CHICAGO ( Associated Press) – Juan Yepez selected home automatic runner Nolan Gorman to lead the 11th inning, Brendan Donovan doubled in an insurance run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Sunday night.
Yepez hit his tiebreaking hit and Donovan dismissed Daniel Norris (0-4), who played a perfect 10th inning.
Genesis Cabrera (3-1) jumped four innings, including an 11th, to the relief of Adam Wainwright, allowing one run on two hits for the win.
St. Louis won for the sixth time in eight matches and won the rubber of the five-match series. The Cardinals tied it at 3 in the ninth after a 3–2 lead over Chicago in eighth.
Harrison Bader’s second hit of the game was a third to the wall in center field from Rowan Wick, who was ninth. Bader scored on a single by pinch-hitter Lars Knutbar, tied the game and saved Vick his first blow in five chances.
Cubs pinch-hitter PJ Higgins pulled the RBI down the double field line from Cabrera to break the 2-all tie in the eighth. It scored Patrick Wisdom, who had rowed his second double of the game.
Jason Hayward and Frank Schwindell had the RBI on hand to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Nolan Arenado singled out two runs in fifth to tie it.
Paul Goldschmidt cut a pair of infield hits, extending his on-base streak to a career-high 42 games. The NL batting leader has hit safely in straight two after ending a 25-game hit streak in Saturday’s doubleheader opener.
Albert Pujols continues baseball’s all-time list in DH on Sunday. The 42-year-old singled out Wisdom’s Gloves in fourth for his 3,319th hit, placing him ninth on the all-time list alongside Paul Molitor. He also played in his 3,001 games, placing him in eighth place with Cal Ripken Jr.
Cubs rookie Christopher Morrell singled out the middle in the third to extend his career-starting streak to 20 games, expanding the franchise record. Nico Horner hit a double between two hits and scored a run.
Both starts were supposed to work in a seven-innings no-decisions.
Wainwright conceded two runs, scattering nine hits and two walks. He didn’t kill anyone.
Justin Steele restricted St. Louis to two runs off seven hits, earning one. Steele’s solid outing was his longest this season and remains the longest of his career. The left-handed cubs of the second year have not lived since April 9.
The Cubs first took a 1-0 lead on Schwindell’s sack fly.
Horner doubled the line to the left in the fourth and scored on Hayward’s single to make it 2-0.
The Cardinals finished fifth in three consecutive singles, with Arenado’s smashes picking up the pace in the middle.
Wainwright and Yadier Molina made their 315th debuts as Batterymates, the third all-time high in major league history. They are one game behind the Boston/Milwaukee Braves pair of Warren Spahn and Dale Crandall for second place (316).
Chicago returned RHP Caleb Killian in Triple-A Iowa after making his major league debut in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. A top Cubs prospect, Killian allowed three runs and three hits in five innings, while scoring six runs without a decision.
Cardinals: Corey Dickerson was placed on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain, suffering an injury in Saturday’s doubleheader opener. In the same move, RHP Jake Walsh was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. … Manager Oliver Marmol said Tyler O’Neill (right shoulder adjacent) would be reevaluated after the weekend rehab with Memphis. O’Neill took 5 for 13 with a homer in three games. The 26-year-old slugger hit 34 homers with St. Louis in the breakout of the 2021 season. … RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder) was expected to start rehab with Double-A Springfield on Sunday and throw about 45 pitches. … LHP Steven Matz (shoulder injury) threw another bullpen session in St. Louis on Sunday.
Cubs: Manager David Ross said rookie Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) batted in the cage on Sunday and could resume full baseball activities on Tuesday. … Ross said INF Jonathan Willer (mouth injury) could return when the Cubs play in Baltimore on Tuesday. … LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder stretch) threw a bullpen session on Sunday.
Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (4-2, 2.96) starts against Rays LHP Jeffrey Springs (2-2, 1.88) in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (6-0, 1.99) will face Orioles RHP Kyle Bradish (1-3, 6.82) in Baltimore on Tuesday.
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