Chicago at St. Louis

Carpenter drives in three; Wacha, Cardinals defeat Cubs wire reports

ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha doesn't mind a little bad weather.

Wacha had to wait out yet another lengthy rain delay, Matt Carpenter drove in three runs and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Sunday.

St. Louis took two of three from the Cubs and has won four of six. Chicago has lost three of four.

Rain has figured in all three of Wacha's starts this season. He actually seemed to embrace a third-inning downpour that halted play against the Cubs for 46 minutes.

"I'm used to it," he said. "You just have to accept it and you've got to stay focused. I tried to stay loose and just keep my mind in what I needed to do."

Wacha's first start of the season was delayed before first pitch by 2 hours, 40 minutes. He endured a short 12-minute delay at the outset of his second outing.

Wacha (2-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday. He gave up a two-run homer to Anthony Rizzo on the 16th pitch of the game, but yielded only one run on three hits the rest of the way. He struck out eight and walked one.

"At the start, I was a little erratic, but I was able to settle down a little bit," he said. "I got some quick innings and some quick outs."

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny says Wacha has the mental makeup to handle lengthy or short delays.

"He's strong and he knows what to do out there," Matheny said. "He keeps a good focus. I felt like his curveball was a lot better after the delay."

Carpenter hit a two-run single in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the fourth that put St. Louis ahead to stay at 4-3. He is tied with Yadier Molina for the team lead with nine RBI.

"It felt good to get the job done," Carpenter said. "When you get up in those situations, you just try and put a good at-bat up there and I thought I did that."

Trevor Rosenthal gave up a run in the ninth, but retired Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio with the tying runs on base to pick up his fourth save in four opportunities.

Chicago starter Edwin Jackson (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked three in a grueling 114-pitch effort.

"I didn't feel too bad," Jackson said. "I threw a lot of pitches. I was behind in a lot of counts. They were aggressive, that's a good hitting team."

Jhonny Peralta highlighted a two-run eighth with an RBI double that put St. Louis up 6-3.

Rizzo got his club started with his second home run of the season.

"I just got extended," Rizzo said. "I was lucky enough to get the barrel on it."

After Carpenter singled in two runs in the second, he stole second and scored on Kolten Wong's single for a 3-2 lead.

The Cubs tied the game in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Welington Castillo.

Carpenter then gave St. Louis the lead for good with a sacrifice fly to left that brought in Peter Bourjos, who began the fourth inning with a triple.

"We did the things we had to at the right times to win," Carpenter said.

Trailing 4-3, Mike Olt led off the Cubs seventh with a double off Wacha. Castillo struck out and reliever Kevin Siegrist retired Darwin Barney and Bonifacio to end the threat.

Siegrist retired all five batters he faced.

"We had some chances, just couldn't get hits at the right time," Rizzo said.


The Cubs are winless in their past nine series. Their last series victory came in September when they won two of three in Cincinnati. .... St. Louis begins a 10-game road trip Monday with the first of a three-game set in Milwaukee. Lance Lynn (2-0, 6.55 ERA) takes on Matt Garza (0-1, 2.57) in the opener. ... The Cubs conclude a five-game road trip with two games against the New York Yankees. Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63) faces Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21) in the first game on Tuesday. .... St. Louis C Yadier Molina has 11 hits in his past 22 at-bats, including two hits on Sunday.

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St. Louis' Peter Bourjos slides in safely past Welington Castillo on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.  (USATSI)
St. Louis' Peter Bourjos slides in safely past Welington Castillo on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. (USATSI)

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   Luis Valbuena, 2B1000002 .208
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2B - Mike Olt (1, Wacha)
3B - Junior Lake (1, Rosenthal)
HR - Anthony Rizzo (2, Wacha)
RBI - Anthony Rizzo 2 (8), Mike Olt (5), Welington Castillo (6)
2-OUT RBI - Welington Castillo (6)
CS - Justin Ruggiano (1, 2nd base by Wacha/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Castro-Bonifacio-Rizzo, Castro-Bonifacio-Rizzo-Bonifacio-Castro-Rizzo
E - Mike Olt (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
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Blake Parker 0.2322000 27.00
Wesley Wright 0.1000000 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 114-71, James Russell 16-9, Blake Parker 23-13, Wesley Wright 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 6-5, James Russell 1-1, Blake Parker 1-2
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 27, James Russell 3, Blake Parker 6, Wesley Wright 1
St. Louis Cardinals
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Kolten Wong, 2B4021000 .279
Matt Holliday, LF2020200 .250
Matt Adams, 1B4000004 .326
Yadier Molina, C4120012 .340
Allen Craig, RF3210111 .122
Jhonny Peralta, SS4121001 .111
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Michael Wacha, P2000022 .000
   Kevin Siegrist, P0000000 .000
   a-Jon Jay, PH1000002 .188
   Trevor Rosenthal, P0000000 .000
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2B - Jhonny Peralta (1, Parker)
3B - Peter Bourjos (1, Jackson)
SF - Matt Carpenter (2)
SH - Michael Wacha (2)
RBI - Matt Carpenter 3 (9), Kolten Wong (4), Jhonny Peralta (5), Peter Bourjos (2)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Carpenter 2 (3), Kolten Wong (3)
SB - Matt Carpenter (1, 2nd base off Jackson/Castillo)
CS - Matt Holliday (1, 2nd base by Russell/Castillo)
Team LOB - 7
E - Matt Carpenter (1, Misplayed grounder)
St. Louis Cardinals
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Kevin Siegrist (H,3) 1.2000020 5.79
Trevor Rosenthal (S,4) 1211010 7.36
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Pitches-Strikes - Michael Wacha 92-63, Kevin Siegrist 20-12, Trevor Rosenthal 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Wacha 4-7, Trevor Rosenthal 1-1
Batters Faced - Michael Wacha 26, Kevin Siegrist 5, Trevor Rosenthal 6
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Attendance - 44135
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Gabe Morales, Third Base - Mike Estabrook