The setting and the situation were so similar, Pete Kozma couldnt

WASHINGTON -- The setting and the situation were so similar, Pete Kozma couldnt help but recall what happened six months ago. Pas cher Nike Free Run . "I can think of one game," he said, more mischief in his words than in his deadpan facial expression. With two runners on, No. 8 hitter Kozma came to bat for St. Louis in a tight game against the Washington Nationals, the Cardinals pitcher on deck. When that happened the last time these teams played a game that counted, it was Oct. 12, in Game 5 of an NL division series, and Washington pitched to Kozma, who delivered a go-ahead, two-run single. On Monday night, the Nationals chose to intentionally walk Kozma -- something some fans surely wished the Nationals had done the other time -- and reliever Craig Stammen struck out Shelby Miller to end the inning. Earlier in the sixth, Yadier Molina drove in the tiebreaking run for St. Louis, backing Millers strong start, and the Cardinals beat the Nationals 3-2. "Before the game, I got to thinking about it a little bit here and there," Kozma said. He was booed during pregame introductions and again when his name was announced before his first plate appearance, in the third inning. He singled to right in that at-bat, the ball landing not too far from where his go-ahead hit landed in October. This time, it was part of a two-run inning, with Kozma and Matt Carpenter coming home on Allen Craigs double off the wall for a 2-0 lead. When Kozma came up for the final time Monday, in the ninth, he was the first batter faced by -- guess who? -- Drew Storen, who was Washingtons closer on Oct. 12. The Nationals led 6-0 after three innings that day, and were still ahead 7-5 with two outs in the top of the ninth, before Storen gave up a tying hit to Daniel Descalso and Kozmas hit that made it 9-7 and ended the Nationals season. After striking out Kozma on Monday, Storen got pinch-hitter Descalso to pop out to third base. "All of that did flash before my mind when it was all coming up," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. Storen, by the way, said October, the Cardinals and Kozma were not in his thoughts at all. "If it was," he said, "I shouldnt be out there." Miller (3-1) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings, giving up two runs and four hits. "Hes got a different look than the majority of the guys we have on our staff, and a lot of other guys in the league. Hes keeping people off balance with that," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "You cant go out there and try and teach somebody deception, necessarily," Matheny added. "The ball just comes out of his hand a little different." Edward Mujica pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save, and with Mitchell Boggs having blown two of four save chances, Matheny said hell figure out his bullpen roles game by game. All the Cardinals runs came against Dan Haren (1-3), who allowed six hits in five-plus innings. "I gave us a chance until the fifth," Haren said. "Then I got into a mess." In a span of three pitches. Haren plunked the innings first batter, Matt Holliday, and then served up first-pitch singles to Carlos Beltran and Molina, putting St. Louis ahead 3-2. Haren then walked David Freese, loading the bases with no outs, and was done. In came righty reliever Craig Stammen, who got Jon Jay to ground into a 3-2-3 double play before the walk to Kozma and strikeout of Miller. Miller departed after walking Kurt Suzuki to put two on with two outs in the seventh. Joe Kelly came on to face pinch-hitter Chad Tracy, who sent a sinking shot to right-centre but Jay raced over to make a nice grab. The Nationals didnt score against relievers Trevor Rosenthal or Mujica, either, and now have lost seven of their last 10 games, averaging only 3.3 runs in that span. "Were just in a rut," Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "Lot of quick innings. Not a ton of baserunners. And five, six guys that arent swinging the bat real good. When it rains, it pours." NOTES: Cardinals 1B Matt Adams was removed from the lineup after feeling soreness in his right side during batting practice. ... The Cardinals have alternated wins and losses over their last nine games. ... Washington closer Rafael Soriano was away from the team because his wife gave birth. ... Washington 3B Anthony Rendon, called up from Double-A Harrisburg over the weekend to fill in while Ryan Zimmerman is on the DL, had his first major league hit and RBI -- doubling to right-centre to make it 2-all in the fourth. 23:42ET 22-04-13 nike free run 5.0 femme . Vargas struck out seven in seven innings to end the Indians four-game winning streak and give Seattle a 4-1 win Wednesday night. nike free run 5.0 . -- Kaitlyn Lawes was given a tremendous opportunity in 2010 when she joined an experienced and successful Winnipeg rink skipped by Jennifer Jones.COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Blue Jackets signed centre Boone Jenner and goaltender Shawn Hunwick on Wednesday. Jenner received a three-year, entry-level contract, and Hunwick agreed to an amateur tryout contract and will serve as the backup to Allen York for Wednesdays game against the Detroit Red Wings. Goaltender Steve Mason suffered an upper body injury during the mornning skate and is listed as day to day, forcing the Hunwick transaction. nike free run 2. Jenner, 18, is playing his third season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He has 22 goals and 49 points in 43 games. Hunwick, 22, just completed his senior season at the University of Michigan, where he posted a 24-12-3 record with a 2.00 goals-against average. ' ' '

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