Two RBIs for Molina as Cardinals win series opener against Cubs

News-DemocratJune 17, 2013 

— Yadier Molina stroked a two-run double in the fourth inning and Shelby Miller worked five scoreless innings before leaving with leg cramps Monday in the St. Louis Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs before 44,172 at Busch Stadium.

How it went

Carlos Beltran singled against left-hander Travis Wood (5-6) to lead off the fourth. Matt Holliday followed with a single off the glove of second baseman Darwin Barney. Allen Craig flied out to right as Beltran took third. Molina then plugged the gap in right-center to make it 2-0. Molina singled and went to second on a hit by David Freese in the seventh, also against Wood. Jon Jay's sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third for Pete Kozma, whose grounder to the left of third was fielded on a dive by Luis Valbuena. But Valbuena's throw to first got away from Anthony Rizzo. Molina broke home, then retreated to third. Rizzo's throw to the plate sailed over catcher Welington Castillo. The ball caromed off the backstop to Castillo, who flipped to Wood covering the plate. The throw beat Molina, but umpire D.J. Reyburn ruled Molina slid under Wood's tag. Cubs manager Dale Sveum argued the call and was ejected. The next batter, pinch-hitter Shane Robinson, hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Freese, who had advanced to third on Rizzo's error. The teams traded eighth-inning runs before Darwin Barney homered with two outs in the ninth against Edward Mujica to make it a three-run game.

By the numbers

Miller (8-4) allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out five. ... Molina, Holliday and Kozma had six of the Cardinals' eight hits. ... Mujica recorded the last four outs for his 20th saves in 20 opportunities. ... Rookies Kevin Siegrist and Seth Maness blanked the Cubs in the sixth and seventh. ... The start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 59 minutes.

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