Cubs can't pull out 2nd straight comeback win

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 26, 2014 at 8:38 pm •  Published: July 26, 2014
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs tried to follow the same script that produced a comeback win the day before. They just couldn't pull off a similar finish.

The Cubs fell behind St. Louis early and tied it with an unlikely home run, but the Cardinals ended up with a 6-3 victory on Saturday in front of a big crowd divided by fans of the rival clubs.

Matt Adams drove in four runs, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits in his St. Louis debut, and the Cardinals snapped a four-game skid.

"Adams had the day," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He was our guy. Getting the big hit early on, hitting a couple balls hard with guys in scoring position."

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta settled in after a two-run first inning and allowed just three base runners the rest of the way. He thwarted threats in the fourth and fifth innings, and a diving catch by left fielder Chris Coughlan helped Arrieta escape the sixth.

"(I tried to) keep the team in the game," Arrieta said. "We fought back and we made it a pretty close game there at the end. We just came out on the other side."

Just like on Friday, the Cubs recovered from a first-inning deficit.. Anthony Rizzo had an RBI groundout in the fourth, and Nate Schierholtz hit a solo home run in the sixth, tying it at 2. It was Schierholtz's fourth career pinch-homer.

With Arrieta out of the game, the Cardinals pulled back ahead in the seventh, scoring four runs against James Russell (0-2). Jon Jay hit a leadoff single, advanced on a sacrifice and stole third. He scored the tiebreaking run on Matt Carpenter's grounder.

Adams, who hit a two-run double in the first, followed three batters later with a triple to score two runs. Pierzynski capped the inning with an RBI single to make it 6-2.

"Adams put a good at-bat together," Russell said. "He fouled a lot of pitches off. He ended up getting a mistake and he did what he's supposed to do with it and put it in the gap."

Russell allowed four earned runs in his worst outing since July 21, 2012, when he gave up six runs, also against the Cardinals.

"All (the pitchers) have actually done a great job for us, and every now and then you have a hiccup. Today he had a hiccup," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.

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