Game Log: Cards outlast Cubs, win 1-0

Game Log: Cards outlast Cubs, win 1-0

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on July 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 27 at 3:03 PM

CHICAGO -- Trevor Rosenthal came on for the ninth, hoping to pick up his 32nd save of the season. 

He retired Starlin Castro with a pop up to second and got Valbuena on a web gem by Kolten Wong, but Chris Coghlan broke the streak with a single up the middle. 

Welington Castillo stepped in next, going down on three straight pitches. 

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Six outs came and went, and the Cubs had two stranded runners to show for it. After a single and a walk in the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Nate Schierholtz grounded to Kolten Wong to end the inning. 

The Cardinals undid a leadoff single by Matt Carpenter with a double play, and a Holliday strike out ended the inning. 

Wainwright was replaced by Kevin Siegrist for the eighth, who set the Cubs down in order. 

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The Cardinals were one swing away from breaking the game open in seventh, but couldn't get the decisive blow they needed. 

Jhonny Peralta reached on a one-out single, pushing Hendricks from the game. Pierzynski took reliever Wesley Wright deep to left center but didnt have enough for a homer, instead becoming the second out. 

Oscar Taveras singled next and when Wright hit Jon Jay to load the bases, Adam Wainwright came up with a shot to give himself a cusion. 

Despite hitting .233 with three RBIs on the season, the Cardinal ace couldn't come through, lining softly to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to end the frame. 

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Both squads fell victim to the double play in the sixth inning. The Cardinals ended their brief rally sparked by a Kolten Wong single when Matt Holliday hit a two-out bouncer. 

In the home half, Chicago strung together back-to-back one-out singles from Alcantara and Rizzo, turning even a single into a potential game-tying swing. 

Instead, Starlin Castro grounded sharply to Jhonny Peralta. In a flash, the 6-4-3 was completed and the inning was over. 

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The Cubs found a hand hold in the fifth against Wainwright and came close to tying the game. 

After a shot to the track in center field was raced down by Jon Jay, Chris Coghlan earned a walk. Welington Castillo hit a ball sharply to Matt Carpenter who, unabe to field it cleanly, had to go to first for the sure out. 

Coghlan took the opportunity to take third, and the Cards walked Ryan Sweeney to set up pitcher Kyle Hendricks with two outs and men on the corners. 

Wainwright was able to freeze him with his signature curve, and the threat ended without damage. 

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After the offensive outbursts from the past two days, the action Sunday is decidedly more focused on the mound.

Despite seven combined hits, the only run for either club is Holliday's homer in the first inning. A.J. Pierzynski made it as far as third base in the second, when his one-out double seemed to indicate another run. 

His journey would end 90 feet short when Jon Jay struck out. 

Matt Carpenter roped a single the next inning but was cut down trying to take second base. Holliday reached on a 40-foot single, but never moved from the first station. 

For the Cubs, two hits are the sum total of production. Anthony Rizzo hit a ball sharply into right, but was tossed out by Oscar Taveras trying to coax another bag. 

The only baserunner the Cubs have had for more than a moment is Welington Castillo, who doubled to break Wainwright's streak of six batters retired. He never moved from his post. 

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The Cardinals continued their streak, scoring in the first inning in all three games of the Chicago series. 

After Matt Carpenter worked a seven-pitch single, Kolten Wong grounded into a double play. It appeared he may have beaten the throw, but Matheny chose not to review the play. 

With two out, Matt Holliday pumped his tenth homer of the season, a wind-fighting shot to straightaway center. 

Matt Adams drove one to the track in left field right after, but Luis Valbuena tracked it down. 

Adam Wainwright set the Cubs hitters down in order and after one inning, the Birds held a 1-0 lead. 

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