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Cubs' Rizzo hits game-winning homer

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CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo checked off another milestone as he continues to live up to the hype.

Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and lifted the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Sunday.

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Starlin Castro led off the inning with a single against Trevor Rosenthal (0-1), and Rizzo followed with his seventh homer -- and first game-ender.

"This is the best," an elated Rizzo said. "This is something I've always dreamed of doing since I was a little kid. I've never done it before. Not in the minors, not in little league, not ever.

"This is awesome."

James Russell (5-0) worked an inning for the win. The Cubs are 12-3 in their last 15 home games, and 17-10 since Rizzo was called up in June.

The 22-year-old slugger didn't remember running around the bases or getting mobbed by teammates at the plate. He maintained his presence of mind leading up to the big hit.

"Later innings, guys press a little harder. I see a lot of veteran hitters throughout baseball always just relaxed at the plate, taking pitches and not being too aggressive," Rizzo said. "That's something I took into this at-bat.

"I'm always a little overanxious in situations like that, and took a clean swing and let the rest take care of itself."

A struggling Carlos Beltran homered off Shawn Camp with one out in the St. Louis eighth, tying it at 2. The opposite-field solo shot was his 23rd homer, but just his third in July. The All-Star is hitting .188 this month.

Cubs starter Paul Maholm allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five.

Maholm exited with the bases loaded in the seventh, and Manny Corpas retired Allen Craig on a fly ball to end the threat.

Maholm has allowed one run or fewer in six straight starts, becoming the first lefty in modern Cubs history to do so. He had won the previous five outings.

"He is arguably the best pitcher in the last month in all of baseball," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "That's the best lineup in the National League and by far the best right-handed hitting lineup in the National League, too.

"He did one heck of a job against the best."

Even with trade rumors flying around, the rebuilding Cubs have kept on winning.

"There's a reason I signed here. I've always enjoyed playing here throughout my career," Maholm said. "They gave me a chance to come in and prove that I was healthy, and I am. Hopefully we can turn this into a long-term thing. We'll see how everything unfolds and go from there."

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright gave up two runs in six innings. He wasn't fooling anybody early, allowing six of the first nine batters to reach base.

David DeJesus tripled in the first and scored on Castro's groundout. Darwin Barney doubled in the second and scored on an error in the second.

Barney had two doubles and a single.

Wainwright settled down to retire 12 of his final 14 batters.

"No fastball control whatsoever. Luckily, I had a good breaking ball and a good cutter going," Wainwright said. "Early on we had to make some adjustments on how we were going to attack guys and try to figure out a way to make it work."

Beltran's homer got Wainwright off the hook for what could have been his first loss in 13 career appearances at Wrigley Field. Wainwright is 5-0 at the ballpark, including his 20th win in 2010 when he finished second in the NL Cy Young voting.

The Cardinals threatened several times but were largely unable to get the big hit, leaving 10 men on base.

"[Maholm] kept us off balance," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He did a nice job of pitching, mixed up everything -- used both sides of the plate, up and down. We couldn't get anything going."

Despite a throwing error that allowed Barney to score in the second, shortstop Daniel Descalso made several exceptional defensive plays, including a dazzling diving stab and throw in the third to rob Rizzo of a hit.

Notes

  • Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (back tightness) missed a second straight game. Trainer Greg Hauck said he doesn't expect it to be an extended absence.
  • Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman (general soreness) was also held out of the starting lineup, but he pinch-hit in the seventh, drawing a walk. He was immediately removed for a pinch-runner.
  • Sveum is still undecided on his Monday starter against Pittsburgh, but said it will most likely be Justin Germano (0-1, 1.04 ERA), who was acquired from Boston on July 19. The Pirates send Erik Bedard (5-11, 4.32) to the mound for the series opener.
  • St. Louis' Kyle Lohse (10-2, 2.71) will face Jeff Francis (3-2, 4.97) in the series opener at Colorado on Tuesday.
 
