Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boggs Bounces Back with First Save in Years

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boggs Bounces Back with First Save in Years

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SAN FRANCISCO There is a significant difference between the previous time Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs had a lease on the ninth inning and now that he's back in the closing job.

He knew he'd get another chance this time.

Three days after blowing the save in his first opportunity of the season, Boggs pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to cinch the Cardinals' 6-3 victory against San Francisco at AT&T Park. The save was his first as the fill-in for Jason Motte, who is on the disabled list, and it was Boggs' first since a four-save audition in early 2011.

"It's not the situation this time around," Boggs said. "I was champing at the bit to get back out there today, especially against (the Giants). I don't care how big the lead is or how small the lead is these guys won't go away. To go out there and shut the door on these guys is good because they've shown they're as good as it gets in this game."

Boggs retired three of the four batters he faced, and he caught Andres Torres looking at a called strike three for his only strikeout.

The inning was his first appearance since Wednesday's 16-inning loss at Arizona. Boggs had a one-run lead to preserve in the 12th inning of that game. The first batter he faced got a base hit and Boggs hit the second batter to ruin the inning. Boggs earned the first crack at being the Cardinals' interim closer with a club- record 34 holds last season as the eighth-inning setup for Motte. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has stressed to Boggs that his approach shouldn't change because the inning has and neither should his response to ruptured outings.

"This is exactly what he did last year," Matheny said. "There are a lot of times the eighth inning can even be more difficult. Just come in and pitch. Don't make too much of this. If he had a rough one in the eighth last year, he'd do the exact thing the next time. He doesn't have to be nastier because he's throwing in the ninth now."

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