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Marquis clamps down on ex-team as Cubs stay out in front

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ST. LOUIS -- Jason Marquis has come back to haunt his former team.

Matt Murton hit a three-run homer, and Marquis allowed just one run while pitching into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 win over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Marquis says he gets no special thrill out of beating St. Louis, where he won 14 games last season. But he was happy to drop the defending World Series champion Cardinals another game off the pace in the NL Central.

"Obviously it's big because it slowly takes them out of the equation," Marquis said of the Cardinals, who have lost 10 of 11 and fell seven games out of first. "But a win is a win."

Geovany Soto had a career-high four hits for the Cubs, who took three of four games in the series and maintained their one-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central.

"We're in pretty good shape," said Chicago manager Lou Piniella. "We're going home with two more wins than the team directly behind us."

Things are going in the opposite direction for the Cardinals, who lost a four-game series for the first time since dropping three of four at home to Milwaukee to begin the 2004 season. But St. Louis manager Tony La Russa saw some positives in the defeat.

"It's a loss, but all you had to do was watch the way the club (battled) when we got down 4-0," La Russa said. "It's a group to admire."

After helping St. Louis win the division last season, Marquis (12-8) signed with the Cubs as a free agent. Marquis allowed one run and five hits, walking two and striking out four in 6 1/3 innings.

"I was making pitches when I needed to," Marquis said. "I was aggressive within the strike zone, getting ahead of the hitters, which made me a lot more effective."

Ryan Dempster pitched a scoreless ninth for his 28th save in 31 opportunities, and Chicago wrapped up a 7-4 road swing.

"We did what we had to do on this road trip," Piniella said. "Now it's a 12-game season."

Mark Mulder (0-3), making his third start after spending most of the year recovering from surgery to his pitching shoulder, lasted three innings and gave up four runs and seven hits with three walks. Mulder has allowed 17 runs and 22 hits in 11 innings -- a 12.27 ERA -- in his last three starts.

"I had one bad inning," Mulder said. "My arm kind of dropped in the second inning."

Skip Schumaker, who came in as a pinch hitter, drove in both St. Louis runs. Rick Ankiel had two hits and reached base three times for the Cardinals.

Ankiel had been 2-for-29 with 10 strikeouts and no RBI in 10 games following a report he received human growth hormone in 2004. Before the report, he hit .358 with nine homers and 29 RBI in 23 games.

Chicago scored all four of its runs in the third off Mulder. Alfonso Soriano began the inning with a double, but was still at third with two out when Mulder walked Aramis Ramirez. Murton then followed with a 366-foot homer off the left field foul pole that made it 3-0.

After Craig Monroe doubled and Soto reached on an infield single, Ronny Cedeno drove in Monroe with a single to center.

Schumaker cut it to 4-1 with a pinch-hit single off Chicago reliever Carlos Marmol in the seventh. He stayed in the game and made it 4-2 with a two-out, RBI single off Bob Howry an inning later.

Notes

  • The Cubs have homered in a season-high 10 games in a row.
  • Ankiel's swinging bunt single in the second snapped an 0-for-8 skid.
  • The Cubs finished 11-5 against the Cardinals.
  • Mulder has not won since beating the Pirates 6-5 in Pittsburgh June 15, 2006.
  • The Cubs are 39-36 on the road and 39-36 at Wrigley Field.
 
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Ex-Cardinal Jason Marquis proudly shows his current colors as a member of the division-leading Cubs.  (AP)
Ex-Cardinal Jason Marquis proudly shows his current colors as a member of the division-leading Cubs. (AP)

Players of the Game
St. Louis

S. Schumaker
AB 2
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

M. Murton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Chicago Cubs
Alfonso Soriano, LF4120102 .290
Mark DeRosa, 2B3000202 .284
Derrek Lee, 1B5020001 .312
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2100303 .315
Matt Murton, RF4123103 .273
    Sam Fuld, PR-RF0000000 .000
Craig Monroe, CF4110012 .223
    Felix Pie, CF1000001 .214
Geovany Soto, C5040000 .423
Ronny Cedeno, SS5021012 .150
Jason Marquis, P4000026 .130
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
   a- Daryle Ward, PH1000000 .330
    Ryan Dempster, P0000000 .000
Totals38413474  
a-fouled out for Howry in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano 2 (36, Mulder, Jimenez), Derrek Lee (39, Mulder), Craig Monroe (23, Mulder), Geovany Soto 2 (4, Mulder, Jimenez)
HR - Matt Murton (7, Mulder)
RBI - Matt Murton 3 (20), Ronny Cedeno (8)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Murton 3 (9), Ronny Cedeno (4)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Cedeno-DeRosa-Lee, Cedeno-DeRosa-Lee
E - Aramis Ramirez (10, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Jason Marquis (W,12-8) 6.1511240 4.07
Carlos Marmol 0.1100210 1.29
Bob Howry (H,22) 1.1211100 3.46
Ryan Dempster (S,28) 1100000 4.09
WP - Carlos Marmol (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 88-58, Carlos Marmol 19-9, Bob Howry 20-15, Ryan Dempster 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 11-4, Ryan Dempster 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 26, Carlos Marmol 4, Bob Howry 7, Ryan Dempster 3
St. Louis Cardinals
Aaron Miles, 2B-SS5010014 .295
Rick Ankiel, RF-CF4020100 .289
Albert Pujols, 1B4010103 .320
Jim Edmonds, CF4010025 .249
    Troy Percival, P0000000 .000
   a- So Taguchi, PH1000001 .290
Ryan Ludwick, LF2100201 .247
Scott Spiezio, 3B4000024 .268
Yadier Molina, C4010000 .277
Mark Mulder, P0000000 .500
   b- Brian Barden, PH1000000 .118
    Kelvin Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   c- Russell Branyan, PH0000100 .195
    Brian Falkenborg, P0000000 .000
   d- Miguel Cairo, PH-2B2110002 .234
Brendan Ryan, SS2000001 .314
   e- Skip Schumaker, PH-RF2022000 .305
Totals3529255  
a-grounded into a double play for Percival in the 9th
b-lined out for Mulder in the 3rd
c-walked for Jimenez in the 5th
d-doubled for Falkenborg in the 7th
e-singled for Ryan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cairo (8, Marquis)
RBI - Skip Schumaker 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Skip Schumaker (2)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Spiezio-Miles-Pujols, Ryan-Miles-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Mulder (L,0-3) 3744301 12.27
Kelvin Jimenez 2400110 7.28
Brian Falkenborg 2200230 5.11
Troy Percival 2000100 2.06
WP - Troy Percival (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Mulder 58-34, Kelvin Jimenez 39-22, Brian Falkenborg 37-18, Troy Percival 26-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Mulder 3-5, Kelvin Jimenez 3-1, Brian Falkenborg 3-0, Troy Percival 1-5
Batters Faced - Mark Mulder 18, Kelvin Jimenez 10, Brian Falkenborg 10, Troy Percival 7
Game Information
Attendance - 45735
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Marty Foster