Here’s a quick look at the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.
How it happened: Yadier Molina's single to right field off Rafael Dolis drove in Matt Holliday with the winning run in the ninth inning for the Cardinals, who erased three Cubs' leads on the day. The Cubs built a 3-0 lead, and the Cardinals answered with three runs. The Cardinals went up 4-3, and the Cubs fought back to tie the game. The Cubs took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, and the Cardinals came back again. Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals the game’s final lead with a solo home run in the eighth inning. But Alfonso Soriano brought the Cubs back with his first home run of the season, tying the game at 6 in the ninth inning. Bryan LaHair also played a big part in the Cubs’ offense, hitting his 10th home run of the season. Cubs starter Paul Maholm wasn’t as stellar as he’s been lately, but he did leave the game with the lead before the bullpen squandered it. James Russell and Kerry Wood also allowed a run in relief for the Cubs.
What it means: The Cubs split the two-game series with the Cardinals. The Cubs fell to six games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central standings.
Outside the box: Seven of LaHair’s home runs have either tied the game or put the Cubs in the lead this season. Seven of his homers have also been solo shots.
Up next: The Cubs return home Wednesday and begin a two-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56) will start for the Cubs, and Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) will go for the Phillies in the 7:05 p.m. start.