St. Louis at Chicago

Final 10th
St. Louis
Chi. Cubs
W: J. Isringhausen (1-0) L: R. Dempster (0-1)
HR: STL - J. Edmonds (1), C. Duncan (4), S. Rolen (2), A. Pujols (5)   CHC - M. Barrett (4), A. Ramirez (3)

Pujols' three-run shot in 10th beats Cubs; Rolen has career day

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, the conditions were perfect for the St. Louis Cardinals to get their offense out of a season-long funk.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Scott Rolen had a career-best five hits to help the defending World Series champions beat the Chicago Cubs 12-9 on Sunday.

"The ball was blowing out of the park. You don't have to kill the ball to go out," said Pujols, who cleared the bleachers in left-center with his long drive off Ryan Dempster.

"I just tried to go back up the middle and the ball went out of the park," Pujols said. "If you made a mistake, the hitter was going to make you pay."

St. Louis closer Jason Isringhausen couldn't hold a two-run lead in the ninth, but Pujols and the Cardinals recovered.

Preston Wilson singled to start the 10th against Dempster (0-1). One out later, David Eckstein singled off Aramis Ramirez's glove at third before Pujols hit his fifth homer of the season.

"Today is tough, especially given the elements and how we battled back, not once but twice," Dempster said. "I just try to go right after guys. I made a pitch to Albert that came back a little bit and he hit it."

The Cardinals scored only 50 runs in their first 17 games. The middle of their lineup -- Pujols, Rolen and Jim Edmonds -- had all struggled, batting around .200 or just under. But St. Louis had 17 hits Sunday, including homers by Rolen, Edmonds, Chris Duncan and then Pujols.

"Hopefully, this is the game that triggers everything. Hopefully, the middle of the lineup will be producing more," Pujols said. "We don't want to force it to happen."

The Cubs tied the score in the ninth on Mark DeRosa's two-out, two-run bloop single off Isringhausen (1-0). It was his first blown save in five chances.

Michael Barrett singled and, two outs later, pinch-hitter Alfonso Soriano -- who had missed five straight games with a strained hamstring -- hit a double past third on an 0-2 pitch.

DeRosa's fly ball down the right-field line fell beyond the reach of second baseman Aaron Miles and in front of Wilson for a two-run single.

Tyler Johnson and Russ Springer combined to pitch a hitless 10th for St. Louis.

Rolen's two-run triple in the ninth gave the Cardinals a 9-7 lead. Rolen finished 5-for-6 and raised his batting average 68 points in one day from .200 to .268

"I'll take it. It's been a long while," Rolen said. "I feel like all of a sudden I'm having a decent year. ... I felt more comfortable today. I controlled my at-bats a little better. It was a good day to hit."

Ramirez's three-run homer off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright tied the score at 7 in the sixth.

On a 75-degree day with the wind blowing out at 18 mph, it was a home run hitter's delight.

Duncan hit a two-run shot in the fifth off Wade Miller, giving St. Louis a 6-4 lead. One out later, Rolen lifted a long solo shot to left-center, his second homer of the season.

Adam Kennedy, batting .196 with just two RBI entering play, hit a two-out, two-run double on a 3-2 pitch in the fourth to tie it at 4.

Barrett's third homer in his last three games was a two-run drive to center that made it 4-2 Chicago in the third.

Edmonds' first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the second, tied it at 2 and matched Edmonds' RBI total coming into the game.

Miller gave up nine hits and seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. Wainwright was tagged for 12 hits and seven runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Jacque Jones hit a two-run single for the Cubs with two outs in the first.


  • Cubs manager Lou Piniella said he still hasn't decided what to do with an outfield that is jammed with five players. With Soriano slated to move to left field from center when he returns to the starting lineup Monday, the Cubs could stick with rookie Felix Pie in center. That means Matt Murton, Cliff Floyd and Jacque Jones will be vying for playing time in right. "He (Pie) is going to need to play every day, whether it's here or in (Triple-A) Iowa. We'll talk about our outfield situation here over the next day or two," Piniella said.
  • Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 2 with persistent swelling in his right elbow, has been increasing his rehab work and has reported no problems. "He's been working every day," manager Tony La Russa said. "So far, no setbacks. He's starting to amp things up little by little."
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Albert Pujols admires his game-winning home run that sails straight out of Wrigley Field.  (Getty Images)
Albert Pujols admires his game-winning home run that sails straight out of Wrigley Field. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

