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'Kind of bogus'? Cards miffed that umps call game after 7½ innings, ending their comeback bid.

Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Baseball

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals righthander Adam Wainwright had handled the Milwaukee Brewers better than almost any other team he had faced at 16-8 (he is 10-1 against Colorado). And his career earned-run average of 2.33 against the Brewers ranked second to none other than Roger Clemens.

But the Brewers nearly doubled that ERA in one fateful first frame Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. Mike Moustakas' three-run homer, his 31st, on a low 0-2 curveball, capped a four-run inning for the Brewers, who managed to hold off a late Cardinals charge for a 5-3 win in a game that was called by the umpires after 71/2 innings by rain, lightning and the strong possibility of continued rain for several hours.

It was the first rain-shortened game in Busch Stadium III. The delay was 1 hour 6 minutes and the Cardinals, of course, didn't think that was long enough. The umpires called the game at 10:46 p.m.

"Kind of bogus," said shortstop Paul DeJong.

"What can you do? We were ready to play. They felt this coming in and they didn't give us a chance."

But DeJong added, "We had our chances early in the game, though, to tie it up at least. It's over now. Move on -- and hope the Cubs lose."

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Chicago beat San Francisco 12-11 Wednesday to move a half game ahead of the Cardinals into first place in the National League Central Division.

"A series win," said DeJong of the Cardinals taking two of three from Milwaukee. "Kind of bittersweet."

Manager Mike Shildt said he was disappointed not to be able to continue. "Of course. Absolutely," he said. "We wait an hour. Didn't get an opportunity to finish a game we fought and scratched and clawed and felt like we were definitely in and felt really good about winning, quite honestly."

Wainwright said, "We were lucky to play as long we were. We had our chances.

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