Ian Happ drove a two-out, two-bustle homer within the ninth inning to bitter what might perchance simply be Jon Lester’s last career originate, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Saturday night time.
Lester, 37, hasn’t declared whether he intends to come support support for a 17th season. The left-hander pitched for the Cubs for six seasons, in conjunction with the 2016 World Sequence crew.
Happ drove a 2-0 pitch from Luís Garcia (1-1) over the heart-field wall for his career-high 25th dwelling bustle of the season.
The blast made a winner out of Jason Adam (1-0), who pitched an ideal eighth. Rowan Wick picked up his fifth keep because the Cubs despatched the Cardinals to right their second defeat in their last 21 games.
Lester allowed no longer lower than one baserunner in every of his 5 innings and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in fourth. He walked four, the last two to load the bases in entrance of Trayce Thompson, who burned Lester with his first career big slam for a 4-1 lead within the fifth.
Dylan Carlson’s two-bustle single capped a 3-bustle seventh, placing the Cardinals ahead 5-4.
Harrison Bader hammered a 92 mph sinker from Adrian Sampson over the left-field wall for his first career leadoff dwelling bustle. It turned into the fifth time the Cardinals first batter of a game went deep this season and came in Bader’s 10th career game hitting atop the characterize.
Tyler O’Neill’s RBI triple within the fifth reduce the Cubs lead to 4-2.
Sampson gave up right Bader’s long ball in his four innings. He pitched round clogged basepaths his first two innings and turned into aided by seven strikeouts.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina turned into support within the starting lineup after missing four games with correct shoulder stiffness. He went 0 for 4.
With his pinch-hitting look within the fifth, Tyler Ladendorf turned the 67th participant aged this season by the Cubs, tying the MLB file space by the 2019 Mariners.
Cubs: C Willson Contreras left the game within the third inning with correct hip tightness. RHP Tommy Nance turned into positioned on the injured checklist with out a specifics given, and RHP Joe Biagini turned into chosen from Triple-A Iowa.
Cardinals: RHP Genesis Cabrera (split fingernail) is expected to be on hand for the postseason. Cabrera left Friday’s game after strolling three of the four batters he faced.
The Cardinals send RHP Jake Woodford (3-3, 3.88 ERA) to the mound within the in vogue season finale, while the Cubs counter with RHP Alec Mills (6-7, 5.09) on Sunday. Woodford had a 1.90 ERA in 5 September appearances, in conjunction with four starts. Mills has allowed 3-plus runs in his last three and in 5 of his last seven starts.