M. Barrett
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
St. Louis

A. Pujols
AB 6
R 3
H 3
HR 1

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St. Louis Cardinals
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Chris Duncan, LF4212110 .323
    David Eckstein, SS1110000 .239
Albert Pujols, 1B6333010 .229
Scott Rolen, 3B6353010 .268
Jim Edmonds, CF5122113 .212
Scott Spiezio, RF4010014 .182
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH-LF1000001 .160
Adam Kennedy, 2B3012212 .204
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Johnson, P0000000 .000
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
Yadier Molina, C4000103 .213
Adam Wainwright, P3000010 .250
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
   b- Preston Wilson, PH-RF2120000 .250
a-fouled out for Franklin in the 9th
b-singled for Flores in the 8th
2B - Scott Spiezio (2, Eyre), Adam Kennedy (2, W. Miller)
3B - Scott Rolen (1, Howry)
HR - Chris Duncan (4, W. Miller), Albert Pujols (5, Dempster), Scott Rolen (2, W. Miller), Jim Edmonds (1, W. Miller)
RBI - Chris Duncan 2 (7), Albert Pujols 3 (12), Scott Rolen 3 (10), Jim Edmonds 2 (4), Adam Kennedy 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Rolen (1), Adam Kennedy 2 (2)
CS - Adam Kennedy (1, 2nd base by Cotts/Barrett)
Team LOB - 8
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright 5.11277372 5.04
Randy Flores 1.2000010 0.00
Ryan Franklin 1100000 1.00
Jason Isringhausen (BS,1; W,1-0) 1322010 3.38
Tyler Johnson (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Russ Springer 0.2000010 4.26
WP - Adam Wainwright (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 106-71, Randy Flores 14-10, Ryan Franklin 11-8, Jason Isringhausen 25-18, Tyler Johnson 3-3, Russ Springer 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 2-7, Randy Flores 1-3, Ryan Franklin 1-2, Jason Isringhausen 1-1, Tyler Johnson 1-0
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 31, Randy Flores 5, Ryan Franklin 4, Jason Isringhausen 6, Tyler Johnson 1, Russ Springer 2
Chicago Cubs
Ryan Theriot, 2B6130002 .347
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Cliff Floyd, LF6010024 .261
Derrek Lee, 1B5310122 .348
Aramis Ramirez, 3B6223013 .339
Michael Barrett, C4232100 .281
Jacque Jones, RF3022110 .292
    Neal Cotts, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Murton, PH-CF1000001 .278
Ronny Cedeno, SS-2B5000036 .107
Felix Pie, CF4010012 .136
   b- Alfonso Soriano, PH1010000 .260
    Cesar Izturis, PR-SS0100000 .182
Wade Miller, P2010002 .250
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
   c- Daryle Ward, PH1000002 .200
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
    Mark DeRosa, RF2012000 .259
a-lined out for Howry in the 9th
b-doubled for Pie in the 9th
c-popped out for Eyre in the 5th
2B - Ryan Theriot 2 (2, Wainwright, Wainwright), Alfonso Soriano (7, Isringhausen)
HR - Aramis Ramirez (3, Wainwright), Michael Barrett (4, Wainwright)
RBI - Aramis Ramirez 3 (12), Michael Barrett 2 (15), Jacque Jones 2 (3), Mark DeRosa 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jacque Jones 2 (3), Mark DeRosa 2 (3)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Theriot-Lee
Chicago Cubs
Wade Miller 4.2977033 10.54
Scott Eyre 0.1100010 13.50
Michael Wuertz 1.2100020 0.00
Neal Cotts 0.2000300 0.00
Bob Howry 1.2322200 4.50
Ryan Dempster (L,0-1) 1333031 3.00
IBB - Kennedy by Bob Howry
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miller 97-57, Scott Eyre 8-5, Michael Wuertz 15-13, Bob Howry 30-14, Ryan Dempster 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miller 4-7, Michael Wuertz 1-2, Bob Howry 2-2
Batters Faced - Wade Miller 23, Scott Eyre 2, Michael Wuertz 6, Neal Cotts 4, Bob Howry 9, Ryan Dempster 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40193
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Angel Hernandez