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When Beltran got back to the dugout, starting pitcher Adam Wainwright showed his appreciation for the timely play.
"I kissed him right on the cheek. I'm not afraid to tell the whole world, either," Wainwright said. "I wanted to kiss him on the mouth. He saved me, he saved the team today."
Beltran hit a tying solo homer in the ninth and Jon Jay doubled in the winning run an inning later as the Cardinals bolstered their bid for another playoff appearance with a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
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St. Louis began the day with a two-game lead over Los Angeles for the second NL wild-card spot. Milwaukee dropped 2½ games off the pace after losing to Washington.
The defending World Series champion Cardinals have 10 games left in the regular season. They bounced back from an agonizing 11-inning loss at Wrigley Field the previous day.
"If we'd have lost that game, I don't think I'd sleep at all tonight," Wainwright said.
Beltran connected for his 30th homer, a one-out shot off Carlos Marmol that wrapped just inside the right-field foul pole. Marmol had been successful on 19 straight save chances dating to May 2.
"It's no secret you're going to get a fastball and you're gonna get a slider," Beltran said. "We were trying to put ourselves in a position to at least score a run. I was able to get a pitch to hit. In my mind, I'm just trying to put myself on the basepaths."
Before Beltran's drive, it appeared the Cardinals were going to blow another game against their arch rival in the most crucial time of the season.
St. Louis lost in dramatic fashion on Friday. Fernando Salas gave up a two-out, two-strike, two-run homer to Darwin Barney in the ninth to send the game to extra innings, and the Cubs won 5-4 in 11 on David DeJesus' RBI single.
Both Boggs and Motte were unavailable.
"It was tough yesterday not putting [Boggs and Motte] in there, but we're gonna have to do that," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "There are gonna be days where someone else has to step up."
On Matheny's 42nd birthday, St. Louis improved to 10-10 in September after going 18-8 in the final month last season, when the Cardinals squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season.
DeJesus' solo homer started a three-run rally in the sixth as Chicago nearly came from behind to knock off the Cardinals for a second straight day.
Travis Wood again failed to win at Wrigley, though he held St. Louis to two earned runs over five innings, striking out seven. He entered with an 0-5 record and a 6.08 ERA over his last seven home starts, but finished with a no-decision when the Cubs rallied.
"Every win counts. We're battling as hard as we can," Wood said. "We played pretty good today. We ended up taking a lead, just couldn't hold them off. That's a good team over there."
All-Star catcher Yadier Molina of the Cardinals left in the ninth with lower back spasms. He exited after trying to get away from a pitch from Marmol that nearly hit him.
"It was more low back. I don't know what it was, it just tightened up on him," Matheny said. "Trying to react at max speed doesn't help, either. Trainers were encouraged, thought it's something we'll be able to take a look at in the morning and adjust from there."
St. Louis stranded 13 batters and missed several chances to take command of the game. James Russell struck out pinch-hitter Shane Robinson with runners on the corners to end the eighth, while Marmol got Tony Cruz to fly out with the go-ahead run on third to end the ninth. Cruz pinch-hit for Molina.
Wainwright is winless over his last five starts. He allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings. He hasn't lost in his last eight starts at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs need to win four of their last 10 games to avoid the third 100-loss season in franchise history and first since 1966.
"We came back. I just loved the way the guys battled the whole game," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Win or lose, the guys are battling and not making it easy on anybody."
|Jon Jay doubles in the winning run in the 10th to help the Cardinals rebound from an extra-inning loss on Friday. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jon Jay, CF||6||0||1||1||0||2||5||.306|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||5||2||2||1||1||2||0||.269|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.298|
|Adron Chambers, PR-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.239|
|Allen Craig, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.308|
|Yadier Molina, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||2||.319|
|a- Tony Cruz, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.248|
|David Freese, 3B||3||0||1||0||2||1||0||.295|
|Daniel Descalso, 2B-SS^2B||4||0||2||0||1||2||1||.223|
|Pete Kozma, SS||2||0||0||1||1||0||1||.244|
|b- Matt Carpenter, PH-2B||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||.299|
|Ryan Jackson, 2B-SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Adam Wainwright, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||5||.127|
|c- Skip Schumaker, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.281|
|d- Shane Robinson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.247|
|Sam Freeman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Rosenthal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitchell Boggs, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|e- Bryan Anderson, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Jason Motte, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Molina in the 9th|
|b-singled for Kozma in the 8th|
|c-announced for Wainwright in the 8th|
|d-struck out for Schumaker in the 8th|
|e-walked for Boggs in the 10th|
|2B - Jon Jay (18, Chapman), Matt Holliday (36, Wood)|
|HR - Carlos Beltran (30, Marmol)|
|SF - Yadier Molina (3)|
|RBI - Jon Jay (35), Carlos Beltran (90), Matt Holliday (98), Yadier Molina (70), Pete Kozma (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jon Jay (13)|
|SB - Adron Chambers (1, 2nd base off Marmol/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Mitchell Boggs (W,4-1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.37|
|Jason Motte (S,39)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2.90|
|IBB - Castro by Adam Wainwright|
|WP - Adam Wainwright (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wainwright 103-66, Sam Freeman 3-3, Trevor Rosenthal 24-17, Mitchell Boggs 6-4, Jason Motte 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wainwright 6-10, Trevor Rosenthal 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wainwright 29, Sam Freeman 1, Trevor Rosenthal 6, Mitchell Boggs 1, Jason Motte 3|
|David DeJesus, CF-RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||2||.266|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.266|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||2||0||.294|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Tony Campana, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|a- Bryan LaHair, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.256|
|Starlin Castro, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.284|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||0||0||1||0||2||1||.276|
|Dave Sappelt, RF-LF||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.268|
|Josh Vitters, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.114|
|Travis Wood, P||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.188|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Michael Bowden, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Adrian Cardenas, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|Shawn Camp, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|James Russell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Marmol, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Luis Valbuena, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.223|
|Jaye Chapman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Campana in the 10th|
|b-lined out for Bowden in the 7th|
|c-singled for Marmol in the 9th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano (32, Wainwright), Starlin Castro (26, Wainwright)|
|HR - David DeJesus (8, Wainwright)|
|SF - Welington Castillo (1)|
|RBI - David DeJesus (49), Welington Castillo (20), Dave Sappelt (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dave Sappelt (4)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|E - Josh Vitters (4, Dropped fly)|
|Michael Bowden (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.38|
|Shawn Camp (H,18)||0.2||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.38|
|James Russell (H,13)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.48|
|Carlos Marmol (BS,3)||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||3.61|
|Jaye Chapman (L,0-1)||1||1||1||1||3||1||0||1.93|
|IBB - Beltran by Jaye Chapman|
|Pitches-Strikes - Travis Wood 99-63, Manny Corpas 17-10, Michael Bowden 15-10, Shawn Camp 21-12, James Russell 7-4, Carlos Marmol 21-12, Jaye Chapman 32-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Travis Wood 3-5, Manny Corpas 1-2, Michael Bowden 1-1, Carlos Marmol 1-1, Jaye Chapman 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Travis Wood 23, Manny Corpas 5, Michael Bowden 3, Shawn Camp 4, James Russell 1, Carlos Marmol 5, Jaye Chapman 7|
|Attendance - 40298|
|Game Time - 3:42|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Victor Carapazza|