Cubs ride big sixth and hold off Cards 9-7 - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Cubs ride big sixth and hold off Cards 9-7

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Derrek Lee homered his first two at-bats, helping the Chicago Cubs pummel Kyle Lohse and knock the St. Louis Cardinals out of first place in the NL Central with a 9-7 victory on Sunday.

Ryan Dempster (11-8) won his third straight start for the Cubs, who have won only four of 18 but took two out of three against a team that had grabbed the division lead with a three-game sweep at Cincinnati. The Cubs won consecutive games for the first time since July 23-24 against the Cardinals at home.

Albert Pujols became the first player to hit 30 homers in his first 10 seasons when he belted a drive to straightaway center in the first. The St. Louis slugger has homered in seven of his last 13 games.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Powered by Frankly