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CHICAGO -- A general manager switch, a record crowd, aerial fighter pilots, an extra-innings Cubs win, and an appearance by Larry King. All in all, it was quite a day at Wrigley Field.
"What a day," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "Man, oh man. A great comeback win and contributions all over the place."
The Cubs responded in their first game following the firing of general manager Jim Hendry, who was let go about three hours before the game. He was replaced on an interim basis by assistant general manager Randy Bush.
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"It's a weird way to start the day," Cubs starter Randy Wells said. "I really didn't know what to think."
Geovany Soto led off the 10th with a single off Dotel (0-2), advanced to second on Marlon Byrd's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Colvin's hit to center field.
"I was looking for a pitch to hit," Colvin said. "I was a little antsy on the first two (pitches) and was lucky enough to get a better pitch to hit on the last one."
Like most of the Cubs, Colvin spoke fondly of Hendry, who was very popular in the clubhouse.
"A little bit [more emotional]," Colvin said. "I got to meet him in 2006 when he drafted me. He's always been good to me. It's part of the business, I guess. It was great to get the win. We kept battling back and scratching back."
Soto also had a game-tying RBI double in the eighth inning. Darwin Barney homered and tripled, and Starlin Castro added two hits for the Cubs. Sean Marshall (6-5) pitched a perfect 10th to earn the win.
Castro, who leads the NL with 162 hits, has 301 in his career. He is the fifth Cubs player to pass 300 in his first two seasons.
Chicago beat the rival Cardinals for just the third time in 10 games this season, delighting a home crowd of 42,343 -- the largest at Wrigley Field since the home opener in 1978.
"It's fun when they sell this place out," Barney said. "It's electric either way. When you've got that many people behind you - there's a number of Cardinals fans out there and we hear them -- but it's fun.
"It's fun to see a guy like Colvin come through like that. It just makes coming to the park fun when those kinds of things happen."
King sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. The fans enjoyed extra entertainment courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds practicing over Lake Michigan a few blocks east of the ballpark during the middle part of the game.
Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia left with a 4-3 lead after he scattered nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. Garcia, who entered the game hitting .085, added an RBI single.
"He had a little trouble the last inning he pitched," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "He made some mistakes but overall he gave us a legitimate shot to win."
Wells gave up four hits in seven innings and struck out five. He set down the Cardinals in order in four of his seven innings.
The Cubs nearly won the game in the ninth, but ran themselves out of the inning.
Tony Campana reached first leading off the ninth when second baseman Ryan Theriot bobbled a routine grounder for an error. Campana darted for second on a steal attempt as Castro flied to center, lost track of the ball, and was easily doubled off first base.
"I think that's the first mistake I've seen him make up here," Quade said "I don't think he'll make that again."
After trailing for 7 ½ innings, the Cubs tied it 4-4 in the eighth. Soto's double into the left-field corner scored Carlos Pena from first base.
Molina's second-inning homer opened the scoring, and Garcia's single up the middle scored Theriot to make it 3-0. Freese hit a solo shot in the fourth to put the Cardinals ahead 4-1. He has an RBI in seven of his last eight games.
Barney brought the Cubs within 4-2 with his second homer of the season, landing a shot barely into the basket in the left-field corner. His previous homer was April 25 against Colorado.
"I'd seen all fastballs and I got to a 1-1 count," Barney said. "I was looking maybe curveball, he was throwing a lot of breaking pitches to righties early in that game. I was kind of looking for something offspeed and he threw a changeup. Fortunately, it was just far enough."
Barney added a triple when Lance Berkman overran a blooper into the right-field corner in the seventh. He scored when pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt's fly to center was misplayed by John Jay, and the ball rolled to the wall for another triple.
"When I went to go catch it, my foot slipped," Berkman said. "I kicked a divot.
"This is a terrible place. This is probably one of the top five worst places to play defense. It's a bad surface, you can't see. It's tough. It's unfortunate that happened on back-to-back plays."
With DeWitt on third and one out, representing the tying run, Jason Motte relieved Garcia and worked out of the jam by striking out Castro and getting Johnson on a grounder.
The back-and-forth game came after an uneasy morning for the Cubs. All in all, it was a strange day.
"That would be the understatement of the day," Quade said. "Weird, I guess, I can't come up with another adjective. We dealt with [the Hendry news] before [the game] and I'm thrilled to death by the way the guys played."
|Teammates congratulate pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin after knocking in the winning run in the 10th inning. (Getty Images)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.204|
|Allen Craig, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.323|
|Jon Jay, CF||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.293|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.285|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.305|
|Lance Berkman, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.292|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kyle McClellan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Octavio Dotel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Freese, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||1||.319|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.296|
|Ryan Theriot, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Jaime Garcia, P||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.100|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Corey Patterson, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|2B - Ryan Theriot (23, R. Wells)|
|HR - David Freese (8, R. Wells), Yadier Molina (9, R. Wells)|
|RBI - David Freese (40), Yadier Molina 2 (45), Jaime Garcia (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina 2 (23), Jaime Garcia (4)|
|CS - Jon Jay (5, 2nd base by Samardzija/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jon Jay 1|
|DP - Furcal-Theriot-Pujols, Freese-Theriot-Pujols, Furcal-Theriot-Pujols, Jay-Pujols|
|E - Ryan Theriot (17, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jason Motte (H,15)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.82|
|Kyle McClellan (BS,1)||1.2||2||0||0||1||0||0||3.93|
|Octavio Dotel (L,2-3)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.72|
|HBP - Soriano (by Kyle McClellan)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 92-62, Jason Motte 10-9, Arthur Rhodes 8-4, Kyle McClellan 34-19, Octavio Dotel 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 9-6, Jason Motte 2-0, Kyle McClellan 2-3, Octavio Dotel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 27, Jason Motte 3, Arthur Rhodes 1, Kyle McClellan 9, Octavio Dotel 3|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.309|
|Reed Johnson, RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.348|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||1||1||2||0||1||.297|
|Jeff Baker, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.287|
|a- Carlos Pena, PH-1B||1||1||0||0||1||0||2||.224|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.241|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.301|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.243|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sean Marshall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tyler Colvin, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.144|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||2||2||1||0||0||3||.296|
|Randy Wells, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.179|
|c- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.266|
|Jeff Samardzija, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Campana, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.279|
|a-walked for Baker in the 8th|
|b-singled for Marshall in the 10th|
|c-tripled for R. Wells in the 7th|
|2B - Geovany Soto (22, McClellan)|
|3B - Darwin Barney (5, Garcia), Blake DeWitt (3, Garcia)|
|HR - Darwin Barney (2, Garcia)|
|SH - Marlon Byrd (1)|
|RBI - Aramis Ramirez (77), Geovany Soto (39), Tyler Colvin (16), Darwin Barney (36), Blake DeWitt (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez (27)|
|SB - Starlin Castro (14, 2nd base off Garcia/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Sean Marshall (W,6-5)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.75|
|IBB - Pujols by Randy Wells|
|WP - Randy Wells 2 (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 111-67, Jeff Samardzija 15-7, Carlos Marmol 12-9, Sean Marshall 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 7-9, Jeff Samardzija 1-1, Carlos Marmol 2-0, Sean Marshall 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Randy Wells 28, Jeff Samardzija 4, Carlos Marmol 3, Sean Marshall 3|
|Attendance - 42343|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|