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Walker's RBI grounder in 14th helps Cubs beat Cards

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- After a miserable May, the Chicago Cubs began the new month on a good note. Even if it took them more than five hours.

Todd Walker's RBI grounder scored Juan Pierre with the go-ahead run in the 14th inning, lifting the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Closer Ryan Dempster (1-3) worked 2 1/3 innings and Pierre had three hits for the Cubs, who were an abysmal 7-22 in May.

"Rarely do you come in here and win a game like that," manager Dusty Baker said. "Hopefully the worm has turned and this is the way to start off June.

"It was a hard-fought game by both sides."

Scott Rolen had three hits for the Cardinals, including a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning after Albert Pujols was walked intentionally to load the bases. But a fielding error by the six-time Gold Glove third baseman allowed the Cubs to score a pair of unearned runs off Jason Isringhausen to tie it in the ninth.

"I'm just thinking field the ball, and my reaction was up, and in retrospect I wish my reaction was down," Rolen said. "I don't have an excuse for a ball that goes between your legs in the ninth inning."

Manager Tony La Russa said he didn't know what happened on the play.

"I didn't ask him," La Russa said. "Errors are part of the game. As many great plays as he makes, that happens in baseball."

Walker's routine bases-loaded grounder went between the Rolen's legs with one out in the ninth, allowing two runs to score to tie it at 4.

"This is one of the weirdest nights I've ever had in baseball," Walker said.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the 10th and 12th, coming up empty both times with David Eckstein making the last out. He lined out to third off Scott Eyre to end the 10th and bounced out against Dempster (1-3) to end the 12th.

"It was right at him," Eckstein said of the 10th-inning liner. "You've got to find a way to come through, and I didn't."

Light-hitting Yadier Molina matched his career high with four hits for the Cardinals, raising his average to .196. However, Pujols was 1-for-6 for the Cardinals, who are 13-13 against the NL Central after going 51-29 against the division last year.

Pierre doubled off Josh Hancock (1-2), the last St. Louis pitcher and starting his fourth inning, to start the 14th. He advanced on Neifi Perez' sacrifice and Barrett was walked intentionally before Walker, who was 0-for-7, hit a sharp grounder to first to allow Pierre to score without a play.

"He was 0-for-7?" Baker said. "Oh my God, I've never seen anything like that."

Hancock has thrown 29 innings in 21 appearances, although he was a starter with the Reds in 2004.

"I was the last guy in the bullpen so I was going to take it until we won or lost," Hancock said of Pierre's double. "I wasn't tired, I just made one mistake and he hit it."

The Cardinals had a season-high 19 hits, but were hampered by a depleted bench, with Jim Edmonds unavailable due to an abdominal injury that could land him on the 15-day disabled list and Scott Spiezio at home due to illness for the second straight game.

"We played 14 innings and we had several chances to win it," La Russa said. "That isn't why we got beat."

Jacque Jones homered for the third straight game and had three hits for the Cubs, who also got three-hit games from Michael Barrett and Ronny Cedeno. Pierre's RBI single in the fifth was his fifth of the season, but third in five games.

Jones led off the fifth with his 10th homer, and second off Sidney Ponson, and the Cubs added another run in the inning on Pierre's one-out RBI single.

The Cardinals cut the gap to a run in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by So Taguchi, who got the game-winning hit in an 11-inning victory over the Astros on Wednesday.

Aaron Miles' sacrifice fly off Scott Williamson made it 4-2 in the eighth.

Notes

  • New St. Louis Rams coach Scott Linehan threw out the first pitch to Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis.
  • Cubs RHP Mark Prior, rehabbing from a shoulder injury, makes his second rehab start on Saturday for Class A Peoria.
  • A crowd of 45,799, the largest at new Busch Stadium, continues the Cardinals' streak of all sellouts at the ballpark.
  • Eckstein leads the NL with 24 multihit games after going 2-for-7.
  • Barrett is 10-for-24 against St. Louis pitching with three homers and 10 RBIs.
  • Matt Murton was 0-for-3 after going 10-for-23 during a seven-game hitting streak. He's 2-for-23 against the Cardinals.
  • Pujols has 12 intentional walks, second-most in the majors behind Barry Bonds' 21.
 
