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Rapid Reaction: Cards 4, Cubs 3 (F/12)

ST. LOUIS –- The Cubs lost 4-3 to the Cardinals in 12 innings on Tuesday night. Here’s a quick look:

How it happened: Justin Grimm walked two in the bottom of the 12th inning before Greg Garcia won the game when Grimm hit him with a pitch with the bases loaded. The Cubs tied the game at 3 with two outs in the ninth as Emilio Bonifacio drove in Junior Lake. The Cardinals took their first lead in the sixth inning as relievers Carlos Villanueva and Wesley Wright couldn’t hold a 2-1 advantage. A fielder’s choice by Matt Carpenter and an RBI single by Jhonny Peralta tied and then put St. Louis ahead. Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run off of Adam Wainwright to open the scoring in the third inning. The Cardinals got one back in the bottom of the inning on an infield hit by Matt Adams, scoring Matt Holliday, who had walked. Peralta fell down running the bases and was eventually tagged out, otherwise St. Louis would have scored more in the third.

Jake Arrieta was taken out after four innings and 82 pitches as he continues to build up arm strength after just three starts this season. He’s thrown very well in two of them -– though he walked five on Tuesday –- as he’s shut down the Cardinals offense twice now.

What it means: Arrieta is progressing as planned. He had five strikeouts; his off-speed stuff was working. You don’t like to see him walk two batters to open an inning after his team takes a 2-0 lead, though. It made for a long third inning. But the results were pretty good for just his third start, and he limited the damage –- with a little help from Peralta’s baserunning issue. Grimm is having issues, there is no doubt about it. As he put it last time he lost a game, “the struggles this month are real.”

Rick Renteria will look smart for inserting Valbuena in the lineup and sitting Mike Olt, but is Valbuena’s home run more important than Olt’s progression? More importantly, Valbuena could have played second base to keep Olt in the lineup. Darwin Barney followed up his three-hit night on Monday by taking the collar on Tuesday, though he did draw a ninth-inning walk. Olt drew a pinch-hit walk in the seventh.

Wood retaliation: Before the game, Renteria was asked if he thought the Cardinals purposely retaliated during Monday’s game after starter Travis Wood plunked two batters in the fifth inning. Wood was beaned to lead off the sixth.

“Those are your words. I didn’t see anything wrong yesterday,” Renteria said with a smile.

What’s next: Game 3 of the four-game series takes place on Wednesday night when Jason Hammel (4-1, 2.45) faces Michael Wacha (2-3, 2.85).