Joe Mather’s two-run single with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning rallied the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. Closer Jason Motte (1-1) had the Cubs down to their final strike when the former Cardinal, singled up the middle, bringing home Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto.
The Cardinals had a 2-1 lead in the fourth of starter Matt Garza when Carlos Beltran grounded out and Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly following a single by Skip Schumaker and a double by Matt Holliday. The Cardinals had the bases loaded with two outs, but pitcher Jaime Garcia flew out to end the threat.
Garcia was in line for the win, tossing 7.2 innings allowing just a first inning run. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four. It was Motte’s first blown save of the year as he gave up a hit and two walk in the ninth.