Cards Complete Sweep of Cubs on Sunday

Gary Bennett lifted a two-out, bases-loaded walk off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to lead St. Louis to a 10-6 win and three-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs. Sunday's win gives St. Louis a three-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central Division race.

Bennett playing in place of the injured Yadier Molina, also hit the game-winning single in a 2-1 victory Saturday and topped that with his first career grand slam off Bob Howry (3-5) on Sunday.

It was the fourth homer of the year for Bennett. All have come since Aug. 18.

Braden Looper picked up the win on Sunday pitching a scoreless ninth inning in relief to improve to 7-1 for the season. Bob Howry took the loss for Chicago.

Cardinal starter Jeff Weaver lasted 6.1 innings on Sunday, giving up five runs on seven hits and did not factor into the decision.

The Cardinals have a rare off day on Monday, before the Florida Marlins come to Busch Stadium for a three-game set on Tuesday.

The Cubs and Cardinals just completed their final series of the season yesterday after meeting for the fifth time during the season. The Cardinals improved to 8-11 vs. the Cubs this season after the three game sweep at home.

The win Sunday brings the Cardinals record against NL Central Division opponents to 32-32, .500 for the season.

Coming up Tuesday, Mark Mulder will be making his second start since coming off the disabled list, his 17th start overall. The big left-hander did not fare well last Wednesday, (8/23) in his first outing since 6/20. Mulder lasted just 3.0 innings allowing nine earned runs on nine hits and four walks.

Mulder will be making his second start against Florida this year on Tuesday. He picked up the win on 5/6 working 6.0 innings in a 7-6 team win...Mulder allowed three runs on six hits in that game...overall Mark has faced the Marlins just two times in his career and is 1-1 in 9.2 IP with a 10.24 ERA.

Mulder insisted after his last start that he is healthy, all eyes will be on him Tuesday night, if the Cardinals hope to go deep into post season play, Mulder will have to return to the form that made him one of the best left-handers in the business.

A LOOK AHEAD

Mon., Aug. 28: OPEN DATE

Tue., Aug. 29 vs. MARLINS: Mark Mulder (6-6, 6.77) vs. Scott Olsen (10-7, 4.42) 7:10 p.m.*

Wed., Aug. 30 vs. MARLINS: Jason Marquis (13-12, 5.77) vs. Ricky Nolasco (11-8, 4.45)7:10 p.m.*

Thur., Aug. 31 vs. MARLINS: Jeff Suppan (10-7, 4.77) vs. Dontrelle Willis (9-10, 4.01) 7:10 p.m.*


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