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Molina lifts Cards to 3-2 win over Cubs in 10 innings

Molina lifts Cards to 3-2 win over Cubs in 10 innings

ST. LOUIS — Cardinals manager Mike Shildt had one thought when he saw Yadier Molina striding to home plate in the 10th inning: Game over.Molina doubled home the winning run against All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.“I think right there the game’s over,” Shildt said. “That’s the first thing that goes in my head. I’m sitting there and thinking it’s time to go home. He was locked in. He’s a tough player.”Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson each hit an RBI double in the seventh to put St. Louis ahead 2-1.Bader also robbed Willson Contreras of an early two-run homer.“The defense behind me tonight was outstanding,” Wainwright said. “Those guys played a really good game. Their guy did a good job, too, so it was a good win. Last night was a tough loss. We just couldn’t lose this one. The clubhouse is rocking right now.”Chicago tied it in the ninth on pinch-hitter Eric Sogard’s run-scoring double off Giovanny Gallegos.Paul Goldschmidt started the bottom of the 10th as the automatic runner on second base. Nolan Arenado drew a walk from Kimbrel (1-3), who got the final out in the ninth for the Cubs. Molina then hit a drive to right field for a ground-rule double and his ninth career game-ending hit.Anthony Rizzo began the top of the 10th on second and went to third on a single by Javier Baez that chased John Gant. But on a forceout at second, Rizzo stopped halfway down the line and was tagged out in a rundown for a double play.“It looked like he just froze there,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We left some guys on earlier in the game. We shouldn’t have even been in that situation, to be honest with you.”Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa started the play.“I was running through scenarios in my head before the play,” Sosa said through a translator. “What can I do if the ball gets hit to me? I saw that Rizzo wasn’t breaking immediately. I went over to second base by myself. I peeked again and saw he was a little bit further down the line and it was at the point of no return at that point. I had to go home so we could get Rizzo.”T.J. McFarland (1-0) earned his first win with the Cardinals.After the Cubs tied it in the ninth, Gant came in and hit two batters with pitches to load the bases before getting Rizzo to ground out.St. Louis went ahead 2-1 in the seventh when the Cardinals chased starter Kyle Hendricks, who has won 10 straight decisions.“Kyle was great tonight,” Ross said. “I thought it was another great performance from him. He’s been as good and as steady as anybody.”Paul DeJong hit a slow roller in front of the plate and went to second on a throwing error by catcher Contreras. With one out, Bader hit a double to left that scored DeJong.“I play with my heart,” Bader said. “It’s a matter of keeping things simple. I’m so happy to be out there playing baseball with my teammates. I think there’s a lot of good things ahead of us.”Bader, who went 3 for 4, has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games while notching five multi-hit efforts in his last seven games.“He understands what kind of player he needs to be,” Shildt said. “He’s a talented kid.”Andrew Chafin entered and got a flyout before Carlson doubled in Bader.The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the third when Rafael Ortega tripled home Nico Hoerner with one out.“We left 12 guys on base,” Hoerner said. “In a low-scoring game, that’s significant. I had a couple of at-bats with runners in scoring position. Each guy in the locker room feels we were one pitch from turning the game around.”BATTERYMATESWainwright and Molina made their 292nd career start as batterymates, which is fourth all-time (since record-keeping began in 1908) in major league history. The pair is 14 games behind the Chicago White Sox duo of Red Faber and Ray Schalk for third place.EJECTEDShildt was ejected before the sixth inning began. Carlson was called out on strikes with runners on second and third by plate umpire Jeff Nelson to end the fifth. An upset Carlson voiced his displeasure with the call. Shildt came out and was sent to the clubhouse for the third time this season and the eighth time in his career.“I took a nap,” Shildt quipped about how he spent the rest of the game.HIT BY PITCHCardinals pitchers plunked five batters in the game, including three in the ninth inning. That raised St. Louis’ total to an MLB-leading 72 hit batters.HITTING STREAKGoldschmidt extended his season-best hitting streak to 16 games with a double in the first inning. It’s the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a Cardinals player since Molina’s 16-game run in April 2019.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Kris Bryant (hamstring fatigue) remained out of the lineup. Bryant was removed in the fifth inning Wednesday after he made a diving catch in the third. He could potentially return Thursday. … 3B David Bote (left shoulder dislocation) will resume his rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after getting a day off Wednesday.Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (forearm) is set to make a rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Memphis in Louisville. … RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (shoulder) is slated to pitch one inning Thursday for Memphis.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Adbert Alzolay (4-9, 4.59 ERA) will make his 17th start of the season Thursday and second against St. Louis. He is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.Cardinals: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (5-5, 2.87) has not allowed a run in 21 innings, the longest streak by a St. Louis pitcher this year. Kim, who has won four straight starts, went six innings to beat the Cubs 6-0 at Wrigley Field on July 10.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

