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Rain delay makes for long night in St. Louis

Royals outlast Cardinals, 4-2

Members of the Kansas City Royals wait along with a few fans for the restart of a baseball game during a rain delay during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night in St. Louis. The game finally ended after 3 a.m. with a 4-2 Royals victory.

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The game moved quickly after that — right up until the top of the ninth inning, with the Royals leading and the rain back in force. Umpire crew chief Joe West had a decision to make.
With the game the last one between the two teams this season, a new rule added this year allowed West to call the game in a decision that would wipe out the top of the ninth and give the Cardinals a 2-1 win, based on the score from the previous completed inning.
West chose to wait out the rain. And wait. And wait some more ...

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