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Mather's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning rallied Chicago to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
"It just feels good," Mather said. "The whole atmosphere in the stadium and in the clubhouse, in the dugout, everybody was just excited."
"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't [extra satisfying]," Mather said. "I have a lot of good friends over there. It does feel good. When it comes down to it, ultimately we won a big-league game and the self-satisfaction is secondary."
While Mather got the winning hit, LaHair's 12-pitch battle with Motte may have been the game's key at-bat. After the count went full, LaHair fouled off six straight pitches before Motte missed with a fastball.
"I just don't have any fear," LaHair said about his patient approach. "That kind of situation, you have to just kind of relax and just breathe. Let the anxiety go."
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Motte then walked Soto, but said it wasn't a matter of LaHair wearing him down.
"No, I'm out there still trying to make pitches," Motte said. "I made some really good pitches, he just did a good job of fouling them off and keeping himself in the at-bat."
Steve Clevenger's grounder moved the runners up to set the plate for Mather, who was drafted by the Cardinals in 2001 and spent 10 seasons in the organization.
Mather fell behind 0-2 and angrily stalked out of the batter's box after taking the second strike. He then took two pitches off the plate before lacing the game-ending single.
The hit made a winner of reliever Rafael Dolis (1-1), though for seven-plus innings the starters were the story of the game.
"That was one hell of a game," Garza said. "We came up big at the end. That's awesome."
Garza held St. Louis to two runs in seven innings, and has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last 14 home starts, the longest streak by a Cubs pitcher since Mark Prior had 16 in a row over the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
St. Louis grabbed the lead in the fourth after Skip Schumaker led off with an infield single and went to third on Matt Holliday's double down the left-field line. Schumaker scored on Carlos Beltran's groundout, and Holliday scored on Yadier Molina's sacrifice fly.
Garcia gave up a first-inning run when Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly scored Darwin Barney, but he limited Chicago to just four hits over his final 6 2-3 innings. He was aided by double plays in the fifth and sixth.
"[Garcia] was terrific," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "You look at the run early on, and that was from two infield hits. Whenever he did get in a little spot, he got that extra movement, double plays."
Darwin Barney singled twice, walked, and scored the Cubs' only run. Castro legged out an infield single in the first, increasing his hitting streak to 11 games. He's reached base in 56 of his last 57 games.
The Cubs went homerless for the ninth straight game, their longest drought since June 30 to July 13, 2007. Chicago is last in the majors with just five homers on the season, but on Monday, singles were enough.
"These are the kind of things you have to build on," LaHair said.
|Former Cardinal Joe Mather's two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning rallies the Cubs to victory. (AP)|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Rafael Furcal, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.362|
|Skip Schumaker, CF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.500|
|a- Shane Robinson, PH-CF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.391|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.216|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||4||0||0||1||0||1||3||.279|
|David Freese, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.333|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Matt Carpenter, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.268|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Greene, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.212|
|Jaime Garcia, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.222|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Daniel Descalso, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|a-walked for Schumaker in the 8th|
|2B - Matt Holliday (3, Garza)|
|SF - Yadier Molina (1)|
|RBI - Carlos Beltran (9), Yadier Molina (12)|
|CS - Skip Schumaker (1, 2nd base by Garza/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Furcal-T. Greene-M. Carpenter, Furcal-T. Greene-M. Carpenter|
|E - Rafael Furcal (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Mitchell Boggs (H,5)||0.1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.96|
|Jason Motte (BS,1; L,1-1)||0.2||1||2||2||2||1||0||4.05|
|WP - Jaime Garcia (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jaime Garcia 85-61, Mitchell Boggs 10-5, Jason Motte 31-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaime Garcia 11-6, Mitchell Boggs 1-0, Jason Motte 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jaime Garcia 28, Mitchell Boggs 2, Jason Motte 5|
|David DeJesus, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.245|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.311|
|Starlin Castro, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.358|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||3||0||0||1||0||1||0||.200|
|Jeff Baker, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|a- Bryan LaHair, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.361|
|Geovany Soto, C||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.128|
|Reed Johnson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.192|
|Rafael Dolis, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Steve Clevenger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.526|
|Joe Mather, 3B||3||0||2||2||1||0||0||.300|
|Matt Garza, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.111|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tony Campana, CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.600|
|a-walked for Baker in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Dolis in the 9th|
|SF - Alfonso Soriano (2)|
|SH - Matt Garza (1)|
|RBI - Alfonso Soriano (9), Joe Mather 2 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Joe Mather 2 (3)|
|SB - Tony Campana 2 (2, 2nd base off Boggs/Molina, 3rd base off Boggs/Molina)|
|CS - Starlin Castro (1, 2nd base by Garcia/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - David DeJesus 1|
|DP - Castro-Barney, DeJesus-Baker|
|Rafael Dolis (W,1-1)||1.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.72|
|HBP - Freese (by Matt Garza)|
|WP - Matt Garza (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Garza 108-65, James Russell 21-10, Rafael Dolis 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Garza 7-7|
|Batters Faced - Matt Garza 27, James Russell 3, Rafael Dolis 4|
|Attendance - 37794|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 44|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Welke|