07/28/2002 11:46 pm ET
Cardinals stun Cubs in ninth
By Jared Hoffman / MLB.com
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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
St Louis Cardinals 10, Chicago Cubs 9|
|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.
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).|
|St Louis Cardinals|
|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.
Team LOB: 8.
|E: Vina (9, fielding).|
|Farnsworth (H, 6)
|Alfonseca (BS, 5) (L, 1-2)
|St Louis Cardinals|
|Veres (W, 4-6)
|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.