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Cardinals rally to split doubleheader with Cubs, end 9-game slide

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals ended their slide, probably too late to do them any good.

Miguel Cairo's RBI triple capped a four-run third inning, and St. Louis rallied past the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in the second game of a day-night doubleheader to end a nine-game losing streak.

"We've been so close to getting a win, and finally we got the last three outs," said Cairo, 4-for-28 since joining the team. "It's not over until the last game, and you never know what can happen. Baseball is crazy. Two more weeks, there's a lot of games left so you never know what can happen."

The loss ended the Cubs' four-game losing streak, and their NL Central lead was cut to one game over Milwaukee. The defending World Series champions are six games back of the Cubs with 15 games remaining.

"They've been struggling, but they've played us tough, just like I thought they would," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Every game has been nip and tuck, so let's hope the nip and tuck game goes our way tomorrow."

Piniella wasn't happy about playing a day-night doubleheader this late in the season. Players were at Busch Stadium more than 12 hours.

"I think St. Louis was probably just as fatigued as we were," Piniella said. "I don't know why Major League Baseball allows these types of doubleheaders this time of year -- play a game at noon and sit around all day and then have to play again at night."

In the opener, Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning that powered the Cubs to a 3-2 win and gave Kerry Wood his first win since May 29 last year. St. Louis lost nine in a row for the first time since a 10-game skid in 1980. Six of these losses were by two runs or fewer.

Soriano hit another homer in the second game, a two-run drive in the second off Joel Pineiro (5-3). Chicago also got a first-inning RBI single from Aramis Ramirez and took a 3-0 lead, but the Cubs had two runners thrown out at the plate.

Center fielder Jim Edmonds caught Derrek Lee trying to score on Mark DeRosa's lineout to end the first and left fielder So Taguchi's relay made Ryan Theriot an easy out in the second.

A key error by catcher Jason Kendall hurt the Cubs in the third.

Kendall bounced a throw to first that eluded Lee after recovering the ball on a third strike in the dirt to Ryan Ludwick. Yadier Molina had a two-run double, Scott Spiezio tied it with a single -- his first RBI since substance-abuse rehab -- and Cairo tripled over center fielder Jacque Jones.

Kendall said he threw while he was stepping over a bat.

"I should have taken my time to throw and I didn't, and the momentum changed," Kendall said. "It is what it is."

Pineiro allowed one hit his last five innings, retiring 15 straight hitters after Lee's leadoff double in the third. Russ Springer worked around an error to start the eighth and Jason Isringhausen finished for his 29th save in 31 chances.

"I knew what I had to do," Pineiro said. "I beared down, started bringing the ball down, and was very aggressive with the fastball."

Sean Marshall (7-8) made his first start since Aug. 31 and lasted 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs -- two unearned -- and six hits.

Notes

  • Rick Ankiel didn't start against either game against Cubs lefties, striking out as a pinch hitter in the opener. He's 2-for-29 with 10 strikeouts and no RBI in 10 games since a report he received a year's supply of human growth hormone in 2004. Before the report, he hit .358 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 23 games.
  • The Cardinals are 54-2 when leading after seven innings after blowing the eighth-inning lead in the opener.
  • Cardinals SS David Eckstein (sore back) has not played in the last three games.
  • The Cubs are 62-50 against right-handed starters and 15-22 against left-handers.
 
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tags out Ryan Theriot at the plate to prevent a run in the second inning. (AP)
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina tags out Ryan Theriot at the plate to prevent a run in the second inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

Y. Molina
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4112010 .288
Jacque Jones, CF4110001 .274
Derrek Lee, 1B4020001 .312
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4011002 .316
Cliff Floyd, RF3000121 .287
Mark DeRosa, 2B4010014 .286
    Sam Fuld, PR0000000 .000
Jason Kendall, C3000000 .246
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1000001 .333
Ryan Theriot, SS3010000 .268
Sean Marshall, P1110000 .103
    Michael Wuertz, P1000000 .000
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Hart, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Fontenot, PH1000000 .287
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
    Scott Eyre, P0000000 .000
Totals3338314  
a-grounded into a double play for Kendall in the 9th
b-grounded out for Hart in the 7th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (38, Pineiro), Ryan Theriot (30, Pineiro)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (27, Pineiro)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (58), Aramis Ramirez (90)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (21)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Jason Kendall 2 (9, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Sean Marshall (L,7-8) 2.2642230 4.00
Michael Wuertz 1200000 3.53
Will Ohman 0.1000000 5.03
Kevin Hart 2000120 1.59
Kerry Wood 1000020 4.58
Scott Eyre 1000010 4.44
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Marshall 70-45, Michael Wuertz 19-13, Will Ohman 5-3, Kevin Hart 30-21, Kerry Wood 18-12, Scott Eyre 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Marshall 4-2, Kevin Hart 1-3, Kerry Wood 1-0, Scott Eyre 1-1
Batters Faced - Sean Marshall 17, Michael Wuertz 5, Will Ohman 1, Kevin Hart 7, Kerry Wood 3, Scott Eyre 3
St. Louis Cardinals
So Taguchi, LF4010001 .291
Brendan Ryan, SS3020102 .318
Albert Pujols, 1B4010002 .320
Ryan Ludwick, RF4100033 .249
Jim Edmonds, CF2100211 .249
Yadier Molina, C4112003 .278
Scott Spiezio, 3B4121010 .274
    Aaron Miles, 2B0000000 .297
Joel Pineiro, P1000010 .077
    Russ Springer, P0000000 .000
   a- Gary Bennett, PH1000000 .225
    Jason Isringhausen, P0000000 .000
Miguel Cairo, 2B-3B4011021 .230
Totals3148438  
a-flied out for Springer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brendan Ryan (8, Wuertz), Yadier Molina (15, Marshall)
3B - Miguel Cairo (2, Wuertz)
SH - Joel Pineiro 2 (4)
RBI - Yadier Molina 2 (38), Scott Spiezio (28), Miguel Cairo (14)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo (9)
SB - Brendan Ryan (5, 3rd base off Hart/Kendall)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jim Edmonds 1, So Taguchi 1
DP - Edmonds-Molina, Pujols-Ryan
E - Scott Spiezio (5, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
Joel Pineiro (W,6-4) 7733141 4.71
Russ Springer (H,11) 1000000 2.23
Jason Isringhausen (S,29) 1100000 2.14
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Pineiro 99-66, Russ Springer 10-8, Jason Isringhausen 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Pineiro 7-8, Russ Springer 2-2, Jason Isringhausen 2-0
Batters Faced - Joel Pineiro 27, Russ Springer 4, Jason Isringhausen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 45894
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Adam Dowdy