St. Louis 6, Chi. Cubs 3

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, September 23, 2012 2:20 PM
Location - Wrigley Field
Temperature - 57°
Umpires - Home Plate - CB Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Bill Miller,
Attendance - 33354

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
St. Louis 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 6 12 2
Chi. Cubs 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
St. Louis 82-71 46-29 36-42 W2
Chi. Cubs 59-94 37-41 22-53 L2

Recap


Cardinals 6, Cubs 3: Kyle Lohse recorded his 16th victory and Pete Kozma hit his first major-league homer as visiting St. Louis won the rubber game of the weekend series.

St. Louis won for the sixth time in seven games. The Cardinals maintained their 2 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the race for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
 
Lohse (16-3) allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts in six innings. Kozma provided needed breathing room in the sixth, hitting a 2-1 pitch from Chicago starter Justin Germano (2-9) over the wall in left-center field for a 4-2 lead.

Alfonso Soriano finished with three hits, including his 31st homer in the sixth to bring the Cubs within 4-3. Germano surrendered four runs on 10 hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Allen Craig doubled home two runs for St. Louis in the third and finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Kozma added two hits and drove in a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly. Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 40th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Motte is one save ahead of Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel for the NL lead. … The Cubs have lost six of their last seven contests. … St. Louis concludes its final road trip of the season with three games at Houston, starting Monday. Chicago begins its last road trip of 2012 with a three-game series at Colorado that begins Tuesday.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
St. Louis   Chi. Cubs
Kyle Lohse Player Justin Germano
Win W/L Loss
6.0 IP 5.2
5 Strikeouts 3
5 Hits 10
4.50 ERA 6.35
Hitting
St. Louis   Chi. Cubs
Allen Craig Player Alfonso Soriano
3 Hits 3
2 RBI 1
0 HR 1
4 TB 6
.750 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
St. Louis 12 1 16 .353 15 5 6 5 0 2
Chi. Cubs 7 1 12 .200 15 8 2 1 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Chi. Cubs will play their next game on the road against Colorado. The Cubs have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .376 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game on the road against Houston. The Cardinals have a W/L % of .543 after a win and .528 after a loss.