Russell makes food run, Cubs beat Cards to near clinch

Russell makes food run, Cubs beat Cards to near clinch

Louis Cardinals meet Tuesday in Major League Baseball action at Busch Stadium on ESPN. Molina left the Monday game in the seventh inning after taking consecutive foul balls off the mask.

Lester (12-8) bounced back from a rough outing Wednesday in an 8-1 loss at Tampa Bay, giving up a run on five hits on Monday.

"Unfortunately, the second one got him a little bit better and at that point, there was not going to be a conversation".

Not to be forgotten, the Cardinals were eliminated from NL Central contention with Monday's loss.

"Much better game tonight", Lester said. The team announced that Molina was in the concussion protocol. "Give our guys credit for playing that kind of game tonight nearly from the first pitch". Maddon said he thought Baez might be able to play today. Milwaukee began the day one game behind Colorado for the NL's second wild card. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA this year in three starts against the Cardinals.

Baez went deep off Cardinals starter Luke Weaver in the top of the third inning and then tacked on a single in the top of the eighth before getting removed for late-sub Ian Happ.

Weaver was lit up for eight runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings.

Never mind the fact the batter who hit the nacho-killing foul ball, Jedd Gyorko, followed with a home run off Jon Lester with one out in the second.

St. Louis rookie Luke Voit hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. That means the D-backs will play a one-game playoff series on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with the victor moving on to a best-of-5 National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals. "I have to put hitters on the defensive as opposed to pitching from the scouting report from pitch one".

NOTES: Jose Quintana's three-hit shutout Sunday at Milwaukee was the Cubs' first by a lefty since Rich Hill had one on September 16, 2006, in a 4-0 victory over Cincinnati.

Cardinals: Jose Martinez, who is out with sprained left thumb, will attempt to take some swings Tuesday to see if he can return to action this week.