Cardinals rally from 6-0 deficit, beat Cubs

Monday, July 29, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Edgar Renteria's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 10-9 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

Renteria drove in four runs as the Cardinals came back from a 6-0 deficit after three innings.

The Cardinals entered the ninth trailing 9-5, but Fernadno Vina led off the inning with an infield single. An RBI double by pinch-hitter Miguel Cairo scored Vina and an RBI single by Jim Edmonds brought in closer Antonio Alfonseca, who walked Albert Pujols, struck out J.D. Drew and then gave up and Tino Martinez.

The game-winner

Alfonseca (1-2) then gave up Edgar Renteria's towering shot to left-center to end the game.

Dave Veres (4-6) pitched the final two innings for the win.

Moises Alou and Corey Patterson each drove in three runs for the Cubs and starter Matt Clement allowed two runs in his first start since allowing six runs against Philadelphia last Tuesday, but the Cubs' bullpen let them down.

The Cubs are 3-17 at Busch Stadium since 2000.

After Patterson's three-run homer gave the Cubs a 6-0 lead, the Cardinals began to chip away.

St. Louis scored four runs in the sixth inning after shortstop Mark Bellhorn's throwing error.

The Cubs added two runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Todd Hundley and a sacrifice fly by Farnsworth. Bill Mueller's fourth home run in the eighth made the score 9-4.

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