It didn’t take much for the Chris Carpenter. His teammates only gave him four runs on Monday but he was able to hold the Cubs in check and earn a 4-3 win. Carpenter lasted 8 1/3 innings and gave up three runs off nine hits and no walks. Carpenter never gave up more than one run in any inning and he struck out six to improve his record to 7-1. Ray King got the second out of the ninth and Jason Isringhausen got the final batter to earn his 13th save. At the plate, the Cardinals got all four of their runs in a hurry. Scott Rolen got St. Louis on the board with a three run homer and Reggie Sanders followed him with a solo shot to make it 4-1. It was Rolen’s 14th home run and Sanders’ 10th. Rolen has 60 RBI’s. The Cardinals’ win combined with the Reds 13-2 loss to the A’s puts St. Louis just one game out of first in the National League Central.