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Game 9: Cardinals 5, Cubs 1

After getting off on the wrong foot in their home opener, the Cardinals righted the ship on Saturday and beat the Cubs decidedly by a 5-1 score.

Lance Lynn pitched extremely well in his second start of the season, allowing only one run that shouldn't have happened.

In the sixth inning, with the Cardinals ahead 4-0, Darwin Barney hit a tailor-made double play ball to St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal. Appearing to take his eye off the ball for a split second, Furcal misplayed the hop and, instead of a double play, the Birds were lucky to get one out at first base. The runner that should have been erased scored when Cubs infielder Starlin Castro singled.

The Cubs only threatened once more when they got two men on with one out and then the umpired gave Alfonso Soriano five strikes at the plate before finally calling him out. A fly ball shut the door with the last out in the eighth and Jason Motte recored an uneventful ninth to give the birds their sixth win in nine games.

The St. Louis runs came in the fouth when Castro made a bad throw on a Matt Holliday grounder with one out. Matt Carpenter hit a double to drive in Holliday to make the score 1-0 then Yadier Molina got a base hit to make it 2-0. Daniel Descalso tripled to drive in two more. The other run came in the seventh when Jon Jay hit a towering solo homer.

Lynn pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits and a pair of walks. He struck out five. In two starts, he has allowed six hits in 12 innings.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Yadier Molina had two hits in four at bats. He scored one run and drove in two.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Descalso's triple. How difficult is it to drive in Yadi from first without hitting a homer?

Lowlight: Furcal's error.