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Cardinals stun Cubs in ninth
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 10      9   Final
07/28/2002 11:46 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Cubs 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 9 9 1
 Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 6 10 14 1
Cardinals stun Cubs in ninth
By Jared Hoffman /

Edgar Renteria smacks a three-run homer to end the game. (Tom Gannam/AP)

St Louis Cardinals 10, Chicago Cubs 9
Chicago Cubs
BellhornSS 4000121.275
Mueller3B 4111111.250
SosaRF 3200213.291
McGriff1B 5230011.271
AlouLF 4123100.247
PattersonCF 5223023.256
DeShields2B 3100232.196
HundleyC 4011101.194
ClementP 3000013.073
FasseroP 0000000.000
FarnsworthP 0001000.000
GordonP 0000000.000
AlfonsecaP 0000000.667
2B: Alou (11, Morris), McGriff (18, Matthews), Patterson (17, Kline).
HR: Patterson (9, 3rd inning off Morris, 2 on, 2 out), Mueller (4, 8th inning off Veres, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Alou 3 (36), Patterson 3 (38), Hundley (23), Farnsworth (1), Mueller (24).
2-out RBI: Alou 3, Patterson 3.
SF: Farnsworth.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patterson, Sosa, Clement 2.
Team LOB: 8.
SB: DeShields (10, 2nd base off Morris/DiFelice).
CS: DeShields (1, home by Morris/DiFelice).
E: Bellhorn (5, throw).
DP: (Bellhorn-DeShields-McGriff).
St Louis Cardinals
Vina2B 5121002.280
Polanco3B 3000012.284
CrudaleP 0000000.000
b-PerezPH 1000003.223
KlineP 0000000.000
VeresP 0000000.333
c-CairoPH 1111000.236
EdmondsCF 4221100.325
PujolsLF-3B 4200111.288
DrewRF 4121112.264
Martinez1B 5111013.248
RenteriaSS 5234001.312
DiFeliceC 4020011.265
MorrisP 1000002.118
MatthewsP 0000000.167
a-RobinsonPH-LF 2010100.268
a-Singled for Matthews in the 5th. b-Grounded into a double play for Crudale in the 6th. c-Doubled for Veres in the 9th.
2B: Renteria (26, Clement), Drew (17, Fassero), DiFelice (8, Fassero), Cairo (5, Gordon).
HR: Renteria (5, 9th inning off Alfonseca, 2 on, 1 out).
RBI: Drew (43), Renteria 4 (46), Vina (41), Cairo (15), Edmonds (56), Martinez (51).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morris, Polanco.
GIDP: Perez.
Team LOB: 8.
E: Vina (9, fielding).
Chicago Cubs
Clement 5.04212303.78
Fassero 0.13220006.15
Farnsworth (H, 6) 2.22001104.15
Gordon 0.03330005.06
Alfonseca (BS, 5) (L, 1-2) 0.12331113.50
St Louis Cardinals
Morris 4.05664413.40
Matthews 1.01002203.34
Crudale 1.00001101.32
Kline 1.02221004.50
Veres (W, 4-6) 2.01110414.01
Clement pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Gordon pitched to 3 batters in the 9th.
Pitches-strikes: Clement 81-53, Fassero 12-10, Farnsworth 35-21, Gordon 15-8, Alfonseca 16-9, Morris 85-54, Matthews 33-17, Crudale 19-11, Kline 29-17, Veres 33-21.
Ground outs-fly outs: Clement 7-5, Fassero 1-0, Farnsworth 6-1, Gordon 0-0, Alfonseca 0-0, Morris 4-3, Matthews 1-0, Crudale 0-2, Kline 2-1, Veres 0-2.
Batters faced: Clement 22, Fassero 4, Farnsworth 10, Gordon 3, Alfonseca 4, Morris 21, Matthews 6, Crudale 4, Kline 6, Veres 7.
Umpires: HP: Greg Gibson. 1B: Mike Winters. 2B: Gerry Davis. 3B: Dan Iassogna.
Weather: 95 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, R to L.
T: 3:39.
Att: 47,583.
ST. LOUIS -- Edgar Renteria hit a walk-off, three-run homer off Cubs closer Antonio Alfonseca to give the Cardinals a 10-9 victory and cap a five-run, ninth-inning rally before a sold-out crowd of 47,583 fans at Busch Stadium.

With the Cubs leading 9-4 to start the inning, Cubs reliever Tom Gordon couldn't retire any of the three batters he faced. He allowed RBI hits to Miguel Cairo and Jim Edmonds, and Cubs interim manager Bruce Kimm brought in Alfonseca, who walked Albert Pujols to bring up the potential tying run in J.D. Drew.

Drew was called out on strikes, and Tino Martinez then singled home Cairo to make it 9-7 and bring up Renteria, who homered into the left-field stands to end the game.

The Cubs roughed up starter Matt Morris, who came into the game with a streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings but saw that come to an end in the first inning. He struck out the first two batters he faced before walking Sammy Sosa and giving up a single to Fred McGriff. Moises Alou then knocked the first pitch he saw from Morris for a double to the right-center wall to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Chicago staged another two-out rally in the fourth. After Sosa walked and McGriff singled, Alou made it 3-0 with an RBI single. Corey Patterson then delivered the game's big blow with a three-run homer to right field that made it 6-0. It was Patterson's ninth homer of the year.

Morris got out of a fourth-inning jam, but the Cardinals went to the bullpen at the start of the fifth, give Morris his shortest outing of the season. In four innings, he allowed six runs on five hits and four walks.

Cubs starter Matt Clement allowed only two hits and two walks through his first five innings. But after Edmonds singled to start the sixth and a throwing error by Bellhorn allowed Edmonds to score and Pujols to go all the way to third, Clement was pulled.

Three of the next four Cardinals reached base against Jeff Fassero, and with the score 6-3, Kyle Farnsworth came in next. He allowed a walk to Kerry Robinson and a bloop single to shallow right field by Fernando Vina to make it 6-4. Pinch-hitter Eduardo Perez, who homered in that role against the Cubs on Friday, came up with the bases loaded but grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Having survived the sixth, the Cubs extended their lead to 8-4 in the seventh against left-hander Steve Kline on an RBI single to Todd Hundley and a sacrifice fly by Farnsworth.

Bill Mueller led off the eighth with a homer against Dave Veres that just got over the glove of right fielder Drew to make it 9-4.

Jared Hoffman is an editorial producer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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