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Edmonds powers win
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Cubs 3, Cardinals 2
Henry Blanco sizes up the ball on his game-winning hit. (M. Spencer Green/AP)
Henry Blanco came through with a bases-loaded single to drive in the winning run in the 11th inning, giving the Cubs the opener vs. their division rivals. Jim Edmonds hit a pair of home runs against his former team, his second tying the game in the seventh.
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Series at a glance:
STL
St. Louis (64-54)
Lost 2
Chi Cubs 3, St. Louis 2   CHC
Chi Cubs (70-46)
Won 3
August 8, 2008
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St. Louis
0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 8 1
Chi Cubs
0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   3 10 1
Standings thru 8/8/08  |  Recap: STL | CHC  |  Gameday  |  Cardinals stats  |  Cubs stats
St. LouisABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mather, LF5121010.250
Kennedy, 2B5021001.275
  Franklin, P0000000.000
Pujols, 1B4010102.349
Ludwick, RF3000211.305
Glaus, 3B5000025.267
Molina, C5000020.303
Izturis, SS3020100.247
Looper, P2000020.273
  McClellan, P0000000.000
  a-Ankiel, PH1000001.280
  Perez, C, P0000000.000
  Miles, 2B0000000.317
Schumaker, CF4110002.300
Totals372824812 

a-Popped out for McClellan in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Izturis (9, Lilly).
HR: Mather (6, 3rd inning off Lilly, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Mather 5; Kennedy 2; Pujols; Izturis 3; Schumaker.
RBI: Mather (13), Kennedy (25).
2-out RBI: Mather.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ludwick; Schumaker 2; Glaus.
S: Looper.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Izturis 2 (14, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto, 3rd base off Samardzija/Soto).
CS: Pujols (2, 2nd base by Samardzija/Blanco), Izturis (4, home by Lilly/Soto).

FIELDING
E: Kennedy (7, throw).
DP: (Pujols-Izturis-Pujols).

 
Chi CubsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF5000010.293
Theriot, SS5020000.315
Lee, 1B4110112.292
Ramirez, A, 3B4020101.278
Fukudome, RF4000114.273
Soto, C4020010.280
  1-Cedeno, PR0000000.279
  Blanco, C1011000.300
Edmonds, CF4222002.247
DeRosa, 2B4000011.275
Lilly, P3000010.174
  Marmol, P0000000.000
  Samardzija, P0000000.000
  a-Ward, PH1000000.224
  Howry, P0000000.000
Totals3931033610 

a-Flied out for Samardzija in the 10th.
1-Ran for Soto in the 9th.

BATTING
HR: Edmonds 2 (15, 2nd inning off Looper, 0 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Looper, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Theriot 2; Lee; Ramirez, A 2; Soto 2; Blanco; Edmonds 8.
RBI: Edmonds 2 (44), Blanco (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fukudome 2; DeRosa.
GIDP: Edmonds.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
E: Edmonds (5, throw).
Outfield assists: Soriano (Mather at home).
DP: (Soriano-Soto).

 
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Looper 7.06221324.20
McClellan 1.01000202.73
Perez, C 1.01000103.76
Franklin (L, 4-5)1.02112003.65
 
Chi CubsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lilly 7.17222414.26
Marmol 0.20001103.00
Samardzija 2.01001101.59
Howry (W, 5-4)1.00000205.20

Franklin pitched to 4 batters in the 11th.

WP: Marmol.
IBB: Fukudome (by Franklin), Pujols (by Lilly), Ludwick (by Marmol).
Pitches-strikes: Looper 96-60, McClellan 15-11, Perez, C 20-12, Franklin 28-14, Lilly 83-58, Marmol 15-5, Samardzija 32-17, Howry 14-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Looper 9-9, McClellan 1-0, Perez, C 2-0, Franklin 1-2, Lilly 7-9, Marmol 0-1, Samardzija 3-1, Howry 1-0.
Batters faced: Looper 27, McClellan 4, Perez, C 4, Franklin 7, Lilly 29, Marmol 3, Samardzija 7, Howry 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Marmol 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Paul Nauert. 1B: James Hoye. 2B: Tom Hallion. 3B: Brian O'Nora.
Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 12 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:08.
Att: 41,539.
August 8, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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