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Cubs undaunted by Cards ace
Carpenter chased early
Chris Carpenter turned in his shortest outing since April 10 as he lasted only four innings and allowed four runs in a loss to the Cubs. Carpenter did not figure in the decision, but the Cardinals lost a game started by their ace for the first time since June 8.
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Cubs 7, Cardinals 4
Carlos Zambrano pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning to secure the victory. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
Series at a glance:
Zambrano quiets Cards
Carlos Zambrano went the distance for his second complete game of the season to deliver the Cubs' 10th victory over the rival Cardinals this season. Rookie Matt Murton homered to put Chicago ahead for good, and Todd Walker went deep for an insurance run.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 18, 2005
STL
St. Louis (95-56)
Lost 1
Chi Cubs 7, St. Louis 4   CHC
Chi Cubs (74-76)
Won 1
September 18, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
St. Louis
0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0   4 10 1
Chi Cubs
0 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 X   7 9 1
Standings through 9/18/05  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals Stats  |  Cubs Stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eckstein, SS2011001.288
Reyes, An, P0000000.000
b-Duncan, PH1000001.000
Eldred, P0000000.000
King, P0000000.000
Flores, P0000000.000
d-Diaz, PH1000002.209
Taguchi, CF4011002.291
Pujols, 1B4020002.336
2-Seabol, PR-3B0000000.200
Mabry, RF-3B-1B4000003.247
Rodriguez, LF3111101.298
Nunez, 3B-SS4110011.290
Molina, C2011000.261
1-Mahoney, PR-C1100001.159
c-Gall, PH1010000.250
Luna, 2B4010001.273
Carpenter, P1000000.041
a-Schumaker, PH-RF3110003.250
Totals3541041118 

a-Reached on error for Carpenter in the 5th. b-Grounded into a double play for Reyes, An in the 7th. c-Singled for Mahoney in the 9th. d-Grounded out for Flores in the 9th.
1-Ran for Molina in the 5th. 2-Ran for Pujols in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Nunez (13, Zambrano), Taguchi (20, Zambrano).
HR: Rodriguez (5, 2nd inning off Zambrano, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Eckstein; Taguchi 2; Pujols 2; Rodriguez 4; Nunez 2; Molina; Gall; Luna; Schumaker.
RBI: Rodriguez (23), Molina (47), Eckstein (56), Taguchi (48).
2-out RBI: Taguchi.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pujols; Mahoney; Diaz.
GIDP: Taguchi; Mabry; Duncan.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Mabry (3, fielding).
DP: (Eckstein-Pujols).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Perez, SS3001002.276
Walker, 2B4111003.303
Lee, 1B2110200.341
Garciaparra, 3B4110015.269
Burnitz, RF2101014.265
Murton, LF4111022.333
Patterson, CF3121100.220
Blanco, C3112021.247
Zambrano, P4020012.303
Totals297973719 

BATTING
2B: Patterson 2 (13, Carpenter, Flores), Zambrano (6, Reyes, An), Lee (47, Eldred).
HR: Murton (5, 6th inning off Reyes, An, 0 on, 0 out), Walker (12, 7th inning off Eldred, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Walker 4; Lee 2; Garciaparra; Murton 4; Patterson 4; Blanco; Zambrano 3.
RBI: Patterson (31), Blanco 2 (25), Perez (52), Murton (10), Walker (38), Burnitz (83).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Burnitz 2; Perez 2.
S: Perez; Blanco.
SF: Perez; Burnitz.
GIDP: Burnitz.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Patterson (15, 2nd base off Reyes, An/Mahoney).

FIELDING
E: Garciaparra (11, fielding).
DP: 3 (Walker-Perez-Lee, Perez-Walker-Lee, Zambrano-Perez-Lee).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carpenter 4.04441202.42
Reyes, An (L, 1-1)2.02112413.24
Eldred 0.12220012.10
King 0.20000102.75
Flores 1.01000003.72
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zambrano (W, 14-5)9.010421113.17

IBB: Lee (by Reyes, An).
HBP: Burnitz (by Carpenter), Eckstein (by Zambrano).
Pitches-strikes: Carpenter 60-38, Reyes, An 38-22, Eldred 16-10, King 7-5, Flores 10-8, Zambrano 126-82.
Ground outs-fly outs: Carpenter 5-5, Reyes, An 1-1, Eldred 0-1, King 0-1, Flores 3-0, Zambrano 20-6.
Batters faced: Carpenter 17, Reyes, An 11, Eldred 3, King 2, Flores 4, Zambrano 37.
Inherited runners-scored: King 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Randy Marsh. 1B: Jim Wolf. 2B: Sam Holbrook. 3B: Larry Vanover.
Weather: 74 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 10 mph, L to R.
T: 2:28.
Att: 38,182.

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