night when the Cardinals finally nudged across a run in the 12th inning and Matt Holliday made a dazzling running catch in the bottom half to preserve a 6-5 win that moved them one-half game off the Milwaukee Brewers' lead in the National League Central Division race.

Trevor Rosenthal, though committing an error in the 12th -- he didn't walk anybody -- gained his 38th save.

The Cardinals had the better chances all night but cashed in the last one in the 12th, sparked by another pinch hit walk from Daniel Descalso, who has had three in his last nine plate appearances as a pinch hitter. Jon Jay sacrificed and Peter Bourjos, who was deprived of an infield hit on a challenged call in the 10th, beat out another high hopper to short without a throw.

Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly to left scored Descalso and made a winner out of Seth Maness, who pitched brilliantly out of the bullpen, as did Sam Freeman and, especially Pat Neshek after Randy Choate had encountered turbulence in the eighth when the Phillies tied the score at 5.

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