Phillies stun Cardinals  with wild 9th-inning rally  to open wild card

Saint Louis The longest current streak in the big leagues was achieved by Jean Segura, whose career spanned 11 seasons and 1,328 games before he at last made it to the postseason.

The second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies hardly slept the night before his first playoff game.

At 7 a.m., he "woke up with adrenaline in my body." As Friday wore on, that edge persisted.

Segura claimed, "I was  mentally focused on every  play and every pitch.

"I simply thank God that everything was on my side. I came prepared to play a game today, and to be able to be here."

The top of the ninth inning saw  the Phillies down a run, the bases loaded, one out, and the St.  Louis Cardinals hurrying to  replace their injured closer.

In the opening game of their best-of-three wild-card series, Segura slipped a grounder through a slightly drawn-in infield, scoring two runs and giving the Phillies  an incredible 6-3 victory.

Putting them in a position to win the right to participate in the National League Division Series.

Jose Quintana's outstanding  effort and Juan Yepez's spectacular pinch-hit home  run helped the Cardinals win.

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