Cardinals hammer Gregg in 9th for 10-6 win over Cubs
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 14, 2013 11:28PM
Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano reacts to striking out during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago, Sunday, July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Two National League All-Star pitchers headlined at Wrigley Field Sunday night and neither was involved in the finish.
St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright worked seven innings while Cubs All-Star starter Travis Wood went 5 2/3, but each ended up with a no-decision.
The game that had been close through eight innings was decided in the ninth when the Cardinals scored four off Cubs closer Kevin Gregg (2-2) for the 10-6 victory.
The outcome in front of 35,178 meant a split of the four-game series.
Wood left trailing 3-1 but was off the hook for a loss thanks to a Darwin Barney three-run homer in the sixth giving the Cubs a brief 4-3 lead.
The Cubs trailed 6-4 in the eighth when Cardinals closer Edward Mujica (2-1) couldn’t get the last out in the eighth, instead giving up a two-run double to pinch hitter Cody Ransom tying the game at 6-6. That took the victory from Wainwright.
Gregg gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth when Carlos Beltran doubled and took third when right fielder Dave Sappelt slipped fielding the ball. Allen Craig singled to drive him home.
Yadier Molina put the game out of reach with a three-run homer.
Barney drove in four runs off Wainwright with an RBI single in the second and the three-run homer in the sixth. He also singled in the eighth.
The Cubs lead was short-lived as the Cardinals scored two off Matt Guerrier in the seventh and added a run in the eighth off Blake Parker. That run by David Freese scored when Anthony Rizzo cut off a throw just in front of home from Alfonso Soriano that might have made the play close.
Wood fell one out short of his 18th quality start, exiting in the sixth with two outs and two men on. Pedro Strop got the last out but the Cubs still trailed 3-1 until Barney’s homer took Wood off the hook.
Wood will make his first All-Star appearance Tuesday in New York’s Citi Field while Wainwright will be attending his second.
The Cardinals had 10 hits off Wood, but he held them to three runs, walking three and striking out only one.
The Cubs hit only 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position before Barney’s home run. They stranded Starlin Castro at third in the first after his one-out triple. Luis Valbuena doubled leading the third but didn’t score.
Barney’s two-out single in the second scored Sappelt after his two-out double.
The Cubs go into the All-Star break at 42-51 while the Cardinals at 57-36 take a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL Central lead.