It took a 9th inning rally but the St. Louis Cardinals were able to hold off the Chicago Cubs with a 10-6 victory. The Cardinals head into the All-Star break with 57-36 overall record. Their .613 winning percentage makes the Cardinals the best team in all of baseball.
Adam Wainwright took to the mound for the Cardinals in the final game before the break. The All-Star pitcher went 6 innings. He allowed 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 4 batters. Most of the damage came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Wainwright gave up 3 runs on a home run to Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney.
The Cards held on to a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Just when all was thought to be well, the Cubs had runners on first and second. With two outs, Edward Mujica replaced Trevor Rosenthal to face pinch-hitter Cody Ransom. Ransom doubled on a liner to left that allowed 2 runs to score and tie the game at 6 runs a piece.
In the third inning, Pete Kozma broke out of his slump and bunted home Yadier Molina from third. There was, surprisingly, no out on the play.
In the seventh inning, Kozma singled once more and scored Molina. Matt Carpenter singled and drove in Kozma.
In the eighth inning, Matt Adams doubled and drove in Freese. The play was just shy of making it to the plate. Freese scored all the way from first base.
Things got rather interesting in the ninth inning for the Cardinals. Beltran started with a double and advanced to third base on a fielding error by Dave Sappelt. Beltran scored on Craig’s single. Yadier Molina hit a 3-run home run that scored Craig and Freese.