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April 14, 2014

Carpenter leads Cards past Cubs

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ST. LOUIS —

“It felt good to get the job done,” Carpenter said. “When you get up in those situations, you just try and put a good at-bat up there and I thought I did that.”

Trevor Rosenthal gave up a run in the ninth, but retired Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio with the tying runs on base to pick up his fourth save in four opportunities.

Chicago starter Edwin Jackson (0-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked three in a grueling 114-pitch effort.

“I didn’t feel too bad,” Jackson said. “I threw a lot of pitches. I was behind in a lot of counts. They were aggressive, that’s a good hitting team.”

Jhonny Peralta highlighted a two-run eighth with an RBI double that put St. Louis up 6-3.

Rizzo got his club started with his second homer of the season.

“I just got extended,” Rizzo said. “I was lucky enough to get the barrel on it.”

After Carpenter singled in two runs in the second, he stole second and scored on Kolten Wong’s single for a 3-2 lead.

The Cubs tied the game in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Welington Castillo.

Carpenter then gave St. Louis the lead for good with a sacrifice fly to left that brought in Peter Bourjos, who began the fourth inning with a triple.

“We did the things we had to at the right times to win,” Carpenter said.

Trailing 4-3, Mike Olt led off the Cubs seventh with a double off Wacha. Castillo struck out and reliever Kevin Siegrist retired Darwin Barney and Bonifacio to end the threat.

Siegrist retired all five batters he faced.

“We had some chances, just couldn’t get hits at the right time,” Rizzo said.

NOTES: The Cubs are winless in their last nine series. Their last series win came in September when they won two of three in Cincinnati. .... St. Louis begins a 10-game road trip Monday with the first of a three-game set in Milwaukee. Lance Lynn (2-0, 6.55 ERA) takes on Matt Garza (0-1, 2.57) in the opener. ... The Cubs conclude a five-game road trip with two games against the New York Yankees. Jason Hammel (2-0, 2.63) faces Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.21) in the first game on Tuesday. .... St. Louis C Yadier Molina has 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats, including two hits on Sunday.

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