Hours after he fired the fastball that forced extra innings on the Cardinals and cost them a victory, closer Jason Motte was still bringing the heat.

"I'm a fastball pitcher," Motte told a throng of reporters gathered around his locker to ask about his fourth blown save of the season. "It's one of those things where (the hitter is) not sitting on anything. I had guys sit on (the fastball) and pop it right up. It's not the pitch. You can't throw fastballs? That's absurd. I'm going to keep throwing fastballs. I threw some off-speed pitches that inning as well. I'm going to continue to throw fastballs. I'm not going to go out there and all of a sudden become a curveball/knuckleball guy. You can go ahead and put that wherever you want."

As Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals ambled toward five hours in length, there was plenty of time to talk about and debate Motte's pitch selection to Billy Butler in the bottom of the ninth inning. Down to the final strike of what could have been a 2-1 victory at Busch Stadium, Motte fired a 99-mph fastball that Butler deposited over the wall to tie the game. It was the ninth fastball that Motte threw in the inning. He threw 15 pitches in the inning, and 14 were fastballs.