Cardinals lose in 10th inning to Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Alfonso Soriano threw up his hands in joy as the

ball caromed off second baseman Tyler Greene and into center field. He

slapped hands with his teammates as they mobbed him near first base.

While the Chicago Cubs celebrated another dramatic victory, the St. Louis Cardinals fumed.


hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Cubs used a

pair of disputed calls to post a 3-2 victory Tuesday night, ending the

Cardinals’ run of 13 consecutive winning series.

“It’s huge,

especially against one of the best teams in the National League, and the

world champions, to win our first series against them is huge,” manager

Dale Sveum said. “To do it in that fashion gives the guys in that

locker room confidence.”

Tony Campana sparked the winning rally

with a one-out single off Fernando Salas (0-1). Campana then broke for

second and was ruled safe in a close call by second base umpire Bill

Welke, who insisted to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny that the speedy

outfielder got his hand on the bag before the tag.

Matheny disagreed, and drew his first ejection.


sit there and watch our guys get short-ended on great plays and not

have something to say about it would be a tragedy,” the first-year

manager said.

After Starlin Castro struck out, Bryan LaHair was

walked intentionally before Soriano hit a full-count pitch off Greene

for the winning hit. Campana scored easily to give the Cubs their second

consecutive dramatic victory against the Cardinals.

“The last

two have been great for the team,” Soriano said. “We need that kind of

emotion and belief. Everybody is believing. We have a very young,

talented team. We have to stay working hard and see what happened.”

James Russell (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning to get the win.


led 1-0 before Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer off Carlos Marmol with

two out in the eighth inning. LaHair then tied it with a leadoff drive

off Marc Rzepczynski in the ninth.

“Just before I went up there,

Dale told me to see the ball up,” LaHair said. “He left the ball up and I

just wanted to hit it hard.”

The Cubs also beat the Cardinals

3-2 on Monday night on Joe Mather’s game-ending, two-run single. They

will go for the three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon.

St. Louis

won its last seven series in the regular season last year, then stormed

through the playoffs to the World Series title. It opened this season

with six more series wins before running into the slumping Cubs, who had

dropped seven of eight before the Cards came to town.

It was St.

Louis’ first series loss since it dropped two of three against

Cincinnati from Sept. 2-4. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the

2002 Braves were the last team to put together a 13-series streak.


Cardinals had just four hits before Holliday drove a 2-2 pitch over the

wall in center for his fourth homer. Rafael Furcal set up the go-ahead

drive with a one-out walk against Rafael Dolis, who retired Skip

Schumaker before Sveum went to his closer with Holliday coming to the


“It was a slider. Got the barrel to it,” Holliday said.

“It would have been nice if that would have been the difference-maker,

but it didn’t turn out to be.”

Chicago nearly wasted a terrific

outing by Jeff Samardzija, who struck out nine in 6 2-3 innings. The

right-hander yielded just four hits and two walks in his second start

against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in 11 days.


allowed one run and six hits over six innings in his best start since he

had elbow-ligament replacement surgery last February, sidelining him

for the 2011 season. The 6-foot-7 right-hander struck out seven and

walked one, but remained winless in four starts this year.


time out there have been little things that I’ve done better and

better,” he said. “Tonight there were certainly things that I did like I

expect to do, like I used to do, and like I’m going to continue to do

them. There are still ways that I can get a lot better than I was


Castro’s disputed sacrifice fly gave the Cubs the lead

in the first. Right fielder Carlos Beltran made a strong throw and Gold

Glove catcher Yadier Molina was right there as David DeJesus stuck his

left arm out while sliding past home on the dugout side, drawing a safe

call from umpire Chris Conroy.

DeJesus clapped his hands and

scurried back to the dugout as Molina popped up and began arguing with

Conroy. Matheny popped out of the dugout and got between Molina and

Conroy before continuing the argument with the umpire. Looking at the TV

replays, it was unclear whether DeJesus ever touched home, but Matheny

eventually left the field after a short argument.

“It’s a shame. That’s all,” Matheny said. “The first run is a shame. The last one was a shame. Those are my thoughts.”


Cardinals 3B David Freese was back in the lineup after he was hit on

the right hand in the fourth inning of Monday’s loss. He stayed in the

game but there was some concern since he missed two days this month with

an irritated finger on the same hand. … The Cubs outrighted RHP

Rodrigo Lopez to Triple-A Iowa. … Beltran turned 35 on Tuesday.