ChiCub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stl 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 X 7
Date of game: 9/27/2013

Recap: St. Louis vs. Chicago Cubs

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals locked up their first division crown in four years Friday with a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

David Freese and Matt Holliday each hit solo home runs, Yadier Molina went 2- for-4 with three RBI and Lance Lynn tossed six scoreless innings for the NL Central champions.

Lynn (15-10) struck out nine, did not issue a walk and scattered three singles and a double in the rout.

The Cardinals, winners of a division that boasts three 90-plus win teams, kept pace with the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the NL with two games to play, though the Braves own the tiebreaker.

"It doesn't end here," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We have some other goals set."

Cubs All-Star starter Travis Wood (9-12) was only scheduled to pitch one inning in an effort to save his arm while at least allowing him to reach the 200-inning milestone.

That inning did not go as planned, as the Cardinals pushed across three runs while batting around with four hits and two walks. Molina doubled in a pair, then scored on Jon Jay's base hit to center.

In the third, Freese took Brooks Raley into the bullpen beyond the wall in right-center, and two more runs in the fourth -- via Dioner Navarro's throwing error and Molina's groundout -- gave St. Louis a 6-0 cushion.

Holliday launched his 21st home run of the year in the sixth off Blake Parker, and the Cardinals' bullpen kept Chicago off the board over the final three innings.

Trevor Rosenthal was on the hill for the final out, retiring Darwin Barney on a groundout to start the celebration.

"I don't really like watching celebrations if I'm not involved in it," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Game Notes

This is the Cardinals' 24th division title in franchise history ... St. Louis's 52 home wins matched its record for the current Busch Stadium, set in 2010 ... Lynn also eclipsed the 200-inning plateau this year ... Wood's ERA rose to 3.11. He was trying to become the second Cubs left-hander in the last 50 years to turn in a sub-3.00 ERA with at least 200 innings pitched ... Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter is one hit away from 200 this year.

Two Payton Award winners on Hall of Fame ballot

Former Walter Payton Award winners Archie Amerson and Michael Payton are among the FCS players eligible for induction into the 2015 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Thunder exercise options on Lamb, Adams, Roberson, and Jones

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised club options on guard Jeremy Lamb, center Steven Adams and forwards Andre Roberson and Perry Jones on Tuesday.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.