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Cardinals win 4-1, sweep Nats to close in on title

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 17:17 Published in Sports

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rookie Shelby Miller won his 15th game, and Yadier Molina had the go-ahead hit for the St. Louis Cardinals, who wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals and moved another step closer to the NL Central title with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

Jordan Zimmermann (19-9) missed his only shot at 20 wins, allowing four runs in seven innings. The Nationals had five hits one day after breaking up rookie Michael Wacha's bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning.

Matt Adams hit his eighth home run since replacing injured Allen Craig and doubled for the Cardinals, who led the Pirates by 2 1/2 games with three games to go. The Reds lost 1-0 to the Mets on Wednesday and were eliminated from the divisional race.

The Cardinals (94-65) are a season-high 29 games above .500 and have a day off before 14-game winner Lance Lynn faces the Cubs on Friday night to open the final series.

Miller (15-9) was wild high early and walked two of the first three hitters to set up Bryce Harper's RBI single. The Nationals had no other runners in scoring position against the 22-year-old Miller, who allowed a run in six-plus innings and beat them for the second time this season.

Rookie Trevor Rosenthal saved all three games and struck out Adam LaRoche to cap a perfect ninth.

Zimmermann had won his previous four appearances and had been coming off a two-hit shutout of Miami. But he is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA in six career starts against St. Louis, and lost Game 2 of the NL division series last fall.

Daniel Descalso doubled leading off the third and scored on Matt Carpenter's groundout to tie it. Zimmermann hit Matt Holliday to open the fourth, and Adams doubled ahead of Molina's two-run single that made it 3-1.

Adams hit his 17th homer on a 1-2 pitch in the sixth.

The Cardinals were 15-2 against the NL East and swept Miami and Philadelphia.

NOTES: Zimmermann has 43 career wins, one shy of the Nationals' franchise record held by Livan Hernandez. ... Miller leads all rookies with 15 wins, also the most by a Cardinals rookie since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967. ... Lynn (14-10, 4.09) faces Travis Wood (9-11, 2.98) on Friday. Stephen Strasburg (7-9, 3.02) gets his final start on Friday at Arizona against Patrick Corbin (14-7, 3.28).

Lawyer implicated in more bank robberies

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:15 Published in Local News

A 64-year-old Wentzville man with a law degree from Washington University, who is already in jail for allegedly robbing a bank and shooting a state trooper, is now a suspect in up to six other bank robberies. Warren J. Gladders is charged with robbing the First Bank in Dutzow, Mo., on Friday, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a search of his home after the robbery found evidence of the other crimes.  That evidence was turned over to the FBI, which is leading the investigation. Gladders' attorney, Brad Kessler, declined comment, saying he had not yet had a chance to speak to his client.

 

Charges filed in fatal Forest Park shooting

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:07 Published in Local News

Charges have been filed against two men after an attempted holdup in Forest Park Monday night led to a fatal shooting. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office has filed second-degree murder and armed robbery charges against Joshua Hunter and Jamaal Robinson. Both are 20 years old. Hunter and Robinson were with 18 year old Antonio Nash Monday night when they approached a man and his female friend who were jogging near the Grand Basin at about 11:15.  The man happened to be an off-duty St. Charles County sheriff's deputy. After being threatened and seeing that the suspects were armed, the deputy used his service weapon to shoot all three robbers. Nash died from his wounds and Hunter and Robinson are hospitalized. The joggers were not injured.  A St. Louis homicide investigation continues and an internal investigation by the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will be conducted when the St. Louis police have completed their inquiries.  Police say the deputy appeared to be justified in using lethal force. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

 

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