The Cardinals pitching got off to a bad start and had a bad end Tuesday against the Cubs. But the offense -- short Jon Jay, Lance Berkman and Carlos Beltran -- was able to produce just enough to bring home a win.
Kyle Lohse allowed three runs in the top of the first inning and seemed as if he might not make it to the second. But St. Louis scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and Lohse settled in to throw 6 2/3 innings with two more runs allowed the rest of the way.
The Cardinals tied the game at three in the bottom of the second when Tyler Green doubled to start the inning and Lohse sacrificed him to third. Rafael Furcal grounded out to force home the run and the Redbirds had a fresh start.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth when Matt Holliday hit a 445-foot solo homer 15 rows deep into the left centerfield bleachers. But the advantage was short-lived when Cubs first baseman Bryan Lahair hit a matching solo blast to tie the game at four.
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Loshe had two outs in the seventh when he gave up back-to-back hits to let Chicago take a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh the Cubs brought in Kerry Wood who walked Furcal to lead off the inning on four pitches. Skip Schumaker hacked at the first ball he saw -- which appeared to be high -- and hit a short fly out. The Matt Holliday drew a walk to put two on with one out. Holliday singled home the tying run and the Birds had men on first and third with only one out. But David Freese continued his rash of hitting into double plays with a grounder to shortstop.
The Cardinals broke back ahead in the bottom of the eighth when Matt Carpenter hit his third homer of the season. But in the top of the ninth Jason Motte served up Alfonso Soriano's first home run of the season to tie the game.
So the Redbirds needed a rally in the bottom half of the ninth. Holliday singled and moved to second with two outs after Freese hit a ground out. Yadier Molina saved the say with a single past second base to score Holliday to finalize the game, 7-6.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Holliday was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a homer.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Yadi's game-winning single.
Lowlight: The Cardinals' streak of bad performances from their starters continued and is starting to become a litle bit disturbing.