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Pierre's bases-clearing triple lifts Cubs over Cardinals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs traded for Juan Pierre with the hope he would score runs, not drive them in.

They certainly weren't complaining Friday.

Pierre's bases-loaded triple highlighted a six-run fourth inning, and the Cubs capitalized on a key error by St. Louis third baseman Scott Rolen to beat the Cardinals 6-5 in front of a loud, bipartisan crowd at Wrigley Field.

"When I'm able to drive in runs, I get excited," Pierre said. "That's something I don't do too often. A lot of opportunities I've missed out on this year. I'm usually on the other end, scoring runs."

Pierre has picked up seven of his 23 RBI during a 10-game hitting streak that has boosted his average to .281.

Looking for someone to spark their offense, the Cubs acquired Pierre in the offseason from the Florida Marlins. Pierre had a poor first half, but has rebounded to hit .370 in July after bringing a .255 average into the month.

"This is the Juan Pierre we traded for," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He's playing great defense and he's stealing bases and he's getting on base."

The game was tied at 3-3 with two outs in the fourth when Chicago starter Carlos Marmol hit a grounder to Rolen. The six-time Gold Glover looked to second for a force out and then threw high to first, pulling Albert Pujols off the bag, keeping the inning alive and loading the bases for Pierre.

"I made a slight adjustment and I didn't make it very well," said Rolen, who also made a key fielding error in Thursday's 5-4 loss. "That's two in a row. I'd like to nip that."

Pierre, who led off the game with a double, then smacked his eighth triple past first to put the Cubs ahead.

Aramis Ramirez added an RBI triple and John Mabry hit a two-run homer as the Cubs sent 11 hitters to the plate in the inning.

St. Louis' Juan Encarnacion hit a two-run double off Roberto Novoa with the bases loaded in the seventh to make it 6-5.

St. Louis pitcher Jason Marquis (12-8) came into the game leading the National League in wins, but couldn't make it out off the fourth. He gave up six hits, four for extra bases, in the inning.

Marquis gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out one in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

"It's up to the pitcher to pick up the defense," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "I certainly don't look at that inning because there was a throw that was high and whether the umpire got it right or wrong. That's not how I look at that inning."

Marmol (4-4) had trouble with his command for most of the game. After striking out four of the first seven batters, he walked seven before being pulled with two on and one out in the sixth. The rookie right-hander, who was converted to a pitcher in 2003, tied his season high in walks and is averaging 5.8 walks a game over his last five starts.

"He's a survivor. He wants to stay here, certainly," Baker said. "He's walking guys because he doesn't have a consistent arm slot yet. When he gets that, this guy's going to be a very good pitcher."

Ryan Dempster threw a perfect ninth to earn his 19th save in 24 opportunities.

Chicago's Ronny Cedeno appeared to be hit in the right wrist by Braden Looper in the bottom of the eighth inning. The shortstop rolled on the ground in pain, but home plate umpire Ed Montague said Cedeno was trying to swing and he called a strike, Baker said.

The Cubs manager, who came out to check on Cedeno, began arguing with Montague and was ejected for the first time this season.

"I was telling Monty, he didn't try to bunt the ball," Baker said. "The bat was up and that ball was up and in. Clearly he was trying to get out of the way of that ball. The ball hit him and he knew it hit him, but he called it a strike. That's what set me off."

Tempers nearly flared earlier in the game. Ramirez had to be restrained by St. Louis catcher Gary Bennett after Looper hit him on the backside in the seventh. Novoa hit Rolen in the shoulder blade in the top half of the inning. Montague issued warnings to both sides after Ramirez was hit.

"First of all, there wasn't any pitch that was intentional," La Russa said.

The Cardinals scored twice in the third and made it 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Hector Luna.

Notes

  • Marmol is the first Cubs pitcher to walk seven batters and still win since Mike Morgan did it on May 28, 1992, against San Francisco.
  • The Cubs have won six straight against the Cardinals and are 8-3 against them. St. Louis leads the NL Central despite a 21-22 record in the division.
  • The Cubs hit for the cycle in the fourth with two singles, two triples, a double and a home run.
  • Rolen has nine errors this year. He had six in 56 games in 2005 and 10 in 142 games in 2004.
  • The Cardinals are 28-10 in day games and have two more in Chicago in this series. They are 0-8 in Chicago after getting swept at Wrigley Field on April 7-9 and against the White Sox from June 20-22.
 
