Big momentum swing costly for Cardinals

Updated: October 7, 2012, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals had the right guys up and were ready to break open their playoff opener against the Washington Nationals.

Three pitches later, the course of Game 1 had changed. And soon, the defending World Series champion Cardinals had let their big chance slip away in a 3-2 loss Sunday.

The Cardinals led 2-1 in the seventh inning and were poised to get more with the bases loaded and nobody out. Cleanup hitter Allen Craig, who led the National League with a .400 ...

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