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Todd Walker's RBI single in the ninth inning ties the score -- he drives in the winning run in the 14th.  (AP)
Todd Walker's RBI single in the ninth inning ties the score -- he drives in the winning run in the 14th. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

S. Rolen
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF7131001
Tony Womack, 2B3010103
   a- Phil Nevin, PH0000100
    Neifi Perez, PR-2B1100000
Michael Barrett, C5030212
Todd Walker, 1B7001003
Aramis Ramirez, 3B5010212
Jacque Jones, RF5131013
    David Aardsma, P0000000
    Scott Eyre, P1000000
    Ryan Dempster, P1000012
Matt Murton, LF3000012
   b- John Mabry, PH-LF^RF2010100
Ronny Cedeno, SS6130002
Sean Marshall, P3000022
    Bob Howry, P0000000
    Scott Williamson, P0000000
    Will Ohman, P0000000
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000
   c- Freddie Bynum, PH-LF3110011
Totals5251637823 
a-walked for Womack in the 9th
b-walked for Murton in the 8th
c-singled for Novoa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (, Hancock), Michael Barrett (, Ponson)
HR - Jacque Jones (, Ponson)
SH - Neifi Perez ()
RBI - Juan Pierre (), Todd Walker (), Jacque Jones ()
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre ()
CS - Tony Womack (, 2nd base by Ponson/Molina), Ronny Cedeno (, Home by Flores/Molina), Freddie Bynum (, 2nd base by Thompson/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-Womack-Walker
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall 6.1822140
Bob Howry (BS,) 0.2211110
Scott Williamson 0.1211000
Will Ohman 0.1000000
Roberto Novoa 0.1000000
David Aardsma 1.2200010
Scott Eyre 2300130
Ryan Dempster (W,-) 2.1200010
IBB - Pujols by Bob Howry, Miles by Scott Eyre
HBP - Perez (by Sean Marshall)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 95-58, Bob Howry 27-16, Scott Williamson 5-4, Will Ohman 3-1, Roberto Novoa 3-2, David Aardsma 27-19, Scott Eyre 41-25, Ryan Dempster 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 9-4, Bob Howry 1-0, David Aardsma 3-1, Scott Eyre 2-1, Ryan Dempster 3-3
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 27, Bob Howry 5, Scott Williamson 3, Will Ohman 1, Roberto Novoa 1, David Aardsma 7, Scott Eyre 10, Ryan Dempster 9
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS7020018
Hector Luna, LF7120002
Albert Pujols, 1B6110132
Scott Rolen, 3B6032102
Juan Encarnacion, RF7010016
So Taguchi, CF7131012
Yadier Molina, C7040004
Aaron Miles, 2B5021112
Sidney Ponson, P2000010
    Randy Flores, P0000000
    Adam Wainwright, P0000000
   a- Timo Perez, PH0100000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000
    Braden Looper, P0000000
   b- John Rodriguez, PH1000001
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000
    Brad Thompson, P0000000
   c- Larry Bigbie, PH1010000
    Josh Hancock, P1000013
   d- Gary Bennett, PH1000011
Totals58419431033 
a-hit by pitch for Wainwright in the 7th
b-flied out for Looper in the 8th
c-singled for Thompson in the 10th
d-struck out for Hancock in the 14th
Batting
2B - Hector Luna (, Howry), Scott Rolen (, Howry)
SF - Aaron Miles ()
RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (), So Taguchi (), Aaron Miles ()
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen 2 (), So Taguchi ()
CS - Hector Luna (, 2nd base by Marshall/Barrett)
Team LOB - 17
Fielding
DP - Eckstein-Pujols, Eckstein, Ponson-Miles-Eckstein-Pujols, Eckstein-Miles-Pujols
PB - Yadier Molina ()
E - Sidney Ponson (, Wild throw), Scott Rolen (, MISPLAYED GROUNDER)
St. Louis Cardinals
Sidney Ponson 6922121
Randy Flores 0.2200110
Adam Wainwright 0.1000000
Tyler Johnson (H,) 0.1000000
Braden Looper (H,) 0.2200100
Jason Isringhausen (BS,) 1120210
Brad Thompson 1100000
Josh Hancock (L,-) 4111240
IBB - Barrett by Josh Hancock, by Ramirez
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 97-56, Randy Flores 14-7, Adam Wainwright 2-2, Tyler Johnson 4-2, Braden Looper 13-6, Jason Isringhausen 20-10, Brad Thompson 16-9, Josh Hancock 56-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 8-5, Adam Wainwright 1-0, Braden Looper 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 3-0, Brad Thompson 1-1, Josh Hancock 7-1
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 25, Randy Flores 4, Adam Wainwright 1, Tyler Johnson 1, Braden Looper 4, Jason Isringhausen 7, Brad Thompson 3, Josh Hancock 15
Game Information
Attendance - 45799
Game Time - 5:04
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike Reilly, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg