Game Report: Rays 3, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)

By Rob Rains

One of the historic opinions in baseball is that teams don’t lose by giving up solo homers – but that was exactly what happened on Sunday to the Cardinals.

The Rays hit three homers, all with nobody on base, and the third one in the 10th inning by Logan Morrison gave them the win at Busch Stadium. That homer was Morrison’s second of the game.

All five runs in the game came on solo homers, with the Cardinals coming back from a 2-0 deficit to the tie game on the homers from Kolten Wong in the seventh and Matt Carpenter in the eighth.

It was the second time this season the Cardinals lost a game 3-2 when all three of the opponent’s runs came on solo homers. The other time was against the Cubs on May 12. It was the 10th time in franchise history the Cardinals lost a game giving up three runs with all three runs coming on solo homers.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals had just three hits off Chris Archer through the first 6 1/3 innings before Wong hit his fourth homer of the season … After Archer left, Carpenter hit the second pitch from Dan Jennings for the game-tying homer, his 17th of the season … The Cardinals got runners on first and third with two outs in the eighth before Kolten Wong grounded out to end the threat … Five of the final six outs in the ninth and 10th came on strikeouts … Greg Garcia had three of the Cardinals’ nine hits, two singles and a double … Stephen Piscotty was 0-of-4 and struck out three times. He has just two hits in his last 16 at-bats with eight strikeouts.

On the mound:
The Rays put their leadoff hitter on base in eight of the 10 innings, but the only times that runner scored was on the home runs by Morrison in the fourth and Brad Miller in the seventh … Starter Lance Lynn had not allowed a home run in his last 34 innings at home dating back to July 4 before Morrison hit his 30th of the season … John Brebbia struck out Miller to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth … Morrison’s homer in the 10th came with one out off Sam Tuivailala. All four homers Tuivailala has allowed this season have come in the ninth or 10th inning.

Key stat: This was the sixth time since Aug. 1 the Cardinals had a chance to pick up a game on Chicago following a Cubs’ loss but failed to take advantage of that opening.

Worth noting:
The Cardinals placed Jedd Gyorko on the disabled list before the game after he injured his right hamstring on Saturday night. Both Gyorko and GM Michael Girsch said they hope he will miss only a couple of weeks and did not see it as a season-ending injury … Luke Voit was recalled from Memphis to take Gyorko’s spot on the roster. Girsch said the team expects to add a couple of infielders when the rosters can expand on Friday … The Cardinals had played 53 consecutive games without going to extra innings, since June 27, the ninth longest streak in team history. It was the team’s first extra-inning game at home since May 20 … Girsch said the Cardinals have selected the players they will assign to the Arizona Fall League this fall, pending any last-minute changes. Those rosters are scheduled to be announced by the league on Tuesday.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will be off on Monday before beginning a 10-game, three-city trip on Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Luke Weaver will get the start in that game. The trip will consist of two games against the Brewers followed by four in San Francisco and four in San Diego.

Follow Rob Rains on Twitter @RobRains