Controversial walk-off keeps Cardinals in playoff contention

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are still in playoff contention thanks to a controversial call during their matchup against the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night.

With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Yadier Molina hit a long ball that bounced off a sign above the left-field wall and back into play. Some say that should have been a ground rule double, holding St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter at third base. But instead, Carpenter kept going and slid in to home plate, scoring the winning run.

Reds manager Bryan Price ran after the umpires to try and challenge the call, but they left the field as soon as Carpenter touched the plate. After ruling the Reds didn’t request a challenge in time, the play stood as called, and the Cardinals beat the Reds 4-3.

The Cardinals began the day one game behind San Francisco for the second NL wild-card spot and are still in playoff contention.