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Lopez hits go-ahead HR as Cardinals beat Cubs

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St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez watches his solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the 11th inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez watches his solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the 11th inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
St. Louis Cardinals' Brendan Ryan, right, reacts after being tagged out by Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro on an attempted steal during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh St. Louis Cardinals' Brendan Ryan, right, reacts after being tagged out by Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro on an attempted steal during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter wipes his face after hitting a single by Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter wipes his face after hitting a single by Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez, right, celebrates with Randy Winn after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the 11th inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh St. Louis Cardinals' Felipe Lopez, right, celebrates with Randy Winn after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the 11th inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 25, 2010, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO (AP) -- Felipe Lopez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the 11th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday night and avoid a weekend sweep.

Lopez drove a 3-2 pitch from Brian Schlitter (0-1) over the right-field wall for his sixth homer of the season to put the Cardinals back in the NL Central lead, a half game ahead of Cincinnati.

The big hit came one day after Lopez was scratched from the starting lineup for reportedly arriving late to the ballpark. It also made a winner of closer Ryan Franklin (5-1), who pitched two innings.

The Cubs had one last chance, but Dennys Reyes struck out Kosuke Fukudome with the tying run on second for his first save.

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