Lee, Cubs clobber Cardinals 9-7

Posted: 16/08/2010 in MLB

Cubs hold on to down Cards

Marlon Byrd capped a six-run fourth inning with an RBI single, as the Chicago Cubs held off the St. Louis Cardinals, 9-7, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Derrek  Lee hit  a pair  of solo  homers for  the Cubs,  who won  back-to-back contests  for the  first time  since beating  the Cardinals  at Wrigley  Field on July 23 and 24. The first baseman hit a homer in every game of this series.

Koyie  Hill  hit a  two-run double for  Chicago, which got  an RBI apiece from Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, and Ryan Dempster.

Dempster  (11-8) went  6 2/3 innings, allowing  two runs on five hits. He also struck out six and walked two to improve to 7-7 over 44 career appearances (18 starts) against St. Louis.

“To  be able  to come away with a  ‘W’, it was nice,” Dempster said. “It was a good  series, it was a good road trip for us. We went 1-3 in San Francisco and had  a chance to  win every single game, and we came here and won two of three against a really tough team.”

Albert  Pujols and Steven Hill each hit solo homers for the Cardinals, who now trail  the Reds by one game in the NL Central after Cincinnati beat Florida on Sunday.

With  his 30th home run of the season, Pujols became the first player to reach that total in each of his first 10 major league seasons.

“Three  things he’s  the most famous for,  which are 30 home runs, 100 RBI and .300  (batting average), that’s the least remarkable thing about Albert,” said Cardinals  manager Tony La Russa. “He’s a line drive hitter who hits home runs
—  30 line drives  go out of the park. The most remarkable thing about Albert is that over 162 games, he hits .300 and drive in 100 runs.”

Kyle  Lohse  (1-5), pitching  for the first  time since May  22, got rocked in three-plus  innings,  giving up seven  runs on  six hits. The right-hander had been on the 60-day disabled list due to forearm surgery.

Trailing 9-2, St. Louis attempted to come back in the home ninth. Hill led off the  frame  by hitting  a homer  during his second  MLB at-bat. Nick Stavinoha singled, Aaron Miles singled, and Brendan Ryan walked to load the bases.

James  Russell took over on the hill for Marcos Mateo. After striking out Skip Schumaker,  Russell walked  Jon Jay  to force  in a  run. That  brought Carlos Marmol  in  from the bullpen.  Pinch-hitter Felipe  Lopez hit a two-run single before  Randy Winn walked  to load the bases. Allen Craig plated a run when he grounded  out  to make it  9-7. Hill, though, grounded  out to give Marmol his 21st save of the season.

The  Cubs  went ahead 1-0  in the top  of the first  on Lee’s two-out homer to center.  Pujols, though, tied  the contest in the home first with a blast over the wall in right-center.

Lee  cleared  the center-field wall  again in the third  to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

A  six-run  fourth made  it 8-1  Cubs. Byrd singled,  Xavier Nady singled, and Blake  DeWitt walked  to load the bases  with nobody out. Hill followed with a two-run double to right-center field. Dempster then hit an RBI single, chasing Lohse from the game.

Mike  MacDougal  took over on  the mound and Fukudome  greeted him with a run- scoring double. A wild pitch plated Dempster. Byrd added an RBI base hit later in the frame.

Schumaker’s  RBI single in the fifth cut the gap to six. The Cubs, though, got the run back in the ninth on Ramirez’s run-scoring single.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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