(BaseballStL) – The Cardinals and Cubs paid tribute to Wrigley Field by wearing 1929 throwback jerseys and Sunday night’s game definitely had the old school rivalry, but the hero was wearing red as the Cards won 5-4.
With two outs in the top of the ninth and the bases loaded, Yadier Molina fought off six pitches to dribble the ball just past a diving Starlin Castro to score two runs and give the Cardinals a 5 to 3 lead. The Cardinals scored all 5 of their runs with two outs.
The Cubs got one run back in the ninth, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cardinals hung on for their 15th victory of the season.
The Redbirds spent most of the night with the lead, having scored three runs by the third inning, but after giving up a two-out triple, Carlos Martinez allowed a wild pitch that scored the tying run for the Cubbies.
It started off rough for the Cards as a base running blunder in the first inning delayed them from scoring. With Matt Carpenter on first, Molina hit a long fly ball to right field that was caught, but Carpenter did not tag up and was around second when the ball was caught and he was doubled off first.
Randal Grichuk picked up his teammate though in the next inning busting out his first career triple and RBI. Grichuck’s two-out hit scored Jhonny Peralta and was followed up by a double from Mark Ellis to score Grichuk.
The Redbirds would tack on one more run as Matt Holliday was issued a two-out walk and came around to score on a blazing shot to the wall from Matt Adams.
Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn ran into trouble in both the third and fourth innings. He allowed a two-out single to Cubs’ starter Jason Hammel in the fourth after being able to get out of a jam in the third. Lynn’s afternoon ended with 6.0 innings pitched giving up 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 strike-outs and walked 4 to take a no decision and remain at 4-1 record.
Mike Matheny issued his first challenge and was successful as Carpenter was called safe at first after the review.
Trevor Rosenthal earned his eighth save of the season.
The Cardinals head to Atlanta for a three game series against the NL East leading Braves.