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Central crown certain for Cards
Cards first in playoff pool
Jeff Suppan blanked the Cubs through eight, before Derrek Lee chased him with a homer leading off the ninth, to lift the Cards to a guaranteed NL Central Division title. Larry Walker and John Rodriguez supported Suppan with two RBIs apiece.
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Cardinals 6, Cubs 1
Jeff Suppan throws out Neifi Perez, who tried to bunt his way on to first base. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rain sinks Cubs' comeback
Derrek Lee blasted his 43rd homer to ignite a rally in the ninth, but the game was called after a 58-minute rain delay with one out to play and the bases full of Cubs. Mark Prior allowed three runs in the opening frame of his five-inning outing, and the 'pen yielded three more late to seal the Cubs' fate.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 15, 2005
St. Louis (94-54)
Won 1
St. Louis 6, Chi Cubs 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (72-75)
Lost 2
September 15, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0   6 9 1
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 8 1
Standings through 9/15/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Cubs Stats
Eckstein, SS4210101.287
Edmonds, CF3100222.258
Pujols, 1B5220002.336
Walker, RF3122100.274
Rodriguez, LF2002103.299
Schumaker, LF0000000.231
Nunez, 3B4011025.295
Molina, C4020011.259
Luna, 2B4000013.272
Suppan, P4010000.200
Reyes, Al, P0000000.000

2B: Walker (18, Prior).
TB: Eckstein; Pujols 2; Walker 3; Nunez; Molina 2; Suppan.
RBI: Walker 2 (46), Rodriguez 2 (22), Nunez (42).
2-out RBI: Nunez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nunez; Luna.
SF: Rodriguez.
GIDP: Nunez.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Molina (3, 2nd base by Prior/Blanco).

E: Molina (7, fielding).
DP: (Eckstein-Luna-Pujols).

Hairston, CF4010010.262
Walker, 2B4010022.303
Lee, 1B4121001.340
Garciaparra, 3B3000110.276
Burnitz, RF4010002.261
Murton, LF3000010.322
Wellemeyer, P0000000.250
b-Grieve, PH1000011.312
Perez, SS3020100.277
Blanco, C4010012.257
Prior, P1000000.178
a-Theriot, PH1000010.333
Hill, P0000000.333
Macias, LF1000001.270

a-Struck out for Prior in the 5th. b-Struck out for Wellemeyer in the 9th.

HR: Lee (43, 9th inning off Suppan, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hairston; Walker; Lee 5; Burnitz; Perez 2; Blanco.
RBI: Lee (101).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burnitz; Walker.
GIDP: Blanco.
Team LOB: 8.

E: Walker (5, throw).
DP: 2 (Blanco-Walker, Perez-Walker-Lee).

Suppan (W, 15-10)8.06111713.57
Reyes, Al 0.22001102.38
Prior (L, 11-6)5.06331403.70
Hill 2.00223009.26
Wellemeyer 2.03101206.23

Suppan pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.
Hill pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

WP: Suppan.
Pitches-strikes: Suppan 107-67, Reyes, Al 25-15, Prior 93-62, Hill 38-21, Wellemeyer 38-22.
Ground outs-fly outs: Suppan 12-5, Reyes, Al 0-1, Prior 7-3, Hill 4-2, Wellemeyer 1-3.
Batters faced: Suppan 30, Reyes, Al 5, Prior 21, Hill 8, Wellemeyer 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Wellemeyer 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jim Wolf. 1B: Sam Holbrook. 2B: Larry Vanover. 3B: Randy Marsh.
Weather: 68 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 15 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:47 (:58 delay, Rain).
Att: 37,849.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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