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Cubs crash Cards' party
Cards' celebration on hold
Jim Edmonds gave the Cardinals a promising start with a first-inning homer, but Matt Morris allowed four runs in six innings to fall to 0-4 against the Cubs this season. The Cards' magic number remained at one, after Houston won Friday night.
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Cubs 5, Cardinals 3
Jeromy Burnitz follows through on an RBI single, his third RBI of the day. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Series at a glance:
Cubs frustrate their rivals
Derrek Lee homered for the second straight day, clubbing No. 44 in the first inning, and Jeromy Burnitz went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored to help the Cubs prevent the Cards from celebrating the NL Central title on their field for the time being.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 16, 2005
St. Louis (94-55)
Lost 1
Chi Cubs 5, St. Louis 3   CHC
Chi Cubs (73-75)
Won 1
September 16, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   3 8 0
Chi Cubs
1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 X   5 9 1
Standings through 9/16/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Cubs Stats
Eckstein, SS5010002.287
Edmonds, CF4111016.258
Pujols, 1B3010100.336
Sanders, LF3000001.271
Nunez, 3B1000012.294
Grudzielanek, 2B4110000.293
Taguchi, RF-LF4110001.292
Molina, C3010110.259
Luna, 3B-RF3011012.274
b-Rodriguez, PH1000000.297
Morris, P1011000.094
a-Gall, PH1000010.222
Thompson, P0000000.167
King, P0000000.000
Flores, P0000000.000
Tavarez, P0000000.000
c-Walker, PH1000010.273

a-Struck out for Morris in the 7th. b-Lined out for Luna in the 9th. c-Struck out for Tavarez in the 9th.

HR: Edmonds (28, 1st inning off Rusch, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Eckstein; Edmonds 4; Pujols; Grudzielanek; Taguchi; Molina; Luna; Morris.
RBI: Edmonds (83), Morris (2), Luna (14).
2-out RBI: Morris.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Edmonds 4; Nunez 2.
S: Morris.
GIDP: Sanders.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Pujols (16, 2nd base off Wuertz/Blanco).

Outfield assists: Luna (Lee at 3rd base).
DP: (Pujols-Eckstein-Pujols).
Pickoffs: Molina (Burnitz at 1st base).

Hairston, LF2000011.261
Murton, LF1110100.330
Perez, SS3100002.276
Lee, 1B2111200.341
Burnitz, RF3123100.264
Garciaparra, 3B4010002.276
Walker, 2B4020001.305
Patterson, CF4011002.218
Blanco, C4000024.250
Rusch, P1110000.139
Wuertz, P0000000.000
a-Macias, PH1000000.268
Novoa, P0000000.000
Dempster, P0000000.071

a-Lined out for Wuertz in the 7th.

2B: Patterson (11, Morris), Walker (24, Flores).
HR: Lee (44, 1st inning off Morris, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Murton; Lee 4; Burnitz 2; Garciaparra; Walker 3; Patterson 2; Rusch.
RBI: Lee (102), Patterson (30), Burnitz 3 (81).
2-out RBI: Lee; Patterson; Burnitz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blanco 3.
S: Perez.
GIDP: Perez.
Team LOB: 6.

PO: Burnitz (1st base by Molina).

E: Walker (6, fielding).
DP: (Perez-Lee).

Morris (L, 14-9)6.07442314.10
Thompson 0.20112002.86
King 0.11000002.79
Flores 0.21000003.82
Tavarez 0.10000003.13
Rusch (W, 7-8)6.27332414.59
Wuertz (H, 14)0.11000103.95
Novoa (H, 13)1.00000004.17
Dempster (S, 28)1.00000103.32

IBB: Lee (by Morris).
HBP: Rusch (by Morris).
Pitches-strikes: Morris 97-60, Thompson 17-8, King 6-3, Flores 6-6, Tavarez 3-3, Rusch 106-72, Wuertz 11-7, Novoa 7-4, Dempster 11-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Morris 11-3, Thompson 1-1, King 0-0, Flores 2-0, Tavarez 1-0, Rusch 8-8, Wuertz 0-0, Novoa 1-2, Dempster 1-1.
Batters faced: Morris 26, Thompson 4, King 1, Flores 3, Tavarez 1, Rusch 29, Wuertz 2, Novoa 3, Dempster 3.
Inherited runners-scored: King 2-1, Tavarez 1-0, Wuertz 1-0.
EjectionsChicago Cubs second baseman Jerry Hairston ejected by 2B umpire Randy Marsh. (4th).
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Larry Vanover. 2B: Randy Marsh. 3B: Jim Wolf.
Weather: 66 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 14 mph, In from CF.
T: 2:28.
Att: 38,080.

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