Jun 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) reacts after hitting a 2 run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. The home run proved to be the game winning hit as the Cardinals defeated the Cubs 4-1. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Westbrook, Molina power Cardinals past Cubs

Yadier Molina hit a 2-run home run as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday night. This gives the Cardinals a 2-1 advantage heading into Thursday’s series finale this week.

Jake Westbrook took to the mound last night and he pitched a solid game. It might not have been a Shelby Miller or Adam Wainwright-esque performance but he got the job done. In seven innings, he allowed 2 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and struck out 2 batters. He now has a 1.76 ERA on the season.

Trevor Rosenthal allowed 1 walk and struck out 7 batters in the 8th inning. Edward Mujica pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 21st save of the season.

The Cardinals got on the board early in the first inning when Allen Craig singled on a 93 m.p.h. fastball that he hit to left field and scored Matt Carpenter.

In the 6th inning, Molina crushed a fly ball to left field for a home run and drove in Craig. Later in the inning, Pete Kozma singled and drove in Jon Jay.

Carpenter and Matt Holliday are both in the top 3 in the National League for runs scored. Holliday has 54 while Carpenter has 53.

Molina’s .365 batting is more than just leading the league. He’s blowing out his competition! In all of baseball, Molina is a few points ahead of Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

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