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Cardinals' playoff effort gets a boost when umpires refuse to review controversial game-winning play

Cardinals' playoff effort gets a boost when umpires refuse to review controversial game-winning play

The St. Louis Cardinals are a game behind San Francisco for the final National League playoff spot with three games to play in. They’re in a pretty tough spot, but it could have been worse.

At the very least, the Cardinals should not have beaten the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, on Yadier Molina’s two-out double in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night. The ball bounced in left field and clearly hit a sign beyond the wall before returning to play, which is considered a ground rule double at Busch Stadium.

So rather than scoring the game-winning run from first base, Matt Carpenter should have been stopped at third and the game would have remained tied.

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