Jake Fox smacked a two-run homer with one out in the 11th to lift the Cubs to a 6-3 victory Sunday night over St. Louis, ending their four-game losing streak and delaying the Cardinals' celebration one more day.
Fox connected off Mitchell Boggs (2-3) and drove in Andres Blanco, who had singled. The rookie now has 41 RBIs in 74 games, one more than Milton Bradley collected in 124 games before he was sent home.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry suspended Bradley for the rest of the season for detrimental conduct. In an interview, Bradley ripped the Cubs, saying it wasn't a "positive environment." The Cubs, shorthanded in the outfield because of injuries and now Bradley's absence, will add 2006 No. 1 Draft pick Tyler Colvin, who just finished playing in the Southern League championship.
The Cubs have 14 games remaining in the season. The Cardinals' magic number to clinch the National League Central remained at four.
St. Louis had the bases loaded and one out in the ninth when Ryan Ludwick hit a potential double-play ball to Blanco. He flipped to shortstop Ryan Theriot, who had to dodge Matt Holliday as he slid into second. Holliday was well off the bag, and called for interference to end the inning.
The Cardinals trailed, 3-2, in the eighth when Kevin Gregg walked leadoff man Holliday. Two outs and a wild pitch later, Yadier Molina slapped an RBI single to left to tie the game. It was Gregg's seventh blown save, and all have come on the road.
Carlos Zambrano was in line for his ninth win, striking out six over six innings. He moved past Greg Maddux and into sole possession of fifth place on the Cubs' all-time strikeout list when he fanned Mark DeRosa in the third inning for No. 1,306 of his career. Next up is Rick Reuschel at 1,367 Ks.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright struck out 10 over seven innings but did not get a decision. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Andres Blanco's RBI double. The Cardinals answered in their half. With one out, Skip Schumaker singled and scored on DeRosa's double to left, and he tallied on Albert Pujols' double. It was RBI No. 128 for Pujols.
The Cubs had runners at first and second with one out in the sixth when Micah Hoffpauir, starting in right in place of Bradley, hit an RBI single. Geovany Soto then hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Hoffpauir at second, but a run scored as shortstop Brendan Ryan's throw skipped past Pujols at first.