ST. LOUIS, Missouri, U.S. (AP) – Yadier Molina hit a winning-run double over All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals won on Wednesday 3 -2 to the Chicago Cubs.
Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson each hit RBI doubles in the seventh to lead St. Louis 2-1 on the scoreboard.
Bader also prevented an early two-run home run by Willson Contreras.
Chicago tied in the ninth with a pinch hitter Eric Sogard’s RBI double against Giovanny Gallegos of Mexico.
Paul Goldschmidt led the bottom of the 10th as a runner at second base. Nolan Arenado was walked by Kimbrel (1-3), who got the last out in the ninth for the Cubs. Puerto Rican Molina then sent the ball to right field for a double ground that closed the game.
TJ McFarland (1-0) scored his first win for the Cardinals after a perfect 10th inning.
For the Cubs, Venezuelans Rafael Ortega 3-1, with an RBI; Willson Contreras 2-1; Robinson Chirinos 1-0. Puerto Rican Javier Báez 4-1.
For the Cardinals, Puerto Rican Yadier Molina 5-1, with an RBI. Panamanian Edmundo Sosa 1-0.
Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a single that drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of the MLB game that pitted his team against the Chicago Cubs on July 21, 2021, at St. Louis. (AP Photo / Joe Puetz)