DeJong homers, Cards break away in 7th to beat D-Backs 7-1

DeJong homers, Cards break away in 7th to beat D-Backs 7-1

Paul DeJong homered to cap a six-run burst in the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals broke away from the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1By WARREN MAYES Associated PressJune 29, 2021, 5:01 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong homered to cap a six-run burst in the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals pulled away from the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-1 Monday night.“We were able to break through,” said St. Louis manager Mike Shildt, who picked up his 200th career win.St. Louis had lost six of seven before beating the team with baseball’s worst record. The Diamondbacks, who have won just once on the road since April 25, have lost 22 of 24 overall.It was 1-all when Edmundo Sosa opened the St. Louis seventh with a double off reliever Alex Young (2-6) and moved up on a sacrifice. Dylan Carlson hit a line drive just out of the reach of drawn-in second baseman Eduardo Escobar for a go-ahead single.“I shortened up and got the job done,” Carlson said. “To get rewarded is really nice. We’d like to see that keep going. Hopefully it keeps rolling. It was a great inning for us. We’re all just trying to get the job done.”Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single, Yadier Molina hit a two-run double with two outs and DeJong followed with a two-run homer.Giovanny Gallegos (5-1), the fifth of seven Cardinal pitchers, went one inning.“I don’t think too much. I stay in the moment,” Gallegos said “ I try to get the hitters out and help the team win games.”Carlson hit an RBI triple in the third for 1-0 lead. Right fielder Pavin Smith tried to make a diving catch on the ball and it rolled to the wall for Carlson’s third triple this season.“He’s continued to take good at-bats. He’s a guy who plays the game a little beyond his years,” Shildt said. “He understands what is called for. He’s a player with great awareness. He doesn’t give at-bats away.”The Diamondbacks tied it when Josh Rojas homered in the fifth to chase Wade LeBlanc.The 36-year-old LeBlanc pitched 4 1/3 innings in making his first National League start since 2013 when he was with Miami. He took the rotation spot of John Gant, who was moved to the bullpen.“Be aggressive and throw strikes and get the offense back out there to swing some sticks,” LeBlanc said. “I was prepared to go until they took the ball from me.”HIT BY PITCHLeBlanc hit a batter in the first inning. That increased St. Louis’ MLB-leading total to 57. The Cubs are a distant second with 45.ROSTER MOVESDiamondbacks: Recalled RHP Humberto Castellanos from Triple-A Reno. The rookie has made five appearances this season, posting a 3.24 ERA and striking out eight in 8 1/3 innings.Cardinals: Selected the contract of rookie RHP Roel Ramírez from Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie LHP Brandon Waddell from Memphis. The team also optioned pitchers Seth Elledge and Jake Woodford to Memphis and designated first baseman John Nogowski for assignment. Waddell made his MLB debut by pitching in the ninth inning. After giving up a leadoff walk, he retired the side.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF/INF Ketel Marte (strained left hamstring) was placed on 10-day injured list retro to June 27. The 27-year-old Marte also was on the injured list from April 8-May 18 with a right hamstring strain.Cardinals: CF Harrison Bader (right rib hairline fracture) is headed to Memphis for the next step of his rehab assignment. After playing at Low-A Palm Beach, Bader came back to St. Louis and had a re-evaluation Monday. Bader is likely to return sometime this week. … Reliever Kodi Whitley (back spasms) will begin a rehab assignment with Springfield on Tuesday.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Caleb Smith (2-3, 3.03) allowed one run in six innings in his last start against Milwaukee. He made a relief appearance against St. Louis on May 26 and allowed no earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martínez (3-9, 6.78), who has a five-game losing streak, is 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in seven career starts against the Diamondbacks.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Wainwright helps Cardinals end 5-game skid, tops Pirates 3-1

