Zambrano's outing ended one pitch after Rolen's homer when he
hit Jim Edmonds for a second time and was ejected.
"He's an emotional guy," Rolen said of Zambrano. "But I don't
believe what went on the field tonight outside of baseball deserves
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa did have some words to share,
"I don't care what the rivalry is, what the circumstance is,
what the standings are, you are not allowed to cross the line in
this game and their pitcher crossed it twice," LaRussa said.
"It was pretty clear."
The Cardinals homered three times and won for the 12th time in
14 games this month to increase their NL Central lead over the Cubs
to nine games.
Zambrano (9-5) hit Edmonds with a pitch in the first to load the
bases. Then the young Cubs All-Star became angered when Edmonds
homered in the fourth and hesitated before leaving the plate to
admire the flight of the ball.
As Edmonds neared home plate, Zambrano began yelling in the
direction of the Cardinals' star.
"I just told him to run the bases and don't try to be cocky,"
Seconds later, Cubs catcher Michael Barrett began jawing with
someone in the Cardinals' dugout and had to be restrained by home
plate umpire Joe Brinkman.
The benches emptied briefly, but order was restored quickly and
no punches were thrown.
"I have a job to do and that's to protect my pitcher. And when
I was looking over the dugout one of their players asked me what I
was looking at," Barrett said, declining to identify the Cardinals
"I just got a little irritated by that. ... Unfortunately I
didn't react the way I probably could have. I sort of erupted. In
the heat of the moment unfortunately those things happen."
Rolen's two-out homer in the eighth broke a 3-all tie. Then
Zambrano, who allowed five hits and five runs in his 7 2-3 innings,
plunked Edmonds for the second time.
"I didn't try to hit him. I just tried to make my pitch and the
ball went out of my hand," Zambrano said.
Earlier, after striking Edmonds out on three pitches in the
sixth, Zambrano wagged his finger at Edmonds as he walked away from
Chris Carpenter (10-4) got his 10th victory and fourth of the
season against the Cubs, allowing 12 hits and four runs in eight
Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27
"It was an emotional game. It began because who we were playing
in the series," Carpenter said of the long and heated rivalry
between the two teams.
"My job is to go out there and not concern myself with what is
going on around me. I was able to do that."
With the game tied at 3, Tony Womack walked to start the eighth
and made it to third on a passed ball and a sacrifice. After Albert
Pujols fanned, Rolen hit his 20th homer of the season, giving him
When Zambrano hit Edmonds with the next pitch, Brinkman
immediately ejected him.
Sammy Sosa grounded out in the eighth and as he made his way to
the dugout stopped at the mound and said something to Carpenter.
What did Sosa say? "Nothing," Carpenter said. Sosa wasn't
available for comment.
Moises Alou then hit a homer to bring the Cubs within 5-4.
Edgar Renteria's solo shot put the Cards up 3-0 in the fifth but
the Cubs rallied to tie in the bottom of the inning on Mark
Grudzielanek's sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Alou.
Cards' right fielder Reggie Sanders threw out Aramis Ramirez at
the plate in the sixth after he'd doubled and tried to score on
Barrett's bloop single.
^Notes:@ The Cards now lead the season series 10-8. The teams meet
for a final time this season Tuesday. ... The Cards are a major
league-best 30-16 on the road.
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