The Cardinals are atop the National League Central, the Cubs avoid the division basement only because the Pirates are the worst team in the whole major leagues. However, when the two rivals meet, records can be thrown out the window.
Chicago (40-61) improved to 7-3 against the Cardinals this year with a 5-4 win, Thursday. Todd Walker and Michael Barrett hit back-to-back home runs, marking the fourth time the Cubs have achieved that feat this week.
Jeff Weaver, making his third start as a Redbird gave up four runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings. But he avoided the loss that went to reliever Tyler Johnson, who walked two batters and gave up a run without recording an out.
The Cubs batted around in a three-run sixth inning that was aided by a Scott Rolen error at third base. That rally gave the Cubs the lead for good.
Roberto Novoa, the fourth of eight pitchers used by manager Dusty Baker, got the win after holding the Cards scoreless in 1/3 innings. Two relievers later, Ryan Dempster finished the ninth to earn his 18th save of the year.
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