St. Louis catcher Gary Bennett lifted his team to a 10-6 win and a three-game sweep of the rival Cubs. After providing the game-winning hit in the bottom of ninth Saturday, Bennett stepped to the plate with a similar opportunity Sunday night.
With the bases loaded and two outs, the 10-year veteren blasted Cubs’ reliever Bob Howry’s pitch over the left field wall for his first career grand slam. It’s also his third homer in the last four games.
Les Walrond, making his first career start for Chicago, didn’t last beyond the third innning, allowing six runs on seven hits. Cubs’ right fielder Jaque Jones, who hit his 22nd homer of the game, also made a big three-base error in the bottom half of the first. Scott Rolen lined a single into right, but Jones couldn’t handle the ball, which skipped under his glove and rolled all the way to the warning track. Rolen circled the bases to the tie the game at two apiece.
St. Louis starter Jeff Weaver helped himself with the bat, knocking in two runs with a third-inning single. He worked 6 1/3 innings, but didn’t factor in the decision. Braden Looper received the victory after working a scoreless top of the ninth.
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