Ponce de Leon scores first win as starter, pilots Cardinals to doubleheader split with Brewers

It took a pitcher who has been off and on the roster almost as many times as he’s been asked to make a pivotal start to throw the Cardinals right to the brink of a postseason berth.Shut out in Game 1 of a doubleheader Friday night against Milwaukee, the Cardinals got shutout innings from Daniel Ponce de Leon to guide them to a 9-1 victory at Busch Stadium and a split. Ponce de Lone took a no-hitter through five innings until a solo homer snapped it.Ponce de Leon pitched six innings and struck out six.“Every game I’m trying to go out and throw a no-hitter,” Ponce de Leon said.The Cardinals won …

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