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St.  Louis,  MO (SportsNetwork.com)  - Welington  Castillo crushed a three-run 
homer  in the  11th inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 win over the St. 
Louis Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. 

Nate  Schierholtz opened  the 11th with a  double, his fourth hit of the game. 
After a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk by Trevor Rosenthal (0-1), Ryan 
Kalish popped up a safety squeeze that was caught by catcher Yadier Molina. 

Castillo  followed  by launching  his second  home run of  the season to left- 
center field. 

"I  think  he [Wellington] just wanted  to get in  there and do his job," said 
Cubs manager Rick Renteria. "He got a good pitch to handle and drove it out of 
the ballpark." 

The  Cardinals, who  erased a  3-1 deficit  in the  ninth against  Jose Veras, 
couldn't  rally  a second time. Hector  Rondon worked around a two-out walk to 
record  his  first career save.  Justin Grimm (1-0) rebounded from consecutive 
four-pitch walks to preserve the 3-3 tie in the 10th. 

"They  showed  a lot of  fight to get  us back into the  game. It's a shame we 
couldn't finish it," said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. 

Veras  gave up a leadoff single to Molina and grazed Allen Craig with a pitch. 
The play was upheld by a video review. 

After  a  sac bunt advanced  the runners, Molina raced  home on a passed ball. 
Veras then hit another batter and issued a walk to loaded the bases before the 
Cardinals tied the game on Matt Carpenter's sac fly to right field. 

Matt  Adams  doubled to lead  off the second and  scored on Molina's single to 
right field. Schierholtz nearly made a diving catch on the play. 

The   Cubs  finally   scored  a  run  for Chicago  starter  Jeff  Samardzija, 
capitalizing  on  an error. Chicago had  been shut out in each of Samardzija's 
first two outings this season. 

Anthony  Rizzo reached  on second  baseman Kolten  Wong's fielding  blunder to 
open  the seventh, and St. Louis starter Joe Kelly gave up consecutive singles 
to Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney that produced the tying run. 

The  Cubs then tried  to pull off a double steal with reliever Carlos Martinez 
on  the  mound,  but  Schierholtz  was thrown  out  at  third  base.  Martinez 
intentionally  walked  Kalish after  Starlin Castro popped  out and induced an 
inning-ending groundout by Castillo. 

Chicago  did  move  ahead in  the  eighth,  as  Rizzo  lofted a  sac  fly  and 
Schierholtz followed with an RBI single. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Cardinals  have lost  back-to-back games  for the  first time this season 
...Samardzija  allowed  six hits  and struck  out four  over seven innings ... 
Kelly also gave up six hits in his six-inning outing. 

 
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