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CHICAGO -- Darwin Barney is having quite a month.
Barney spoiled Chris Carpenter's season debut with a two-run, game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, and David DeJesus hit a game-ending single in the 11th to help the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Friday.
Alberto Cabrera (1-1) struck out two in a perfect 11th to earn his first career victory.
The Cardinals entered Friday with a 2½-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card spot.
Carpenter threw five effective innings and was in line for the win until Barney launched a 1-2 pitch off of reliever Fernando Salas into the left field bleachers.
"I'm just trying to get Rizzo up," Barney said. "Fortunately, he threw me another fastball and I got to it. I was worried about the wind, that the wind was gonna knock it down, but it went."
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The Cardinals' regular closer, Jason Motte, had pitched three days in a row and four out of the last five.
Barney has 25 hits in September, matching his highest output of any month this season, with eight games yet to play. The 26-year-old is hitting .352 this month.
"I feel like there's some times where I've gone through periods of adjustments and I'm not really helping out the offense that much," Barney said. "It's one of those things where we're working on finding an approach I can stick with and take into the offseason and work on it, and hopefully come in and stick with one thing next year."
Carpenter threw 77 pitches in his debut, with a light rain falling throughout the game. The 37-year-old allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked one.
"My stuff wasn't as sharp as I'd like and it wasn't as sharp as it's been in the simulated games," Carpenter said. "It was fun to get back out there. Hopefully my stuff will get better and sharper as I get out there more often."
"This is something to build off."
Carpenter went 4-0 in the 2011 postseason, but hadn't pitched since winning Game 7 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers. He had surgery July 19 to relieve a nerve ailment that caused numbness up and down the right side of his body.
Adding his experienced arm to the rotation boosts the Cardinals' playoff push. The Brewers open a weekend series Friday night against the Washington Nationals, who clinched a playoff berth Thursday.
"Good to have him back out there and obviously he did exactly what we thought he'd do, he competed and made some good pitches and gave us a chance to win," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Carpenter.
Carpenter held the Cubs scoreless through the first two innings, allowing three baserunners, but the aggressive Chicago bats jumped on him in a two-run third inning.
DeJesus, who had four hits, led off the third with a triple and Barney followed with an RBI single. Two batters later, Alfonso Soriano doubled to the left field corner to tie the game at 2-2.
Carpenter retired eight of the last nine batters he faced after Soriano's double.
"I'm sure Carpenter will tell you it wasn't his best stuff," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "I've obviously seen him with much better stuff and sharpness to everything. I think he got away with a lot of things."
St. Louis regained the lead in the fourth on a botched suicide squeeze play. Kozma led off with a triple, and was credited with stealing home when catcher Welington Castillo was unable to handle a high-and-tight pitch that Daniel Descalso offered at but could not lay down.
It was the Cardinals' first straight steal of home since Kerry Robinson in 2002.
Descalso tacked on an insurance run with an eighth-inning double to chase home Matt Carpenter.
Cubs starter Chris Volstad allowed three runs in five innings of work. He gave up six hits and walked three.
|David DeJesus (left) is the hero after hitting a game-ending single in the 11th to spoil Chris Carpenter's season debut. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||6||1||2||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||5||1||0||0||0||2||3||.267|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||0||1||0||2||1||0||.298|
|Allen Craig, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.307|
|Yadier Molina, C||4||0||1||1||1||0||3||.321|
|Matt Carpenter, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||4||.296|
|Pete Kozma, SS||4||1||1||0||1||1||4||.256|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.220|
|Chris Carpenter, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Bryan Anderson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Shelby Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sam Freeman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- David Freese, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.295|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Salas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Skip Schumaker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Joe Kelly, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.152|
|a-flied out for Carpenter in the 6th|
|b-was walked intentionally for Rosenthal in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Salas in the 10th|
|2B - Jon Jay (17, Volstad), Matt Holliday (35, Volstad), Daniel Descalso (10, Russell)|
|3B - Pete Kozma (3, Volstad)|
|SF - Allen Craig (7)|
|SH - Carlos Beltran (1)|
|RBI - Allen Craig (87), Yadier Molina (69), Daniel Descalso (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yadier Molina (30)|
|SB - Pete Kozma (2, off Volstad/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Craig|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Shelby Miller (H,1)||0.2||2||0||0||0||0||0||2.70|
|Sam Freeman (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||5.71|
|Trevor Rosenthal (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.57|
|Edward Mujica (H,28)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.19|
|Fernando Salas (BS,3)||1||2||2||2||0||1||1||4.26|
|Joe Kelly (L,5-7)||1.2||2||1||1||0||2||0||3.62|
|HBP - Castillo (by Chris Carpenter)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Carpenter 74-46, Shelby Miller 13-8, Sam Freeman 25-20, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1, Edward Mujica 16-10, Fernando Salas 14-11, Joe Kelly 25-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Carpenter 4-9, Shelby Miller 1-1, Fernando Salas 2-0, Joe Kelly 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Carpenter 22, Shelby Miller 4, Sam Freeman 4, Trevor Rosenthal 1, Edward Mujica 3, Fernando Salas 5, Joe Kelly 7|
|David DeJesus, CF||6||2||4||1||0||0||0||.266|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||5||2||2||3||0||0||1||.268|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||2||.295|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||3||.259|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.284|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.220|
|Welington Castillo, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.282|
|Brett Jackson, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.168|
|Dave Sappelt, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.263|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.185|
|Miguel Socolovich, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Bryan LaHair, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.257|
|b- Josh Vitters, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.107|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Tony Campana, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.260|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alberto Cabrera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Steve Clevenger, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.206|
|a-announced for Socolovich in the 6th|
|b-struck out for LaHair in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Camp in the 9th|
|d-flied out for Cabrera in the 11th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano (31, Carpenter)|
|3B - David DeJesus (8, Carpenter)|
|HR - Darwin Barney (7, Salas)|
|SH - Dave Sappelt (1)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (48), Darwin Barney 3 (43), Alfonso Soriano (104)|
|2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (19), Darwin Barney 2 (21)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Alberto Cabrera (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||5.30|
|IBB - Freese by James Russell|
|HBP - Holliday (by Chris Volstad)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 116-68, Miguel Socolovich 14-9, Michael Bowden 14-10, James Russell 26-16, Shawn Camp 9-8, Carlos Marmol 16-8, Alberto Cabrera 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 6-9, James Russell 1-0, Shawn Camp 2-1, Carlos Marmol 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 25, Miguel Socolovich 3, Michael Bowden 4, James Russell 6, Shawn Camp 3, Carlos Marmol 4, Alberto Cabrera 3|
|Attendance - 29100|
|Game Time - 4:01|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Victor Carapazza, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Dan Iassogna|