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June 12, 2014

Wacha struggles in Cardinals' 6-3 loss to Rays

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"I'm not sure where they were playing me but when I hit it, I thought initially it was going to be caught, and then I looked up and saw there was a big gap out there," Bourjos said. "And he came out of nowhere and made the play. It was pretty special."

Tampa Bay extended its lead to 6-3 in the seventh on Evan Longoria's RBI single and a sacrifice fly by James Loney.

Molina hit a two-run third-inning single before Matt Carpenter put the Cardinals ahead 3-0 on a run-scoring single in the fourth.

Rays starter Erik Bedard lasted four innings, giving up three runs and eight hits. Juan Carlos Oviedo (2-2) went 1 1-3 inning for the win. Grant Balfour threw the final 2 1-3 innings for his 10th save.

NOTES: The Cardinals are optimistic that ace Adam Wainwright's right elbow discomfort is not a serious issue. He returned to St. Louis for tests . ... Former St. Louis manager and Tampa native Tony La Russa threw the ceremonial first pitch. He will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on July 27. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will make his second rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Durham. He could rejoin the rotation at the end of the month. ... Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was given the neon back entrance sign from Derby Lane track that he drove by daily en route to the ballpark. The track was a favorite haunt of Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, who died last week at 83. "My head is spinning right now," said Maddon, when he first saw the sign outside the clubhouse. ... The Cardinals signed high school pitcher Ronnie Williams, their second-round pick in this year's draft.

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