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Game 35: Cubs 6, Cardinals 4

The Cardinals didn't hit, didn't catch and didn't pitch Monday, which pretty much explains why they lost their fourth game in a row.

Jake Westbrook allowed Cubs all over the bases in his abbreviated start. He gave up 11 hits and a pair of walks over five innings and is lucky to have only been tagged for four runs.

The Redbirds were down 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Jon Jay led off with a bunt hit and Matt Holliday singled to make it first and third with no outs. The first sour note of the inning came when Allen Craig popped out to short right field to freeze the runners. Lance Berkman singled to make the score 4-1. David Freese walked to load the bases, then Yadier Molina hit a ball into the left centerfield gap to score Holliday and Berkman. With one out, Freese tried to push it and was nailed at the plate with what would have been the tying run.

Skip Schumaker picked up Freese and singled home Molina to tie the game -- when the Cardinals might have otherwise taken the lead. But the Birds couldn't make anything of their second chance, quickly fumbling back the lead to the Cubs.

With two outs in the eighth, reliever Mitchell Boggs worked himself into trouble and then gave up a single to Alfonso Soriano to put the Cubs ahead 5-4. In the top of the ninth, Boggs hit lead-off man Geo Soto. Darwin Barney bunted and St. Louis second baseman Skip Schumaker dropped the throw to first base to put two Wee Bears on with no outs. Joe Mather hit into a fielder's choice and the out was recorded at third. But when Freese tried to throw the ball across the diamond to get a double play at first, he hurled the ball wildly and allowed the Cubs to gain an important insurance run to make the final score 6-4.

Cardinals Star of the Game: Molina was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.

Cardinals Play of the Game: Molina's two-run sixth inning hit.

Lowlight: The Cardinals committed three vital fielding errors in the game.