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Cubs manager Dusty Baker is tossed in the eighth, but Chicago hangs on for the one-run victory.  (AP)
Cubs manager Dusty Baker is tossed in the eighth, but Chicago hangs on for the one-run victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

J. Encarnacion
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Pierre
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS5210000 .299
Chris Duncan, LF3110101 .291
    Braden Looper, P0000000 .500
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .260
Albert Pujols, 1B5011023 .320
Scott Rolen, 3B3000022 .316
Juan Encarnacion, RF2112210 .291
Jim Edmonds, CF4010014 .264
Hector Luna, 2B3011111 .295
Gary Bennett, C1000201 .208
   b- Scott Spiezio, PH1000010 .272
    Yadier Molina, C0000000 .219
Jason Marquis, P1100101 .179
    Josh Kinney, P0000000 .000
   c- John Rodriguez, PH-LF2000010 .305
Totals315647913 
a-grounded out for Looper in the 9th
b-struck out for Bennett in the 8th
c-struck out for Kinney in the 7th
Batting
2B - Albert Pujols (17, Marmol), Juan Encarnacion (18, Novoa), Jim Edmonds (15, Marmol)
RBI - Albert Pujols (87), Juan Encarnacion 2 (57), Hector Luna (21)
2-OUT RBI - Albert Pujols (24), Juan Encarnacion 2 (25)
SB - Juan Encarnacion (4, 2nd base off Marmol/Barrett)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Marquis-Eckstein-Pujols, Pujols-Molina
PB - Gary Bennett (1)
E - Scott Rolen (9, )
St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Marquis (L,12-8) 3.2863111 5.67
Josh Kinney 2.1100030 5.40
Braden Looper 2200100 3.69
HBP - Ramirez (by Braden Looper)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 56-37, Josh Kinney 30-19, Braden Looper 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 7-3, Josh Kinney 1-3, Braden Looper 5-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 20, Josh Kinney 8, Braden Looper 10
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4023101 .281
Todd Walker, 2B4110102 .278
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Michael Barrett, C4000004 .327
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3111001 .269
Jacque Jones, RF4020001 .291
John Mabry, 1B3112011 .217
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .250
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Murton, PH1000002 .284
    Bob Howry, P00000001.000
    Neifi Perez, 2B0000000 .262
Angel Pagan, LF4130001 .262
Ronny Cedeno, SS3110011 .246
Carlos Marmol, P2100010 .143
    Phil Nevin, 1B2000010 .227
Totals3461162414 
a-hit into fielder's choice for Eyre in the 7th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (22, Marquis), Todd Walker (16, Marquis)
3B - Juan Pierre (8, Marquis), Aramis Ramirez (3, Marquis)
HR - John Mabry (3, Marquis)
SH - Ronny Cedeno (12)
RBI - Juan Pierre 3 (23), Aramis Ramirez (67), John Mabry 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre 3 (13), John Mabry 2 (6)
SB - Angel Pagan (1, 2nd base off Kinney/Bennett)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
DP - Cedeno-Walker-Nevin
E - Aramis Ramirez (7, )
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Marmol (W,4-4) 5.1332750 4.39
Roberto Novoa (H,3) 1.1322020 5.25
Scott Eyre (H,14) 0.1000010 2.11
Bob Howry (H,16) 1000010 3.42
Ryan Dempster (S,19) 1000000 4.18
HBP - Rolen (by Roberto Novoa)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Marmol 111-57, Roberto Novoa 27-18, Scott Eyre 5-3, Bob Howry 12-7, Ryan Dempster 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Marmol 4-6, Roberto Novoa 1-0, Ryan Dempster 3-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Marmol 25, Roberto Novoa 7, Scott Eyre 1, Bob Howry 3, Ryan Dempster 3
Game Information
Attendance - 40420
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Jerry Layne