Wainwright helps Cardinals end 5-game skid, tops Pirates 3-1

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong hit solo home runs and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a five-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Saturday.The 39-year-old Wainwright (6-5) again stepped up as the Cardinals’ stopper. Since June 9, he has broken St. Louis skids of six, three, two and five games.“When things are going bad, you have to keep fighting,” Wainwright said. “You have to expect things to turn around. When you give up is when it doesn’t turn around. We have quality big league players who have won before. When you stop believing is when it’s not possible.”Wainwright allowed one run and six hits, and was pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. He struck out eight and walked one.“I like going out and pitching and competing. I like having something on the line,” Wainwright said. “I seem to excel in those situations most of the time. I like those spots. I like pressure. I get along great with pressure. If you’re not used to pressure, this is the wrong occupation for you. We needed a win today.”Now in his 16th major league season, he has gone into the seventh inning in eight of his last 12 starts. Wainwright improved to 18-7 in 43 career outings against the Pirates, including 38 starts.“We saw the breaking ball. He was able to execute it ahead of and behind in the count,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said about Wainwright. “That’s what gave us a little bit of fits. He did a nice job of keeping us off balanced. This guy continues to redeem himself. It’s a credit to him on how he takes care of himself. It’s extremely impressive.”Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. Reyes had a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 18 opportunities.“The guys were in the right spots and they brought it home,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.JT Brubaker (4-7) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings.“He did not have hit best stuff today,” Shelton said. “ Gave up two solo homers. He had to battle throughout the entire game. The fact that he was able to give us six innings and that’s a another sign this guy is going to be a good major league starter.”Yadier Molina had two hits and drove in the other St. Louis run.The Cardinals entered the game having dropped seven of eight and 18 of their past 24 games. The win snapped a 10-game losing streak to NL Central teams.DeJong, back in the starting lineup after not playing Friday, put St. Louis ahead 2-0 with a solo home run in the second inning. The Cardinals scored in the first inning on a two-out RBI single by Molina.“I’m just trying to help my team whenever I can,” DeJong said. “We got it done today and it feels good. I’m looking to drive the ball. It’s in my natural ability. I don’t have to do anything extra.”Pittsburgh cut the lead to 2-1 when Gregory Polanco led off the fourth with a home run.Goldschmidt, who also singled and drew a walk, hit a 470-foot homer to center field in the fifth.“I hit it good and it carried out there,” Goldschmidt said. “We’re trying to find a way to score some runs and win some games.”In his previous at-bat, Goldschmidt just missed a homer as he flied out to the wall.“That was just a four-seamer up and away,” Brubaker said about the home-run pitch to Goldschmidt. “He ambushed it. I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t just trying to lay a fastball in there, either. It was more of a surprising swing that he just hopped on. ”BATTERY MATESWainwright and Molina made their 288th career start as batterymates, fourth all-time since records were kept starting in 1908. Red Faber and Ray Schalk of the White Sox are third at 306.TOUGH CATCHWith his back to home, 3B Nolan Arenado ran along the line into left field, twisted and caught Polanco’s fly as he fell to the ground in fair territory in the eighth inning with a runner on second base.“Huge play in a huge spot,” Wainwright said about Arenado’s catch. “That could have been a double and one-run game. A big-time play by a big-time player. He makes our jaws drop every day. He’s amazing. I’m glad he’s on our team.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Trevor Cahill (left calf strain) has been slow to progress, the club said. He has not resumed throwing yet.Cardinals: INF Edmundo Sosa was not in the lineup. He left the game Friday night with cramps in the sixth inning. … CF Harrison Bader (right rib hairline fracture) started Friday in center, batted leadoff and went 1 for 3 in five innings at Single-A Palm Beach. Bader, 27, has missed 29 games since he was hurt May 24. Bader will stay through the weekend with Palm Beach. He will have a reevaluation Monday.UP NEXTPirates: RHP Max Kranick will be activated from Triple-A Indianapolis and will make his MLB debut. Kranick, 23, has made four starts with Indianapolis after a late May promotion..Cardinals: RHP Johan Oviedo (0-2, 4.58 ERA) has one career start against Pittsburgh. He took a 2-0 loss last Aug. 27 in what was his second career start.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports