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Ludwick's two homers back Wainwright, Cards split DH at Wrigley

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CHICAGO -- Ryan Ludwick more than made up for Albert Pujols' rare bad game.

Ludwick hit a pair of two-run homers, Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged a split by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2 in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader.

Wainwright improved to 3-0 against the Cubs this season and St. Louis leads the NL-Central by 2½ games heading into the All-Star break. Chicago (43-43) is .500, 3½ games out.

Ludwick also had a double in the eighth to finish the doubleheader 5 for 8 with four RBI and four extra base hits. He is batting .455 during a nine-game hitting streak. Pujols was 1 for 8 with two RBI in the doubleheader, including 0 for 4 in the nightcap.

With Ludwick heating up, Pujols, who leads the majors in home runs and RBI, doesn't need to supply all the muscle for the Cardinals.

"I went through a huge rut. One of the biggest ruts I've ever been through. In the middle of the rut I really started pressing bad and then I just really tried to start having good at-bats and not worrying about results," said Ludwick, who had an 0 for 14 skid in June.

  Game 1: Cubs 7, Cards 3

In the opener, Carlos Zambrano homered for the third time this season and earned a win with six solid innings as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-3.

The second game featured some unusual maneuvering by Cubs manager Lou Piniella in the ninth inning. With no outs and the bases loaded, Piniella moved left-handed reliever Sean Marshall to left for one batter and moved him back to the mound to face left-handed hitter Skip Schumaker.

"We did what we had to do to try to keep the game in check and it worked," said Piniella.

Marshall said he was surprised by Piniella's move.

"A little bit, then when he said it, it made sense because I knew who was coming up for the next two hitters. It was kind of funny to watch [Aaron] Heilman pitch because he was throwing so many pitches inside because if he does hit it will it will be right at me and hopefully I can make a play and throw someone out," said Marshall, who added the fans in the bleachers were chanting "We are Marshall."

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was so impressed by Piniella's move he stopped Cubs first base coach Matt Sinatro to pass on his message.

"I stopped Sinatro and said you tell Lou that was a classic. It was fun to be a part of it no matter how it turns out. It takes creativity and it takes guts. Lou showed both of them. That was fun actually. It was terrific," said La Russa.

The right-handed Heilman struck out Brendan Ryan with the bases loaded and Marshall in left. Schumaker was pinch-hit for by Jarrett Hoffpauir, and Marshall struck out him. Left fielder Reed Johnson made a diving catch, though replays showed he appeared catch the ball on a short-hop, on Colby Rasmus' fly to end the inning.

Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin struck out the side in the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Cubs starter Randy Wells (4-4) handled Pujols in the second game, but couldn't get out Ludwick. Wells got Pujols to hit into a doubleplay with runners on first and second in the first inning, and Ludwick followed with a two-run shot to center.

Wainwright (10-5) allowed two runs and scattered seven hits. He struck out five and walked three as the Cardinals split the four-game series.

Wells gave up a leadoff single to Rasmus in the sixth inning. Pujols followed with a groundout to third, but Ludwick tagged Wells again to put the Cardinals up 4-1. It was Ludwick's 15th of the season and his second multihomer game of the season.

Wells, who had won his last four decisions, gave up four runs on seven hits in seven innings.

The Cubs got a run off Wainwright in the first inning on Derrek Lee's RBI single. Milton Bradley hit a two-out RBI double in the sixth.

"If we swing the bats and stay healthy we have a really good chance of winning the division. We have been through a lot, if we don't we'll see what happens. I'm curious myself believe it or not," Piniella said.

In the first game, Zambrano homered for the 19th time in his career, tops in franchise history for pitchers.

"My job is to pitch. That's the thing I know best," he said. "If they figure out how to pitch to me every day I don't think I would hit that many home runs."

Micah Hoffpauir had a three-run homer for the Cubs and Zambrano (5-4) allowed three runs and five hits.

St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse (4-5), who was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, struggled in his first appearance since leaving an outing against Cincinnati on June 3 because of a strained right forearm.

"Hoffpauir's first pitch [was] a curve," said Lohse, who allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. "It wasn't a bad pitch but he jumped all over it. As the game went on I pitched pretty well."

Notes

  • In the fifth inning of Game 2, with Wainwright at first base, Ryan hit into what appeared to be a doubleplay, but Wainwright deflected the ball with his right hand on the turn by Theriot. Wainwright did not show any signs of an injury to his hand.
  • Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo missed the doubleheader to manage the World Team in the Futures Game in St. Louis. Joe Pettini took his place at third.
 
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Ryan Ludwick watches the first of his two two-run home runs in the nightcap and finishes 5 for 8 in the DH.  (AP)
Ryan Ludwick watches the first of his two two-run home runs in the nightcap and finishes 5 for 8 in the DH. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

M. Bradley
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
St. Louis

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110021 .300
   a- Jarrett Hoffpauir, PH-2B1000013 .250
Colby Rasmus, CF3110203 .278
Albert Pujols, 1B4000002 .332
Ryan Ludwick, RF4234001 .264
Rick Ankiel, LF4000001 .215
Yadier Molina, C3010100 .280
Joe Thurston, 3B4000011 .223
Adam Wainwright, P3020000 .157
   b- Nick Stavinoha, PH0000100 .239
    Ryan Franklin, P0000000 .000
Brendan Ryan, SS4010025 .286
Totals3449446  
a-struck out for Schumaker in the 9th
b-walked for Wainwright in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Ludwick (10, Guzman)
HR - Ryan Ludwick 2 (15, R. Wells, R. Wells)
RBI - Ryan Ludwick 4 (56)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Ludwick 2 (13)
CS - Brendan Ryan (5, 2nd base by R. Wells/Hill)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Thurston-Schumaker-Pujols, Ryan-Schumaker-Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright (W,10-5) 8722350 3.04
Ryan Franklin (S,21) 1000030 0.79
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 102-69, Ryan Franklin 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 11-6
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 32, Ryan Franklin 3
Chicago Cubs
Sam Fuld, CF3120100 .375
Ryan Theriot, SS3010001 .299
Derrek Lee, 1B4011002 .280
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4110011 .333
Alfonso Soriano, LF4000011 .233
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .254
Milton Bradley, RF3021110 .243
Jeff Baker, 2B3000122 .162
Koyie Hill, C2000012 .213
   a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH1000000 .251
    Angel Guzman, P0000000 .000
    Sean Marshall, P-LF^P0000000 .231
   b- Micah Hoffpauir, PH1000010 .244
Randy Wells, P2000010 .174
   c- Jake Fox, PH-C1000000 .313
Totals3127238  
a-grounded out for Hill in the 7th
b-struck out for Marshall in the 9th
c-grounded out for R. Wells in the 7th
Batting
2B - Sam Fuld (3, Wainwright), Milton Bradley (9, Wainwright)
SH - Ryan Theriot (7)
RBI - Derrek Lee (57), Milton Bradley (21)
2-OUT RBI - Milton Bradley (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Theriot-Baker-Lee, Baker-Theriot-Lee
E - Ryan Theriot (9, Missed catch of throw)
Chicago Cubs
Randy Wells (L,4-4) 7744342 2.72
Angel Guzman 1200000 2.60
Sean Marshall 0.2000110 4.01
Aaron Heilman 0.1000010 4.32
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 100-59, Angel Guzman 13-8, Sean Marshall 10-5, Aaron Heilman 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 8-6, Angel Guzman 4-0
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 28, Angel Guzman 6, Sean Marshall 3, Aaron Heilman 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41244
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Randy Marsh