Wednesday, October 10, 2012

STL TODAY: WORTHY KOZ: Rookie's blast lifts Cards

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WASHINGTON • The nation's capital has been waiting 79 years for a playoff game that turned out be dominated by two Cardinals who had a month or less in the majors to prepare for it.

In his fourth start since returning from supposed season-ending surgery, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Thrown into the starting role at shortstop in September, just a few months after being marginalized as a utility player in Class AA, Pete Kozma homered to spark what became an 8-0 rout for the Cardinals on Wednesday at Nationals Park.

Kozma joined the Cardinals on August 31. Carpenter returned from the disabled list on Sept. 21.

D.C. hadn't seen postseason baseball since Oct. 7 ... 1933.

The Cardinals have outscored ...

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