Cardinals 4, Braves 3
Atlanta rookie closer Craig Kimbrel had not walked two batters in the same game since June 14. He had not allowed a run for even longer, stretching back 38 appearances to June 11. He did both in the ninth at Busch Stadium. Brought in to close a 3-1 lead that would have radically altered the race, Kimbrel walked two Cardinals and loaded the bases for Albert Pujols. The Cardinals' first baseman delivered a two-run, two-out base hit just inside the first-base line to force extra innings. Nick Punto won the game with a sacrifice fly. "If we win that game, that does a lot of good and that probably propels us forward during the rest of the season," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said this spring. "We walked two guys. In front of Albert Pujols. With two outs. I mean, it's like that hasn't happened all year. It really, really changed the tone of that entire series."
Of note: During the celebration on the field, teammates rip the jersey from Punto's torso, thus taking his "Shredder" persona public for the first time. Punto had spent the season sneaking up on teammates and ripping dress shirts, collar to belly button. He called himself, "The Shredder." In the clubhouse, Punto announced: "Our season is not over."