National League Game Summary - St. Louis at Chicago|
(Tuesday, April 24th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, St. Louis 2 (10 innings)
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - For the second consecutive night, the Chicago
Cubs have beaten the reigning World Series champions in walk-off fashion.
Tony Campana scored the winning run on Alfonso Soriano's single in the bottom
of the 10th inning and the Cubs posted another 3-2 win over the St. Louis
St. Louis took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth before southpaw
Marc Rzepczynski gave up a leadoff home run to left-handed swinging Bryan
LaHair, who crushed the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center.
Chicago had failed to homer in each of its last nine games, the longest such
stretch since a 10-game drought from June 30-July 13, 2007.
"It was nice to see another great at-bat [by LaHair], a nice swing on the
ball," said Chicago manager Dale Sveum.
Rzepczynski retired the next two batters before Darwin Barney reached on
Rafael Furcal's fielding error and Geovany Soto followed with a single.
Fernando Salas (0-1) replaced Rzepczynski and struck out pinch-hitter Joe
Mather, who won Monday's series opener with a two-out, two-run single in the
Campana hit a one-out single off Salas in the 10th and was ruled safe on a
stolen base. St. Louis manager Mike Matheny was ejected for arguing the play
at second base.
After Starlin Castro, who opened the scoring with a first-inning sacrifice
fly, went down swinging, Salas intentionally walked LaHair before Soriano
hit a sharp ground ball that deflected off second baseman Tyler Greene and
into center field, giving the Cubs their first series win of the season.
Soriano had three hits for Chicago, which will look to complete a three-game
sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija scattered four hits, walked two and struck out
nine in 6 2/3 innings. James Russell (1-0) earned the win with a flawless
Matt Holliday clubbed a two-run homer off Carlos Marmol in the eighth for the
Cardinals, who had won 13 regular-season series in a row.
St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched his best game since returning
from Tommy John surgery. In six full frames, he gave up six hits, walked one
and fanned seven.
"There's still ways I can get a lot better than I was tonight, but my hook
came back tonight, threw my off-speed well and threw my fastball where I
wanted to for the most part," Wainwright said.
Furcal walked twice and scored his 1,000th career run on Holliday's two-out
blast...Castro ended 0-for-4 to snap an 11-game hitting streak...Both teams
left nine men on base.
04/25 01:33:47 ET