Michael Wacha pitched seven innings and drove in two runs, helping the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory Thursday afternoon over the Chicago Cubs, taking two out of three from the doormat of the National League. Wacha improved to 3-3, allowing seven hits, including a homer, with no walks and five strikeouts.
Trevor Rosenthal, who blew a save on Tuesday night in the Cards’ win, and had trouble against Pittsburgh on Sunday, picked up his 11th save. He came on in the 8th with the bases loaded and one out and gave up a sacrifice fly, and then got a ground out. He retired the side in the ninth.
The Cardinals had just six hits, with Yadier Molina picking up two and Matt Carpenter snapping an 0 for 17 slump with a double in the second inning, part of a four run inning off Cubs starter Jason Hammel.