Molina leads Cardinals past Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings
Thursday, July 22, 2021

(ST. LOUIS) – St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt had one thought when he saw Yadier Molina striding to home plate in the 10th inning: Game over. Molina doubled home the winning run against All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to give St. Louis a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night. Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings for the Cardinals. Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson each hit an RBI double in the seventh to put St. Louis ahead 2-1. Bader also robbed Willson Contreras of an early two-run homer. Chicago tied it in the ninth on pinch-hitter Eric Sogard's run-scoring double off Giovanny Gallegos. Anthony Rizzo began the top of the 10th on second and went to third on a single by Javier Baez that chased John Gant. But on a force out at second, Rizzo stopped halfway down the line and was tagged out in a rundown for a double play. Paul Goldschmidt started the bottom of the 10th as the automatic runner on second base. Nolan Arenado drew a walk from Kimbrel (1-3), who got the final out in the ninth for the Cubs. Molina then hit a drive to right field for a ground-rule double and his ninth career game-ending hit. St. Louis went ahead 2-1 in the seventh when they chased Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who had won 10 straight decisions.