St. Louis Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) By Paul Beaty
Chicago Cubs starter Casey Coleman delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning during a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) By Paul Beaty
CHICAGO (AP) -- Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead two-run single off Chris Carpenter, Casey Coleman pitched seven effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat St. Louis 7-3 on Saturday, damaging the Cardinals' flickering playoff hopes.
Blake DeWitt and Aramis Ramirez had two hits and two RBIs apiece for Chicago, which trailed 3-0 early. Coleman allowed two earned runs and five hits.
Carpenter (15-9) lasted just four innings and reliever Blake Hawksworth was hit in the face by a Fuld liner in the fifth, Hawksworth was taken to a hospital.
St. Louis' loss dropped the magic number for Cincinnati to clinch the NL Central title to two. The Reds were at San Diego later in the day.
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