ST. LOUIS — Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom belted back-to-back home runs in a four-run first inning against Adam Wainwright on Tuesday to power the Chicago Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals before 44,139 at Busch Stadium.
How it went
Wainwright (10-4) retired the first two Cubs hitters in the first. But Nate Schierholtz doubled to left and scored on Alfonso Soriano's double to left-center that made it 1-0. Sweeney followed with a two-run homer to right before Ransom homered to left. Carlos Beltran's 17th homer of the season, against Jeff Samardzija (4-7), caromed off the right-field foul pole and made it 4-1 in the sixth. The Cardinals got an RBI single from Yadier Molina in the ninth, but David Freese hit into a controversial 4-3 double play against Kevin Gregg to end the game. Second-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth ruled that Cardinals pinch-runner Shane Robinson went out of the baseline to disrupt shortstop Starlin Castro before Castro was able to make a relay throw to first.
By the numbers
Wainwright fell to 6-6 in his career against the Cubs and has not defeated them since Sept. 24, 2010. ... Molina was 3-for-3 and lifted his average to an NL-best .363. ... Wainwright, who walked none and struck out three, retired 15 of 16 batters after Ransom's home run. ... The Cardinals grounded into three double plays, three of them by Freese. ... Gregg posted his 10th save in 10 opportunities. ... St. Louis was unable to climb 21 games above .500 for the first time this season. ... Samardzija allowed two runs (earned) in 8 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out six.