Deja Vu: Walks Doom Cubs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Kyle Farnsworth walked the bases loaded before giving up a game-winning RBI single to Scott Rolen in the 10th inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in 10 innings Sunday. It was the second time in three days that Farnsworth's (0-2) poor control contributed to a losing effort on the Cubs' part.

Both starters, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Morris, were brilliant, combining to allow just seven hits in 16 innings total.

Zambrano threw seven scoreless frames, allowing just three hits while striking out a career-high 12 batters, while Morris pitched nine innings, scattering four hits while striking out four.

Neither team benefited from any show of offensive support, as the two teams combined for only 10 hits through nine innings.

Finally, in the bottom of the 10th, second baseman Tony Womack drew a leadoff walk to put the winning run on base. After So Taguchi moved him into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Farnsworth, struggling with control problems in clutch situations since the beginning of the season, proceeded to walk first baseman Albert Pujols and center fielder Jim Edmonds before Rolen stepped up with the bases loaded and nobody out.

After jumping ahead in the count 2-0, Rolen shocked the world by going after the pitch, lining the game-winner over the head of Ramon Martinez and into left-center for the game's only run.

Jason Isringhausen (2-0) picked up the win in relief for the Redbirds. St. Louis left 12 men on bases; the Cubs five.

The finale of the four-game series is tomorrow at 12:10 CDT, with Greg Maddux set to go up against Cardinal right-hander Jason Marquis.

NOTES: The Cubs have now lost 27 of their last 33 games at Busch Stadium, and four of their last six in the regular season.

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