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Preston Wilson was a smash in his first game for the NL Central leaders, hitting one of the Cardinals' six home runs Friday in an 11-3 romp over the Chicago Cubs.
"I made it to my flight at 5:58 for a six o'clock flight," Wilson said. "I got to the stadium, signed the papers and got to work."
Wilson had nine home runs and 55 RBI when Houston waived him Aug. 15. He signed earlier in the day with the Cardinals and helped them end a 10-game losing streak in Chicago this season -- seven to the Cubs and three against the White Sox.
"Things happen for a reason," Wilson said. "Maybe I'm here for a good reason."
"It's the kind of first impression you want to make," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "He did so many good things and gave us a lift right away."
The Cardinals lost leadoff man David Eckstein, however, with a strained oblique muscle in his left side. The All-Star shortstop was hurt when he slid into Cubs catcher Michael Barrett in the third inning.
Eckstein was examined at Wrigley Field.
"It's one of those things that's hard to really diagnose right now," Eckstein said. "We're going to wait until tomorrow and let it die down a little bit."
While Wilson has played well at Wrigley Field this season, hitting .364 (8-for-22) with seven RBI, the Cardinals had not done much in Chicago.
"That's the first time we've seen the bottom of the ninth in this town," La Russa said. "It's about time."
The Cardinals need Wilson with center fielder Jim Edmonds day-to-day with post-concussion syndrome. Edmonds hasn't played since leaving a game with dizziness and blurred vision Aug. 15.
"My last two to three weeks in Houston, I wasn't playing at all," Wilson said. "If I'm playing part-time here, that's playing more than they were letting me play there. My job here is to do whatever they ask me to do."
"A lot of those balls were right down the plate," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "You could've put them on a tee."
Chris Duncan hit his 12th homer in the first off Marmol (5-6). Duncan went 2-for-4 and is hitting .565 (13-for-23) over a six-game hitting streak.
The Cubs scored all their runs on homers. Barrett hit a solo drive in the first and Aramis Ramirez hit his team-high 29th in the fourth.
Jason Marquis (13-11) got the win, tying him with Brad Penny, Carlos Zambrano and Brandon Webb for the NL lead in wins. Marquis allowed three runs and three hits in five innings.
"I felt pretty good for the most part," Marquis said. "I wish I could've went deeper into the game."
It was 1-all when Marquis started a three-run third with a single. Eckstein also singled and Duncan had a sacrifice fly.
Eckstein scored on a single by Pujols and when the ball got loose at the plate, Marmol picked it up and ran toward Pujols, who was in between second and third. Marmol, a converted catcher, made a wild sidearm throw that let Pujols reach third. Eckstein said Barrett's knee hit him in the ribs when he slid at the plate. He hurt his side twisting to touch home plate.
"I was trying to slide through him and he had just dropped his knee," Eckstein said. "His other knee came up and hit me right around my ribs area and sent me backwards. I hadn't tagged home plate yet and I was still trying to reach around."
Marmol then hit Rolen, prompting the warning. Marmol later made a poor pickoff throw to first that scored Pujols. Ramirez also had an error in the inning.
"That was a wild inning," Baker said. "We made a lot of mistakes and they seemed to come in bunches. We gave them three runs."
Baker said Marmol hurt his biceps on the throw to second, and that the muscle had been bothering the pitcher for a few starts.
"That's usually a sign a guy's arm is tired," Baker said.
|Scott Rolen pumps his fist after his home run, one of six Cardinals homers. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|David Eckstein, SS||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.289|
|Aaron Miles, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.259|
|Chris Duncan, LF||4||2||2||2||0||1||1||.342|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||5||2||3||3||0||0||0||.330|
|Scott Rolen, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.320|
|Juan Encarnacion, CF||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.279|
|So Taguchi, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Preston Wilson, RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||3||.271|
|Ronnie Belliard, 2B||5||1||1||2||0||0||3||.286|
|Gary Bennett, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.197|
|Jason Marquis, P||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.176|
|a- Timo Perez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.194|
|Adam Wainwright, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Braden Looper, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Tyler Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Hancock, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Marquis in the 6th|
|HR - Chris Duncan (12, Marmol), Albert Pujols (36, Aardsma), Scott Rolen (18, Aardsma), Preston Wilson (10, Novoa), Ronnie Belliard (9, Aardsma), Gary Bennett (1, Novoa)|
|SF - Chris Duncan (2)|
|RBI - Chris Duncan 2 (27), Albert Pujols 3 (97), Scott Rolen (76), Preston Wilson (56), Ronnie Belliard 2 (51), Gary Bennett (14)|
|SB - Preston Wilson (7, 2nd base off Marmol/Barrett)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Aaron Miles (11, )|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jason Marquis (W,13-11)||5||3||3||3||1||4||2||5.70|
|Adam Wainwright (H,12)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.05|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 87-56, Adam Wainwright 18-11, Braden Looper 31-21, Tyler Johnson 5-2, Josh Hancock 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-6, Adam Wainwright 1-1, Braden Looper 2-3, Tyler Johnson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 20, Adam Wainwright 4, Braden Looper 7, Tyler Johnson 1, Josh Hancock 4|
|Juan Pierre, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Neifi Perez, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
|Michael Barrett, C||3||2||2||1||1||0||0||.328|
|Henry Blanco, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||0||1||.279|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Jacque Jones, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.277|
|Angel Pagan, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.274|
|Michael Wuertz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Theriot, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.321|
|John Mabry, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|Ronny Cedeno, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.249|
|Carlos Marmol, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Roberto Novoa, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|David Aardsma, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Murton, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.295|
|2B - Michael Barrett (23, Looper), John Mabry (8, Hancock)|
|3B - Juan Pierre (11, Marquis)|
|HR - Michael Barrett (15, Marquis), Aramis Ramirez (29, Marquis)|
|RBI - Michael Barrett (46), Aramis Ramirez 2 (83)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Barrett (17)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Carlos Marmol 2 (3, ), Aramis Ramirez (9, )|
|Carlos Marmol (L,5-6)||3||6||4||3||0||0||1||5.65|
|HBP - Rolen (by Carlos Marmol)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Marmol 60-36, Roberto Novoa 32-21, David Aardsma 25-18, Michael Wuertz 18-13, Will Ohman 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Marmol 1-8, Roberto Novoa 5-1, David Aardsma 1-2, Michael Wuertz 3-1, Will Ohman 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Marmol 16, Roberto Novoa 10, David Aardsma 8, Michael Wuertz 6, Will Ohman 3|
|Attendance - 40346|
|Game Time - 2:52|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|