Joel Pineiro became the Cards' first five-game winner on Tuesday. (Scott Rovak/Cardinals)
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Joel Pineiro was a model of efficiency, piecing together a masterful complete-game shutout -- his first such outing since 2003 -- to shut the door on the Cubs. Colby Rasmus offered some support with a towering 417-foot, two-run homer in the fifth, and Yadier Molina added an RBI single in the first frame.
BATTING 2B: Pujols (7, Gregg). HR: Rasmus, C (4, 5th inning off Lilly, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Molina, Y; Pujols 2; Ryan; Stavinoha; Rasmus, C 4. RBI: Molina, Y (16), Rasmus, C 2 (15). 2-out RBI: Molina, Y; Rasmus, C 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Molina, Y 2. SAC: Rasmus, C. GIDP: Barden. Team RISP: 1-for-6. Team LOB: 4.
BASERUNNING SB: Ryan (3, 3rd base off Lilly/Soto, G).
FIELDING DP: (Thurston-Ryan-Pujols). Pickoffs: Molina, Y (Soriano, A at 1st base).