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Cubs rookie first basemen Anthony Rizzo delivers a two-run homer in the 10th inning that beats the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.  (Getty Images)
Cubs rookie first basemen Anthony Rizzo delivers a two-run homer in the 10th inning that beats the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Chicago

D. Barney
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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St. Louis Cardinals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Daniel Descalso, SS4000102 .242
Allen Craig, RF-1B5000013 .289
Matt Holliday, LF4000110 .319
Carlos Beltran, CF-RF5111011 .282
Yadier Molina, C5020021 .304
David Freese, 3B4120101 .316
Matt Carpenter, 1B3010112 .287
    Mitchell Boggs, P0000000 .000
    Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
Tyler Greene, 2B2011000 .221
   a- Skip Schumaker, PH-2B1000002 .318
Adam Wainwright, P2000011 .098
   b- Lance Berkman, PH0000100 .282
    Joe Kelly, PR0000000 .125
    Barret Browning, P0000000 .000
    Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
    Marc Rzepczynski, P0000000 .000
    Jon Jay, CF1000000 .289
Totals3627257  
a-grounded out for T. Greene in the 8th
b-walked for Wainwright in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Freese (19, Camp), Matt Carpenter (12, Maholm)
HR - Carlos Beltran (23, Camp)
SF - Tyler Greene (2)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (73), Tyler Greene (18)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Descalso-T. Greene-M. Carpenter, Molina-Descalso, Molina-Freese
E - Daniel Descalso (7, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Adam Wainwright 6622150 4.24
Barret Browning 0.1100100 2.70
Fernando Salas 0.2000010 4.26
Marc Rzepczynski 0.1000200 4.81
Mitchell Boggs 1.2100100 1.65
Trevor Rosenthal (L,0-1)0222001 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 88-54, Barret Browning 12-6, Fernando Salas 6-3, Marc Rzepczynski 16-6, Mitchell Boggs 15-8, Trevor Rosenthal 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 8-3, Barret Browning 1-0, Mitchell Boggs 3-2
Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 23, Barret Browning 3, Fernando Salas 1, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Mitchell Boggs 7, Trevor Rosenthal 2
Chicago Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, CF4110103 .270
Starlin Castro, SS5111003 .281
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4132100 .333
Alfonso Soriano, LF4010021 .274
Bryan LaHair, RF3000033 .267
    Joe Mather, RF1000002 .220
Steve Clevenger, C4000002 .242
Darwin Barney, 2B4130000 .265
Luis Valbuena, 3B2000201 .198
Paul Maholm, P2010000 .077
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000012 .270
    Shawn Camp, P0000000 .000
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
   b- Reed Johnson, PH0000100 .307
    James Russell, P0000000 .000
Totals34410356  
a-struck out for Corpas in the 7th
b-walked for Marmol in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alfonso Soriano (22, Wainwright), Darwin Barney 2 (21, Wainwright, Browning)
3B - David DeJesus (7, Wainwright)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (7, Rosenthal)
RBI - Starlin Castro (48), Anthony Rizzo 2 (17)
CS - Anthony Rizzo (2, 2nd base by Wainwright/Molina), Darwin Barney (1, 3rd base by Salas/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Starlin Castro (14, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Paul Maholm 6.2411450 3.74
Manny Corpas (H,3) 0.1000000 3.60
Shawn Camp (BS,3) 1211101 2.75
Carlos Marmol 1000010 4.73
James Russell (W,5-0) 1100010 3.40
IBB - M. Carpenter by Shawn Camp
Pitches-Strikes - Paul Maholm 116-62, Manny Corpas 3-2, Shawn Camp 25-12, Carlos Marmol 11-8, James Russell 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Paul Maholm 8-7, Shawn Camp 2-1, Carlos Marmol 2-0
Batters Faced - Paul Maholm 28, Manny Corpas 1, Shawn Camp 6, Carlos Marmol 3, James Russell 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39534
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Angel Campos