ST. LOUIS — Rookie pinch-hitter Greg Garcia was hit by a pitch from Justin Grimm with the bases loaded in the 12th inning Tuesday night, forcing in the winning run as the St. Louis Cardinals outlasted the Chicago Cubs 4-3.
The game lasted 4 hours, 39 minutes. Only a fraction of the announced crowd of 43,627 witnessed the final play.
Jhonny Peralta opened the 12th with a single to right against Grimm (1-2). After Matt Holliday fouled out to first, Grimm walked Allen Craig and Yadier Molina to load the bases.
Garcia, batting for Seth Maness (1-2), fell behind in the count 1-2 before Grimm's up-and-in delivery nicked Garcia in the upper part of his right arm. It was Garcia's first career RBI.
"We'll take it any we can get it," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We had some guys pitching who gave us a chance and we finally got a couple of at-bats working, guys getting on base. ... Then we needed a little help."
The victory, which came one night after the Cardinals were humiliated by the Cubs 17-5, evened their record at 20-20.
The Cardinals had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Chicago scored a ninth-inning run against Trevor Rosenthal.
Rosenthal, who had been 10-for-10 in save opportunities, allowed a one-out single to Junior Lake and a walk to Darwin Barney.
Pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan struck out looking, but Emilio Bonifacio dumped a single into right to score Lake with the tying run.
A two-run sixth by the Cardinals had Adam Wainwright in line for what would have been his National League-leading seventh win. But Rosenthal's first blown save gave Wainwright a no-decision.
Matt Carpenter's RBI fielder's choice and Peralta's RBI single, both against reliever Wesley Wright, gave the Cardinals their 3-2 lead.
The sixth began when Peter Bourjos reached on a bunt single against Carlos Villanueva. Mark Ellis rolled out to first after an 11-pitch at-bat, sending the speedy Bourjos to second.
Bourjos stole third as Jon Jay, pinch-hitting for Wainwright, took ball four. Wright relieved and Carpenter hit a slow bouncer to shortstop Starlin Castro, whose throw to second was wild as he attempted to force Jay. Carpenter was credited with an RBI, while Castro was charged with an error.
Peralta then singled to left to score Jay, and the Cardinals led for the first time in the series.
Wainwright allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out four, throwing 93 pitches. He was attempting to match Mark Buehrle, the Toronto Blue Jays, as the only other major-league pitchers with seven wins.
Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer off Wainwright in the third to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.
Pitcher Jake Arrieta singled off the glove of third baseman Carpenter to open the third. One out later, Valbuena drove Wainwright's first pitch over the wall in right for his second homer of the season.
The home run was measured at 373 feet.
St. Louis got within 2-1 in the third despite a baserunning blunder by Holliday.
Arrieta walked Peralta and Holliday to open the inning. Craig struck out before Molina, with the runners breaking, grounded a 3-1 pitch into left.
Peralta leaped to avoid the ball, then fell as he reached third. Holliday, meanwhile, rounded second with his head down. When he looked up and saw Peralta on the ground, it was too late to retreat to second.
Left fielder Lake's throw to second baseman Barney trapped Holliday. Peralta then headed home and was tagged out in a rundown between home and third, as Peralta moved to third and Molina went to second.
Matt Adams followed with an infield hit to third, scoring Holliday and getting the Cardinals within 2-1.
Arrieta departed after four. He allowed four hits, walked five and struck out five. He was relieved by Villanueva.
Craig had a one-out double in the fifth and went to third on Molina's fly to right. But Adams tapped out to Villanueva, who first bobble the ball before getting Adams at first.