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Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals

In his final regular-season home game, David Ross smacks a solo home run to help the Cubs win 3-1 over the Cardinals.

Ross powers Cubs past Cardinals (0:47)

Ross helps Cubs edge Cardinals 3-1

David Ross homered and teamed with Jon Lester for another scoreless performance, and the Chicago Cubs hurt St. Louis' wild-card chances with 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals lost a hard-fought 3-1 game to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Sunday night to slip further back in the wild-card race. They trail the New York Mets by 1 1/2 games and the San Francisco Giants by a half-game with seven games remaining, all at home. Many of the Cardinals key hitters have slumped all month.

David Ross leaves game to standing ovation (0:21)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have had distribution problems all season, which explains why their run differential has been better than their record. In September, it is exacerbated. They have scored 41 of their 88 runs in just four of their 23 games this month, including Saturday's 10-4 win here.



David Ross smacks a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Cubs a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals.

Ross breaks scoreless game with HR (0:31)

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals notice Yadier Molina's impact every season, but MVP voters only take note when Molina puts up impressive offensive numbers. This is one of those seasons. The only times he finished in the top five in MVP voting were 2012 and 2013, when he had OPSes of .874 and .836. At 34, he is having his best season at the plate since then. Molina leads all major league catchers in hits (152) and doubles (35). He is batting .301 overall and .355 (with a .900 OPS) since the All-Star break.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Wrigley Field


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he doesn't yet know if Aledmys Diaz will leave the team at any time to attend Jose Fernandez's funeral. Diaz was scheduled to get Sunday off before the death of his childhood friend, Matheny said.


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Check out the spiral from South Korean right-hander Seung Hwan Oh


Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, a childhood friend and neighbor of Jose Fernandez, was too distraught to speak with reporters, but his friend and fellow Cuban Brayan Pena discussed the blow to Diaz and his family.

Lineup: Cardinals (81-73) at Cubs (98-56)

  • 1. Matt Carpenter, 2B (L)
  • 2. Stephen Piscotty, RF (R)
  • 3. Jhonny Peralta, 3B (R)
  • 4. Brandon Moss, 1B (L)
  • 5. Yadier Molina, C (R)
  • 6. Jedd Gyorko, SS (R)
  • 7. Randal Grichuk, CF (R)
  • 8. Jose Martinez, LF (R)
  • 9. Carlos Martinez, RHP
Stats & Info

Mets' loss is Cardinals', Giants' gain

The Mets nearly rallied back from down 10-0 but ultimately lost 10-8 to the Phillies on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Giants and Cardinals both won, allowing San Francisco to tie New York and St. Louis to remain within a half-game of both teams in the wild-card standings.

Stats & Info

Saturday's longest home runs

Nelson Cruz's monster 454-foot blast at Target Field led the way on Saturday. Kendrys Morales' 433-footer was No. 30 on the year, while Trey Mancini's 432-foot homer was his third in as many career starts. Maikel Franco and Stephen Piscotty round out the list.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals canceled Matt Holliday's live batting practice session Sunday because he felt soreness and inflammation in his right thumb after Friday's session. Now, Holliday will meet with a hand specialist in St. Louis to determine the next step. The Cardinals have just seven games left starting Monday, so his window to return is getting awfully tight.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Alex Reyes discusses his erratic command, but ability to make pitches when he had to in the Cardinals' much-needed win at Wrigley Saturday.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25418th
On Base Percentage.32411th
Slugging Percentage.4394th
Earned Run Average4.0512th
Quality Starts808th

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