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Mark it down: Cardinals clinch
Bubbly popped at Wrigley
Mark Mulder held the Cubs to one run as the Cardinals erased the magic number and officially celebrated their second straight NL Central title. Mulder added an RBI on a suicide squeeze and Larry Walker drove in two.
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Cardinals 5, Cubs 1
Larry Walker douses Julian Tavarez as the Cards celebrate their NL Central title. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Series at a glance:
Maddux bested by 'Birds
Greg Maddux, who is sitting on 12 wins, fell to the Redbirds, but the Cubs will give him three more starts to try and reach 15 wins for the 18th straight year. Jeromy Burnitz clubbed a solo home run, but that was all the Cubs could muster against Mark Mulder and the Cardinals' bullpen.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 17, 2005
St. Louis (95-55)
Won 1
St. Louis 5, Chi Cubs 1   CHC
Chi Cubs (73-76)
Lost 1
September 17, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0   5 11 0
Chi Cubs
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 8 0
Standings through 9/17/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Cubs Stats
Eckstein, SS5221001.288
Edmonds, CF4121011.260
Pujols, 1B4010103.335
Walker, RF4022103.276
Sanders, LF3010011.272
Taguchi, LF1000002.292
Grudzielanek, 2B3010112.294
Nunez, 3B4100012.291
Diaz, C4010000.211
Molina, C0000000.259
Mulder, P2111000.148
Reyes, Al, P0000000.000
a-Mabry, PH1000000.251
Isringhausen, P0000000.000

a-Flied out for Reyes, Al in the 9th.

2B: Edmonds 2 (35, Maddux, Maddux), Eckstein (24, Maddux).
TB: Eckstein 3; Edmonds 4; Pujols; Walker 2; Sanders; Grudzielanek; Diaz; Mulder.
RBI: Walker 2 (48), Mulder (3), Eckstein (55), Edmonds (84).
2-out RBI: Walker.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sanders; Eckstein; Taguchi; Walker.
S: Mulder.
GIDP: Grudzielanek.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Walker (2, 2nd base off Maddux/Blanco).
CS: Grudzielanek (6, 2nd base by Mitre/Blanco).

DP: 2 (Eckstein-Pujols, Eckstein-Grudzielanek-Pujols).

Macias, 2B-CF4010001.267
Perez, SS4020002.277
Lee, 1B3010111.341
Garciaparra, 3B4000004.270
Burnitz, RF3121112.266
Murton, LF4020001.337
Patterson, CF2000011.217
Mitre, P0000000.364
a-Grieve, PH1000010.294
Blanco, C3000103.245
Maddux, P2000002.194
Walker, 2B2000011.303

a-Struck out for Mitre in the 9th.

2B: Macias (8, Mulder).
HR: Burnitz (23, 6th inning off Mulder, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Macias 2; Perez 2; Lee; Burnitz 5; Murton 2.
RBI: Burnitz (82).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maddux; Burnitz; Lee; Perez.
S: Patterson.
GIDP: Garciaparra; Blanco.
Team LOB: 8.

DP: 2 (Maddux-Perez-Lee, Blanco-Perez).

Mulder (W, 16-7)7.08112313.43
Reyes, Al 1.00001102.34
Isringhausen 1.00000102.21
Maddux (L, 12-13)6.110551304.31
Mitre 2.21002105.43

WP: Mulder, Mitre.
IBB: Walker (by Mitre).
HBP: Edmonds (by Mitre).
Pitches-strikes: Mulder 100-65, Reyes, Al 27-17, Isringhausen 11-8, Maddux 102-66, Mitre 46-23.
Ground outs-fly outs: Mulder 15-3, Reyes, Al 1-1, Isringhausen 2-0, Maddux 14-2, Mitre 4-2.
Batters faced: Mulder 29, Reyes, Al 4, Isringhausen 3, Maddux 29, Mitre 11.
Inherited runners-scored: Mitre 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Larry Vanover. 1B: Randy Marsh. 2B: Jim Wolf. 3B: Sam Holbrook.
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 6 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:57.
Att: 39,269.

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