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Cards, Cubs split

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Associated Press
July 13, 2009
— Ryan Ludwick hit a pair of two-run homers, Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals salvaged a split by beating the Chicago Cubs 4-2 in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Wainwright improved to 3-0 against the Cubs this season and St. Louis leads the NL-Central by 2˝ games heading into the All-Star break.


In the opener, Carlos Zambrano homered for the third time this season and earned a win.


with six solid innings as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 7-3.


The second game featured some unusual maneuvering by Cubs manager Lou Piniella in the ninth inning. With no outs and the bases loaded, Piniella moved left-handed reliever Sean Marshall to left for one batter and moved him back to the mound to face left-handed hitter Skip Schumaker.


Right-hander Aaron Heilman struck out Brendan Ryan with the bases loaded with Marshall in left. Schumaker was pinch-hit for by Jarrett Hoffpauir, and Marshall struck out him. Left fielder Reed Johnson made a diving catch, though replays showed he appeared catch the ball on a short-hop, on Colby Rasmus’ fly to end the inning.


Ludwick also had a double in the eighth to finish the doubleheader 5 for 8 with four RBIs. He had four extra base hits on the day. Ludwick is batting .455 during a nine-game hitting streak.



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