Jackson, Cubs unable to fend off Cardinals
April 13, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CHICAGO CUBS RELEASE
ST. LOUIS -- Rain interrupted Edwin Jackson's outing on Sunday, but it didn't seem to bother the Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter drove in three runs, including a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the fourth, to lift the Cardinals to a 6-4 victory over the Cubs and take the series.
Michael Wacha struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings and picked up the win despite serving up Anthony Rizzo's two-run homer in the first. Rizzo gave the Cubs the lead with one out when he hit his second home run of the season, launching the first pitch from Wacha into the Cardinals' bullpen in right to drive in Justin Ruggiano, who had singled.
Jackson, making his third start, needed 26 pitches to get through the first, and threw another 30 in the second. He walked Allen Craig to open the second and Jhonny Peralta singled. Two outs later, both scored on Matt Carpenter's single to tie the game and Kolten Wong followed with an RBI single.
Yadier Molina singled to open the Cardinals third, and then rain stopped play for 46 minutes. Jackson returned after the delay, and finished the third efficiently, and kept going. After throwing 59 pitches prior to the rain, Jackson needed 55 to get through the last four innings.
Wacha also stayed in the game, and with two outs in the Chicago fourth, Junior Lake singled off the right-hander, Mike Olt was hit on the left hand by a pitch, and Welington Castillo delivered an RBI single to tie the game.
Peter Bourjos tripled to lead off the Cardinals fourth and scored one out later on Carpenter's sacrifice fly. Peralta added an RBI double in the eighth, and another run scored from third on Bourjos' fielder's choice. Bourjos hit the ball to Olt, who bobbled the ball, then threw home but pulled catcher Castillo off the plate.