Rizzo's walk-off walk caps Cubs' 10th win in row
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[August 12, 2016]
CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo drew a
bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning to bring home Willson Contreras
with the winning run as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis
Cardinals 4-3 Thursday for their 10th consecutive victory.
The Cubs recorded their fourth walk-off of the season when Rizzo
took a 3-1 pitch for the two-out walk against Cardinals reliever
Duke (0-1) dropped his first decision with St. Louis since arriving
in a late-July trade with the Chicago White Sox.
Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery (1-1) worked two scoreless innings to
collect the win. He escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Matt
Carpenter to end the 11th inning. Chicago acquired Montgomery from
the Seattle Mariners in late July.
Montgomery allowed one hit, walked two and struck out four.
The Cubs (72-41) extended their lead in the National League Central
to 13 games over the Cardinals (60-55).
The 10-game run is the Cubs' longest since a 12-game streak from May
19-June 2, 2001.
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez gave up three runs in the sixth as
the Cubs grabbed a temporary 3-2 lead. He yielded seven hits, walked
three and struck out four in six innings.
Cubs starter Jon Lester limited St. Louis to two runs on five hits
over six innings.
Brandon Moss' 19th homer of the season gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead
in the sixth, matching Matt Holliday for the team lead.
Martinez held Chicago to just two hits until the sixth. Kris Bryant
and Rizzo each singled, and Jason Heyward reached on a two-out
infield base hit to load the bases. Chris Coghlan's full-count base
hit to right drove in Bryant and Rizzo to force a 2-2 deadlock.
David Ross gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead with a successful bunt in front
of the plate, scoring Heyward as Martinez' pickup and throw to first
came too late.
Pinch hitter Matt Szczur popped out into foul territory to end the
inning and Lester's outing. Lester struck out six and walked just
Pinch hitter Randal Grichhuk, called up from Triple-A Memphis
earlier Thursday, forced a 3-3 tie as he greeted Cubs deliver Travis
Wood with a two-out solo homer to left in the seventh.
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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with teammates
after walk off walk against the St. Louis Cardinals during the
eleventh inning at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won 4-3. Mandatory
Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Later in the inning, Coghlan made a game-saving and inning-ending
throw from left to shortstop Addison Russell, who relayed to Ross
for the tag on Matt Carpenter, who was trying to score after a
Stephen Piscotty double.
Holliday left the game in the 10th inning after being hit in the
right hand by a Montgomery pitch with two outs. His condition was
not immediately known.
The Cardinals opened a 1-0 lead with two out in the first. Yadier
Molina drove home Holliday from third with a bouncer down the first
base line after Holliday singled to short center and advanced to
third on Moss' base hit.
NOTES: The Cardinals placed 1B Matt Adams (left shoulder
inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 10 and
recalled OF Randal Grichuk from Triple-A Memphis. Grichuk batted
.272 with six homers and 18 RBI in 23 games in the minors. ... St.
Louis has not been swept by Chicago since Sept. 13-15, 2010. The
Cardinals swept the Cubs in a three-game June series this season.
... St. Louis sends RHP Adam Wainwright (9-6, 4.34 ERA) against
Chicago RHP Jake Arrieta (13-5, 2.59 ERA) on Friday. ... The Cubs
placed RHP Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after he
sustained a left meniscus tear late in Chicago's 3-1 victory over
the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Strop (2-2, 21 holds, 2.89 ERA)
is expected to be out four to six weeks. ... Chicago recalled RHP
Justin Grimm (1-0, 4.58 ERA in 46 relief appearances with the Cubs)
from Triple-A Iowa.
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